Bad Ronald (MOD)

How bad is Ronald? A family finds out when they move into a house with an extra they didn't know about: teenage Ronald, who's been hiding in a secret room since he killed a neighbor girl. Ronald was a little weird then, now he's creepy-scary crazy.


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Genre:   Cult
Theatrical Release Date:   10/23/1974
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Bad Ronald (MOD)
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Bad Ronald
 
3.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Great story (4)

Cons

  • Limited appeal (3)

Best Uses

  • At home (6)
  • Adult viewers (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (7), Casual viewer (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The return of Ronald Wilby!

This has been an extremely hard to find TV movie!
It was never made commercially available, so only poor quality bootlegs were available. The quality is varied on this print too,...Read complete review

This has been an extremely hard to find TV movie!
It was never made commercially available, so only poor quality bootlegs were available. The quality is varied on this print too, and the video drops out at least twice during the program. It was a treat to see it without commercial interruption and for the first time in over 30 years!
Kim Hunter (Zira of "Planet of the Apes") stars as Elaine Wilby, over-protective and over-bearing Mother to only child Ronald. He is the product of a divorce where the Father left and doesn't have any interest in his son. Ronald spends his free time trying to get a girlfriend (unsuccessfully) and diving deeply into a fantasy world of story-telling and artwork. His Mother wants him to become a doctor. Things get uber-creepy when Ronald takes one insult too many and accidentally murders the sister of a neighborhood bully & jock. Elaine devises a plan to keep Ronald hidden for weeks if necessary by helping build a hidden-room that connects through a pantry door! Inside the room, alone and afraid, Ronald stays held-up like a Jew in hiding. After eluding the police for days, Elaine dies on the operating table during routine gall bladder surgery. Now Ronald is completely alone and becomes increasingly irrational. Weeks later, he creates peep holes and begins to spy on the incoming home buyers daughters. Things culminate as the family begins to believe the home is haunted (if they only knew)! Effectively original and creepy thriller!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad Ronald isn't bad

Bad Ronald was far from bad. However, I felt that the print could've been digitally remastered better. The production quality was poor. Yet the story was still entertaining, and sure brought back...Read complete review

Bad Ronald was far from bad. However, I felt that the print could've been digitally remastered better. The production quality was poor. Yet the story was still entertaining, and sure brought back memories from when I first saw it on ABC's "Movie of the week."

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1.0

Nice, but ending was cut off

By Cherbear

from Crystal Beach, Fl

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bad Ronald:

I wanted this movie. Found on WB shop, was so excited and the ending was cut off.when they made the DVD the messed it all up. So sad.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good Television Film

By AlB1

from Central Maine

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Great Story

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bad Ronald:

      A movie I saw years ago, couldn't remember the title. Found it years later and it was as good as I remembered it to be. Glad I found it on this site.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Magnifcently bad!

      By Stichey

      from Salt Lake City

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Camp classic
      • Creepy Wall Living Teen
      • Woeful Acting

      Cons

      • No Scares
      • Only One Bathroom
      • Zira Without Ape Makeup

      Best Uses

      • MST3K Crowd

      Comments about Bad Ronald:

      Even worse that you remember! If you love bad movies, than this former ABC Movie of the Week is a classic! In fact, I have no idea why people my age used to describe this film as so frightening given the movie's VERY low body count and no real scares. Despite there being so little horror in this horror film, there is much in this film to mock and it makes a perfect object of ridicule.

       
      4.0

      Great movie for its time...remake time

      By Mickey

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Pros

      • Great Story

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about Bad Ronald:

        Great movie for its time....a remake would be killer

         
        4.0

        Great quality and service

        By dvdcollecter

        from Woonsocket, Ri.

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Bad Ronald:

        This is my 6th dvd and 2nd purchase from Warner Archive. My first purchase didn't go so smoothly, but [...] I came back for more when Warner offered me a discount on my next purchase. I was very pleased with the [...] quality of the dvd's. I am happy with all 6. Plus they come in a case with artwork. Thank you Warner.

         
        5.0

        great movie!!!

        By lily silver

        from northern CA

        About Me Casual Viewer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters

        Cons

        • Not What I Expected

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers

        Comments about Bad Ronald:

        great movie to watch

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A really creepy movie

        By scifi-guy

        from Riverside, CA

        About Me Movie Buff

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Limited Appeal

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about Bad Ronald:

          This was originally an ABC Movie of the Week and is based on a book by Edgar, Hugo, & Nebula award winning mystery and science fiction writer John Holbrook "Jack" Vance. It is a disturbing story about a boy hidden by his mother in a secret room under the stairs of her house after he accidentally kills a neighbor girl. When the mother dies, Ronald remains in his hidden room until an unsuspecting family with three daughters moves into the house. Then Ronald ventures out to 'play'. A truly unique concept that has since been used in other movies and TV shows. It creeped me out when I saw it on TV when it first aired.

           
          4.0

          He's not bad, he's just misunderstood...

          By 4thtroika

          from Illinois

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Atmospheric
          • Engaging Characters

          Cons

          • Limited Appeal

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about Bad Ronald:

          Some may be put off that the picture quality isn't as good as it could be. I actually think it adds to it. It looks just the way it would've looked when it was shown on tv years ago (remember when they actually showed movies on tv?) and it contributes to the creepy and moody atmosphere. The DVD did freeze up twice, but it was easily fixed. Too bad it couldn't have had more on the DVD than just the movie: maybe some promos from its' original airing on the ABC Movie of the Week, or even an interview with Scott Jacoby. But it is good to have it rereleased, nonetheless. Poor Ronald.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          MOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          By Brand New Lem

          from Atranta, Connecticut

          About Me Movie Buff

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Great Story

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about Bad Ronald:

            Bad Ronald first appeared as an afternoon TV movie, I think it was on ABC's 4:30 movie. Bad Ronald stars Scott Jacoby as a four eyed, bay rum huffing freak. His mother is equally freaky and on loan from Planet Of The Apes. She makes poor Ronald an ex-Lax chocolate cake for his birthday and it's all downhill from there. Ronald splashes on some bay rum (from what bay?) and a Sears leisure suit and tries to score some action at a local pool party. Of course Ronald is humiliated, on his way back to his lair he stumbles into a melonheaded girl on a sting ray bike, she starts to verbally abuse Ronald, so he gives her the cinder block treatment. Ronald bolts home to tell his mother, who expoldes at him, while Ronald gnaws an apple. With Ronald's medical career in jeopardy, Mother decides to hide him in a spare bathroom she calls the lair. Ronald is then subjected to strained beets, pimento loaf, hard boiled eggs and generic instant milk. If that's not enough to make him crack completely, Mother then cashes in her own chips following a gall bladder operation leaving Ronald to sink further into madness. He takes on the alter ego of Prince Norbert Of Atranta and decides to quit bathing and start stinking. At one point Ronald is so ripe his strench actually starts knocking airplanes out of the sky. Along the way Ronald snuffs out the old battle axe Mrs. Schumacher (who lives next door works as a part time beekeeper.)The movie ends up with Ronald freaking out the family who moves into his house, he puts the bag on the evil Duke and finally gets caught by the fuzz. The movie ends with Ronald eating turf from the front lawn screaming MOTHER!!!!!!!! Movies like Bad Ronald don't grow on trees, they grow under them!

             
            3.0

            Bad Ronald isn't bad

            By Big Jim

            from Kalispell, MT

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters
            • Epic Cast

            Cons

            • Better film quality needs

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • In The Car
            • Travel
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about Bad Ronald:

            Bad Ronald was far from bad. However, I felt that the print could've been digitally remastered better. The production quality was poor. Yet the story was still entertaining, and sure brought back memories from when I first saw it on ABC's "Movie of the week."

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