New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
There isn't a lot of it, but the scary stuff in this cold-blooded horror movie is unusually nasty. It isn't the special-effects gore that is so hard to take; it is the infinite insincerity underneath. The crowning touch is when director Michael Winner, never touted as a humanist, but never before unmasked as such a carnival sideshow huckster, gathers together a group of authentic freaks with no other intent than to give you the heebie-jeebies. With Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, and Sylvia Miles. 1977.