Brief summary: The poster looks it might spoil the film for those who haven’t seen, but believe me, while it tells a bit of the story, it doesn’t spoil anything.
Jodie Foster plays Rynn Jacobs, an introspective, highly-intelligent teenage girl, who lives a very odd, independent life. She befriends local aspiring teenage magician Mario, and several people in town frequently wonder (and talk) about her, and eventually about Mario as well. What are these two up to? Then there’s Frank Hallet (Martin Sheen), the local creep/stalker… who can’t seem to keep his eyes (or his hands) off of Rynn.
I saw this for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in about five years. The music’s awesome, the story is creepy as fuck, and, while it’s considered a “horror” film, I’d consider it more of a psychological thriller… but not fast-paced. The ending (and the closing credits scene) is incredibly awesome and intense, and if anything put Foster on the map as a great actress, it would be the final scene in this film.
The whole movie is really fucking good, and Scott Jacoby, who plays Mario, steals a lot of the scenes (shame he hasn’t really been a lot of films since). This is without a doubt one of Jodie Foster’s lesser-known (but classic) films. When people think of Jodie Foster’s 70s films, they mainly think of Taxi Driver (which is, of course, brilliant)…. but this one deserves at least one viewing.