Twisted (1986 film)

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Directed by Adam Holender
Produced by Hemdale Film
Bruce Graham
Glenn Kershaw
Written by Christopher Coppola
Nick Vallelonga
Starring Christian Slater
Lois Smith
Tandy Cronyn
Music by Michael Bacon
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski
Edited by Lillian Benson
Peter Hammer
Distributed by Hemdale Film
Release date
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Twisted is a 1986 horror and psychological thriller starring Christian Slater, Lois Smith, and Tandy Cronyn.

The picture's eerie music score was composed by Michael Bacon, whose brother is actor Kevin Bacon.


One evening, the Collins family discovers their maid, Mrs. Murdock, dead at the end of their steps; her neck is broken. Evidently, she had an accident; now they need a new babysitter for an upcoming party. The sensible Helen meets little Susan Collins at the discount market and likes her, so she offers to do the job. She does not know Susan's teenage brother Mark(Christian Slater): technically skilled and good in school, but restive and cunning. Mark also listens regularly to German marching music from the Third Reich. As soon as the parents have left, he psychologically terrorizes Helen and his sister with electronic tricks. Williams (Karl Taylor), a school jock whom Mark burned earlier in science class, is out for revenge; Mark murders him with a fencing sword.

Ultimately, Mark himself is killed when Helen knocks him onto a spiked German helmet. Mark's parents come home to find the house in shambles; Evelyn puts the blame on Helen and tries to have her arrested, unaware that Mark lies dead upstairs. Phillip has already looked in their children's rooms, presumably finding Mark's body, but instead offers Helen a ride home. Helen simply turns down the offer and rides back home herself, with Phillip refusing to have her arrested immediately and suggesting they clean up the house. Secretly, Susan dons her late brother's glasses and proceeds to listen to his Nazi music and the cycle begins anew.


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