The Beguiled (1971)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Period Film  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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One of the few interesting attempts to mix the Western and horror genres, this Civil War Gothic was directed by action specialist Don Siegel (Dirty Harry). Clint Eastwood stars as a wounded Yankee soldier who seeks refuge in an all-girl's school in the South. The tension gets pretty thick as the girls want him to stay as their sex-toy, and headmistress Geraldine Page hacks off his leg in a gruesome amputation sequence. It's not a typical Eastwood movie, but fans of atmospheric chills should seek it out. Pamelyn Ferdin is one of the girls, and went on to play Eastwood's role as helpless prisoner in the infamous Toolbox Murders.