Brian De Palma's ostentatious misdirection completely destroys a promising script by John Farris. Still reeling from the success of Carrie, De Palma turns this 1978 film into an endless series of shock effects, some of which work but most of which don't. Meanwhile, the plot languishes and dies. One long shriek from De Palma's directorial fingernails traveling across the blackboard of your mind. With Kirk Douglas, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Irving, Charles Durning, and a dynamite performance by John Cassavetes. 118 min.