Look, it’s a great deal: a giant, if slightly creepy, old mansion comes up for rent just as you and your family find yourselves in need of a break from city life. The admittedly weird owners are letting the place go for the whole summer for a song, and its remote location means that you won’t be bothered by anything or anyone. What’s the catch, you ask? Well, you’re just going to have to feed mother, who refuses to leave her cozy nook in the attic—but she’s Academy Award-winning screen legend Eileen Heckart! Seriously, what could go wrong?
Though the set-up is stock, the movie builds slowly and goes in some unexpected directions (seriously, never agree to feed your Airbnb host’s mother). Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis directed and co-wrote, and the cast is pretty amazing: not just Heckart, but Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, and (deep in her horror-movie phase) Ms. Bette Davis herself appear.
Where to stream: AMC+