Bad Ronald (Buzz Kulik, US 1974, 74 min.) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (John Newland, US 1973, 74 min.)
Halloween. From the early ’70s — the golden age of the made-for-TV thriller — come two very good reasons to sleep with the lights on. In Bad Ronald, a family moves into their new home unaware that it’s already occupied — by a creepy kid (Scott Jacoby) who’s been hiding in a secret room since accidentally killing a young girl. In Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (remade in 2011 as a big-budget feature starring Katie Holmes), new homeowner Kim Darby is menaced by tiny goblins only she can see, and who only come out when it’s dark.