The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Don’t irritate Jodie Foster.

Or at least don’t chafe the quietly-dangerous teen she plays in this largely-unsung thriller, one of five films she made in 1976.

While not as well-known as Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone, or Freaky Friday, which also hit theaters that year, Foster’s work as Rynn is, as always, impeccable.

The best actress of my lifetime rules her roost in rural Maine.

She has a father, though he’s AWOL, and anyone who questions her too strongly gets a nasty response.

Enter creepy Martin Sheen and ramp up the suspense.

But, whatever you do, stay out the basement. Just sayin’.

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