Willard (1971 film)
Willard is a 1971 American horror film directed by Daniel Mann and starring Bruce Davison and Ernest Borgnine. Based on the novel Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert, the film was nominated for an Edgar Award for best picture. The supporting cast included Elsa Lanchester in one of her last performances before her death, and Sondra Locke in one of her first. The film was a summer hit in 1971; opening to good reviews and high box office returns. It inspired other horror films with wild animals as predators such as the hit film Jaws (1975), as well as psychological thrillers with social outcasts as the protagonists, such as the hit film Carrie (1976).
- Directed by Daniel Mann. Produced by Charles A. Pratt and Mort Briskin.
- Willard Stiles: Tear him up!
- [last lines]
- Willard Stiles: [screaming] I was good to you, Ben!
- This is Willard and his friend Ben. Ben will do anything for Willard.
- Teamed up to Tear 'em up! [poster for double-feature pairing "Willard" and "Ben"]
- Where your nightmares end... WILLARD begins.
- This is the one movie you should not see alone.
- Ben will do anything for Willard... ANYTHING.
- Bruce Davison as Willard Stiles
- Sondra Locke as Joan
- Elsa Lanchester as Henrietta Stiles
- Ernest Borgnine as Al Martin
- Michael Dante as Brandt
- Jody Gilbert as Charlotte Stassen
- William Hansen as Barskin
- John Myhers as Carlson
- J. Pat O'Malley as Jonathan Farley
- Joan Shawlee as Alice
- Almira Sessions as Carrie Smith (final film role)
- Pauline Drake as Ida Stassen
- Helen Spring as Mrs. Becker
- Alan Baxter as Walter T. Spencer
- Sherry Presnell as Mrs. Spencer