Arkansas director-producer Harry Thomason continued to shoot in his home state with this film.
A young woman just released from a mental hospital moves back in with her family. However, she is soon troubled by disturbing visions in which she commits a series of axe murder. It stars former TV actress Lori Saunders as wealthy heiress Gloria Wellman, just released from a mental hospital into the care of her Uncle Rick (screen veteran Dean Jagger).
At the Wellman family's Arkansas mansion, 29-year-old Gloria struggles to find happiness until she meets eccentric novelist, Chris (Little Rock actor/advertising executive Bob Ginnaven). The proverbial whirlwind romance ensues (picnic, boating, horse-riding, kiting, zoo trip; the works... Does Tolkien fanboy Chris know how to spoil a lady?), and the newlyweds move into a supposedly haunted house, vacant ever since a horrifying, and still unsolved, murder claimed the previous owner. After one dark and stormy night's power outage, Gloria finds the house's atmosphere increasingly disturbing. She keeps hearing a music box tune playing and repeatedly suffers from eerie visions of a theatrically attired Death, who takes his shiny two-bladed axe to the chains and woodwork of a coffin-shaped crate on a railway station platform.
When released, the film was “billed as Love Story meets Psycho.”