After her mother's brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is suddenly orphaned. She is sent to a home for children run by the enigmatic Mrs. Deere (Gloria Grahame, a 1952 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® winner for her role in The Bad and The Beautiful), in spite of the concern that Ellie will be the newest target of her mother's killer. But as terror strikes again and again, it becomes unclear who might be the bigger threat to Ellie's life: the mysterious murderer with a hammer… or her sadistic new caretaker.
|Gloria Grahame||Mrs. Deere|
|Milton Selzer||Harold Mullins|
|Len Lesser||Tom Kredge|
|Vic Tayback||Calvin Carruthers|
|Melody Patterson||Ellie Masters|
|Louise Sherrill||Edna Masters|
|Joe Durkin||Unidentified Man with Edna / Unidentified Man|