Btw., I don't remember who turned me on to Dear Dead Delilah, but THANK YOU! I really enjoyed this one. For what is basically a murder mystery involving money, it's surprisingly twisted and gory. There's chopped off limbs and heads, and a pretty gruesome shotgun blast to the face. This movie really belongs to the women. The dying matriarch of a rich Southern family, played by a vinegary Agnes Moorehead, has basically disinherited everyone, sending the rest of the family scrambling for a hidden treasure. I love this. Long dead Papa was no doubt a crook, and probably a bit of a racist, but he was progressive about one thing: Of all his children, he realized that the most competent to handle the family finances was his daughter, Delilah. Not his son, who wastes his money on women and gambling, but his daughter. Papa was a feminist before it was cool. Way to go, Papa! The film's unlikely protagonist is Luddy, who has spent her entire adult life in prison for the murder of her mother. Having been taken on as Delilah's carer, Luddy seems sweet, gentle, and totally reformed, at least until she starts waking up with bloody axes in her bed. So, has Luddy defaulted to her murderous ways? Spoiler Any suspicions the audience might have are quickly diffused. In a fun twist, though, Luddy is more than willing to help cover up the first murder with the guy she herself suspects, because: "I killed my mother and if the police come snooping around here, they're gonna assume it was me, and I don't wanna go to jail again." One thing that puzzled me about the casting of young Luddy when I first saw clips from the movie was that she appeared to have a lazy eye - a condition which the adult Luddy does not have (though the movie makes her look significantly older than mid 40's). The Vinegar Syndrome presentation clarified that for me. Apparently, young Luddy had received a good smack on the head from her mother, giving her a black eye. I'd lump Dear Dead Delilah with other proto-slashers, such as Savage Weekend, Blood and Lace, Alice, Sweet Alice, and Silent Night, Bloody Night, all of which I really like. It's also got a bit of the same vibe as Scalpel, but that may just be the Southern setting and the whole dysfunctional family thing.