I’m trying to find the title of a made for TV (I think so) movie about a girl who loses her sister in a car accident and then starts to talk to her Ghost. The ghost of her dead sister apparently is not happy with the family and convinces her to kill them one by one. She kills her younger brother by having him go out the window to get a ball or frisbee or something. She kills her dad in the bathtub with a hairdryer, I think it was. And tries to kill her mom with a pizza cutter, where there’s a scene of her mother trying to call for help and the girl is rolling the pizza cutter up the banister on the stairs and then cut the phone line. I don’t remember what happens after that.
This is the 1982 made-for-TV horror movie Don’t Go to Sleep that starred Dennis Weaver and Valerie Harper as the parents and Ruth Gordon as the grandmother. I’m a huge fan of early 1970’s TV horror films — the stuff I watched as a kid. The genre had pretty much died off by the early 1980’s except for a few gems like this one. It gets a lot of discussion in TV horror fan forums because it traumatized many a kid who caught it at the right age — especially the pizza cutter and Frisbee scenes. I was too old by the time this one aired to have that kind of reaction, but had I been younger, I might rank this movie right up there with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for pure creepiness.
It had a legitimate VHS release in the early years of home video, but other than easy-to-find bootleg DVD-R copies, I don’t think ever got a legitimate release on DVD, which is a crying shame. You can watch the entire movie on youtube, however.