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Release Date:
10 October 1973 (USA) See more »
Can you see them, Sally ... hiding in the shadows. They're alive, Sally. They want you to be one of them when the lights go out. See more »
A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kim Darby ... Sally Farnham

Jim Hutton ... Alex Farnham
Barbara Anderson ... Joan Kahn

William Demarest ... Mr. Harris

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Francisco Perez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lesley Woods ... Ethyl
Robert Cleaves ... Doctor
Sterling Swanson ... Policeman
Joel Lawrence ... George Kahn (as J.H. Lawrence)

William Sylvester ... Tom Henderson
Don Mallon ... Bob

Celia Milius ... Anne (as Celia Kaye)
Elizabeth St. Clair ... Party Guest
Monika Henreid ... Party Guest (as Monica Henreid)
Robert Priest ... Party Guest
Ted Swanson ... Bartender

Felix Silla ... Creature
Tamara De Treaux ... Creature (as Tamara DeTreaux)
Patty Maloney ... Creature
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel McKeand ... Demon (voice)

Directed by
John Newland 
Writing credits
Nigel McKeand (written by)

Produced by
Allen S. Epstein .... producer
Neil T. Maffeo .... associate producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael McCroskey 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
Production Design by
Ed Graves 
Set Decoration by
James Cane 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (as Mike Hancock)
Bruce Jossen .... hair stylist (as Jossen)
Production Management
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive production manager
Ted Swanson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Haggard .... second assistant director
Ted Swanson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Horst Grandt .... property master
Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor
Charles T. Knight .... production sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
Jack Wheeler .... sound effects editor
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
John L. Black .... key grip (as John Black)
Tom Hayes .... electrical gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gene Fowler Jr. .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Joe Tuley .... music editor
Other crew
Julie Waxman .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nightmare" - Europe (English title) (video box title)
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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (video rating) | USA:Unrated

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Nigel McKeand stated that the creatures seen are more 'lumbering' than he intended in the script; his version of the creatures were quick, thin, and more demonic.See more »
Continuity: (at around 1h 5 mins) When the creatures cut the electric cable and plunge the house into darkness, when Joan is outside trying to get back into the house after looking at the fuse box, it's daylight out - or at least twilight. However, just a few moments earlier, when she was in the bedroom with Sally and looked out the window, it was very dark outside, clearly night time. At the same time that this action is happening, Alex is driving back to the house with Mr. Harris, and it's clearly night. But as Joan is circling the house to get in, you can see sunlight casting shadows on the house and on the ground behind her.See more »
Creatures:[closing lines] When will they come? When will they come? When will they come and set us free?
Sally Farnham:Of course they will come. You know they will.
Creatures:But when? When? When?
Sally Farnham:Soon. Very soon. We've lots of time. Lots of time. All the time in the world.
Creatures:All the time in the world . Time. Time. Time to set us free again.
Sally Farnham:All the time in the world.
Creatures:To set us free. Set us free. Set us free in the world. Free. Free. Free in the world. Set us free!
[Maniacal laughter]
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Very Scary When I Saw it as a Kid, 22 July 2006
Author: Brock-47 from United States

I also saw this movie as a kid and was haunted by it for a long while. I still remember being scared of the little creatures. There was another somewhat similar TV movie called Trilogy of Terror (just found the titles of both of these movies on the web out of curiosity) with Karen Black where she was haunted by a little voodoo like creature with a spear that also really got me good. As far as the effect a scary movie had on me at the time I saw it, this was by far the scariest movie I have seen in my life. I don't know if it would have much an effect on me now or not but it certainly did then.

I'm guessing it is not available on DVD or video.

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