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Director:
Writer:
Nigel McKeand (written by)
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Release Date:
10 October 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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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A movie that was fun to be scared by See more (163 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
The role of Alex Farnham was originally to be played by George Hamilton.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A movie that was fun to be scared by, 15 October 2005
Author: jonesy74-1 from United States

What a sadistically weird movie this was! Have you ever thought you saw something out of the corner of your eye, but when you looked directly at it, it wasn't there? Of course, it was in the shadows, so if it really WERE there, you wouldn't know for sure, would you? That's what this movie is about. Small, dangerous things in the shadows. Of course, they couldn't harm you directly... while you were alert... but they sure could mess you up if, say... they strung a rope across the stairs or did something to you in your sleep.

The theme of this movie is, "Did I really see it?" And of course, we know Kim Darby really did, but it was too late when she finally knew forsure.

As a t.v. movie, it was okay - production, setting, acting, special effects and make-up... but the idea of things... lurking... waiting... made your hair stand up and want to exit the room along with the rest of your body.

And what the heck WERE those things, anyway? They lived in the furnace... or BELOW the furnace - we know that for sure. But were they demons? Goblins? Aliens? And was one of them Kim Darby's grandfather? We never know the answer to this. All we know is they're nasty spiteful little things that want to make you one of them. And, I guess, that was the spookiest part of the story - it never let you know the answer. Just made you wonder what sort of ickies could be lurking below YOUR furnace! The spookiest moment is when Kim ticks one of them off and it makes the nastiest face. You really don't want to tick one of these little creepy-crawlers off.

I watched this movie-of-the-week alone at night really late while I was home by myself. Even though I was well into my teens at the time, I was totally weirded out.

The moral of the story, I guess, is that if you don't want evil miniature creatures to drag your wife off to the nether-regions below your furnace, don't be a workaholic and ignore her when she says she's seeing strange nasties in the corners or the room.

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