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The Norliss Tapes (1973)

An investigative reporter stumbles onto an artist that has made a pact to come back after his death to sculpt a statue of a demon using human blood and clay. Once the demon is awakened he will be granted immortality.

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David Norliss
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Sanford T. Evans
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Ellen Sterns Cort
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Sheriff Tom Hartley
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Marsha Sterns
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Mme. Jeckiel
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Charles Langdon
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Mr. Dobkins
Robert Mandan ...
George Rosen
Ed Gilbert ...
Sid Phelps (as Edmund Gilbert)
Jane Dulo ...
Sarah Dobkins
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Truck Driver
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Sargoth
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Man in Langdon Gallery
Patrick Wright ...
Larry Mather
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Storyline

A newspaper publisher listens to the personal tapes of investigative reporter David Norliss, who has disappeared during an investigation. The tapes tell the story of that investigation, involving a recent widow whose late husband has been seen working in his private studio. As Norliss and the widow investigate, they unravel a plot involving Voodoo and the walking dead. Written by balkaster

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21 February 1973 (USA)  »

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L'anello del mistero  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was intended as a pilot for a TV series of the same name. It was not picked up by NBC. See more »

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David Norliss: The morning I drove down from San Francisco, the weather was foul. A curtain of cold rain fell from a gun metal grey sky. I'd set up a meeting with Sheriff Hartley in Carmel to discuss the Ellen Court situation. I didn't expect much cooperation from him but it was worth a try. A way to begin. When I pulled up in front of Hartley's office, the sky had begun to clear and the sun was breaking through. I hoped it was a good omen.
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Another Terrific Movie by Dan Curtis Productions
18 June 2004 | by (Huxley,Iowa) – See all my reviews

The Norliss Tapes is another terrific production of Dan Curtis Productions.Dan Curtis Productions made the early made for television series, The Night Stalker,and the early horror soap opera, Dark Shadows to name a couple.I saw this when I was a young teenager for the first time, and I was really scared.I saw this again recently, and it had the very same effect on me that it did when I was young.The movie's soundtrack plays the very creepy music that is in all of Dan Curtis Productions.The music is very effective, and that is one of my favorite parts.This movie's cinema photography was so beautiful.The setting is in the San Francisco area of northern California.The mist and the fog give this movie a sinister look when called for.The actors were excellent. Angie Dickinson as the scared widow was first rate in her role. Roy Thinnes as the part of the investigative reporter was top notch.This movie grabs you from the beginning to the very last moment.If you like very scary movies, then you should see this if you get a chance. I gave this a high rating.I highly recommend this to fans of horror.


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