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The Norliss Tapes (1973)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Norliss
Sanford T. Evans
Ellen Sterns Cort
Sheriff Tom Hartley
Marsha Sterns
Mme. Jeckiel
Charles Langdon
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Mr. Dobkins
Robert Mandan ...
George Rosen
Ed Gilbert ...
Sid Phelps (as Edmund Gilbert)
Jane Dulo ...
Sarah Dobkins
Truck Driver
Bob Schott ...
Man in Langdon Gallery
Patrick Wright ...
Larry Mather


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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Release Date:

21 February 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La voix du vampire  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This movie was intended as a pilot for a TV series of the same name. It was not picked up by NBC. See more »


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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One of the best movies of the 70's
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This was one of the best made-for-tv-movies of the 70's. Why it wasn't continued into a series or trilogy is a mystery, as the ending left you dangling! Superb acting made this a true thriller. If anyone knows where a copy of this movie can be obtained, please post on this comment board. It is never shown on television, which is a shame indeed! Such a waste of some wonderful entertainment!

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