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Encounter with the Unknown (1973)

PG  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  1 November 1975 (USA)
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Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother ... See full summary »

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Narrator (voice)
Robert Ginnaven ...
Father Duane (as Bob Ginnaven)
Gary Brockette ...
Frank Cameron
John Leslie ...
Randy Powell
Tom Haywood ...
Dave Terrell
Fran Franklin ...
Mrs. Davis
James N. Harrell ...
Brother Taylor (as Jim Harrell)
John Cissne ...
Johnny Davis
Mary Jane Wilson ...
Mrs. Wilson
Lyle Armstrong ...
Second Priest
Charles Rumph ...
Student
Kevin Bieberly ...
Jess
Annabelle Weenick ...
Mother
Robert Holton ...
Joe
Frank Schaefer ...
Barber
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Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother forecasts the deaths of the three young men she holds responsible, on 7, 14, and 21 days hence. And, one by one, her grim predictions come true. Next, a ghoulish sound emanates from a mist-shrouded hole in the Earth near where a Missouri boy has lost his dog. The boy's father is lowered into the hole and lets out an agonizing scream! Finally, a senator returning home from a party finds a lost girl on a bridge and learns from her father that she died years earlier! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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An incredible journey into the supernatural.

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The graveyard scenes were shot on location at the Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas. See more »

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The opening of the film has a roll up of text on screen, like Star Wars and many films do. A narrator, not Rod Serling, is reading the words you see on screen, but about halfway through the roll what the narrator is reading and what is on screen are totally different. One or the other must be from a wrong draft of the script. See more »

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Mrs. Davis: Listen you well to my word. One by land, two by sky. Look to the heptagon for it is there. Seven times around go the three of you and may your reward be just and true.
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Sleepy Shores
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Composed and Performed by Johnny Pearson
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Rod Serling As Narrator.
20 August 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Rod Serling made a living late in his life narrating various specials, and this film, which isn't that famous, but for those of us who saw it on television, it was one to remember.

Starts off atmospherically in a cemetery, where the following three tales of supernatural encounters are supposed to have been recorded by a paranormal researcher, but I have never seen this person verified!(Was he made up for dramatic reasons?) First story involves a mother's death curse against the three teenagers whose cruel prank led to her son's death; eerie, but becomes repetitive, with too many flashbacks and close ups of the mother.

The second story is the best, about a mysterious hole that appears in the ground somewhere in the south, where frightening sounds can be heard emanating from. Really creepy and effective, with a memorable payoff. Not easily forgotten.

Third story is the old chestnut of the vanishing hitch-hiker; nothing new, but effectively creates a melancholy air about lost love and wasted life that will stay with you.

The entire film is atmospheric, with a notable early 1970's aura about it. On DVD, and worth tracking down.


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