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Encounter with the Unknown (1973)

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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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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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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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Rememberin' (How It Used To Be)
Performed by Becky Fain
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Interesting and fairly well-done for a cheap horror flick...
7 June 2004 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to tell exactly what the filmmakers were going for, though. The subject matter is treated very seriously, and much hubbub is made about the three stories being true. They were supposedly based on research conducted by parapsychologist Dr. Jonathan Rankin, but here's the deal: as far as I've been able to ascertain, there WAS no Jonathan Rankin. Apparently the writers of "Encounter" invented him. Still, kudos to them for dressing up this patchwork quilt of urban legends and drive-in exploitation in a halfway-convincing manner. Rod Serling's narration helps (actually, there are two narrators; the other one is uncredited, but he sounds like Lawrence Dobkin). The first story involves a "witch"--the seventh daughter of a seventh son--placing a curse on the young men who were inadvertently responsible for her son's death. The second is based on a little-known Ozark legend about some sort of monster that lives in the bowels of the earth. The third and final tale is a version of the well-worn "Vanishing Hitchhiker" legend. There's not much action, but there are quite a few genuinely creepy moments. The cast features several regulars from exploitation director S.F. Brownrigg's films ("Don't Look In the Basement", "Poor White Trash Part 2"), including Rosie Holotik (who is terrific as the Vanishing Hitchhiker), Gene Ross, and Annabelle Weenick. "Encounter With the Unknown" will look cheap and shoddy to most mainstream viewers, but I think that everyone involved with the film deserves an A for effort. Horror fans will want to give this a look.


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