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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Kevin Bieberly ...
Annabelle Weenick ...
Robert Holton ...
Frank Schaefer ...


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 <>

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An incredible journey into the supernatural.


Horror | Mystery






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


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 »


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
Composed and Performed by Johnny Pearson
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20 November 2006 | by (Coldspring Texas) – See all my reviews

The pretense of the plot was that the hole was the gates to Hell. At least that is what I was told on the set. I was the voice of the boy in "the hole". The sound for that was actually done @ Century studios in Dallas. Brian Hooper and myself spent a day doing sound effects and voice tapes. The sound from the actual hole was me in the bottom of a concrete cistern calling "Lady" over and over. Was a very good movie, being able to work with Harry Thomason and meeting Rod Sterling was a great thrill for me as an eleven year old kid. Brian Hooper was almost my step father, and still remains a great friend. He bought me my first car when I turned 16. He is now retired and living in East Texas on a farm. My mother was a script girl on this gig, she was credited at the end Jackie Barnes and I was uncredited, Brian was who got us involved, an got my Mom her start in the industry. I just got a DVD copy and I am watching it as we speak. I haven't seen this in over twenty years. My 15 minutes.

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