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Encounter with the Unknown (1973)

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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Horror | Mystery

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PG
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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 »

Quotes

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)
by Steve Beeson
Performed by Becky Fain
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FINALLY! The film that has eluded a repeat viewing after all these years!
31 March 2007 | by (San Francisco, CA.) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film on TV in 1978. I only watched the middle story, however before we switched channels to watch "And Now the Screaming Starts" instead. I was only 7 years old, but the story and images stuck with me all these years. I caught a glimpse of the second story again (the hole in the earth tale) in 1980 in L.A.'s Greyhound Bus Terminal on a pay-per-view TV in the waiting areas. Ever since 1997 nobody on the many horror movie Internet forums could identify this film for me! Finally in 2004 I went to the microfilms at the local library to look up that date in 1980 in the TV listings and that is where the title Encounter With the Unknown came be...well, known (or re-known to me). Not soon after, I won the one-sheet poster on Ebay. On March 30th, 2007, I finally scored A DVD R of this (in great condition) from Retroflicks.com. The film - in all its grainy filmstock, unprofessional acting, Afterschool Special soundtrack music glory...all make for ONE CREEPY VIEWING!!!! Films that are too slick (the ones made today) lack the punch these older films have. In fact, during the first tale, I was afraid to watch this film alone in my apartment. So I watched TVland reruns until I had to wait until my roommate came home before I resumed. As a veteran of watching a darn-near lifetime of horror movies, that's saying a lot! What can be considered production "short-comings" to mainstream movie viewers actually WORKS in this films favor! I bought the whole experience and I, indeed, refuse to watch this one alone. The documentary feel is a hoot to watch. In fact, if this film was digitally cleaned and remastered it might lose some of its effect. Still, I'm glad I'm reunited with an old favorite that has lost none of its appeal all these years. It's exactly as I remembered it.


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