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Jack Anderson (written by)
Joe Glass (written by)
Release Date:
1 November 1975 (USA) See more »
An incredible journey into the supernatural.
Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rod Serling ... 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
Ken Carson ... Doctor
Bob Glenn ... Constable
David Haney ... First Man

Bill Thurman ... Second Man (as Billy Thurman)
Syl Schumann ... Third Man

Charlie Dell ... Jonas (as Charles Dell)
Rosie Holotik ... Susan
Michael Harvey ... Senator
Judith Fields ... Senator's Wife
August Sehven ... Paul
Gene Ross ... Susan's Father
Beverly Dixon ... Susan's Mother
Mitchell Wood
Phyllis Moore
Joe Reynolds
Rose Hughes
Gary White
Becky Fain
Mike Thompson
Becky Gaines

Directed by
Harry Thomason 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Anderson  written by
Joe Glass  written by
Hillman Taylor  written by
Harry Thomason  written by

Produced by
Joe Glass .... producer
Cinematography by
James W. Roberson  (as Jim Roberson)
Charles Thuston 
Film Editing by
Irwin Cadden  (as Erwin Cadden)
Brian H. Hooper  (as Brian Hooper)
Makeup Department
Jackie Hughes .... makeup artist (as Jackie Barnes)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Dracup .... lighting technician
Paul Fisk .... assistant camera
Music Department
Ed. Norton .... music editor (as Eddie Norton)
Other crew
Tom Lamb .... production assistant
Ronald Roberson .... production assistant
Annabelle Weenick .... continuity

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The film has two narrators. Rod Serling does voice over introductions to the three stories, but the opening and closing narration is by someone else.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
Rememberin' (How It Used To Be)See more »


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From an insiders view, 20 November 2006
Author: mfbarnes from Coldspring Texas

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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