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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
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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The graveyard scenes were shot on location at the Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.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 »
GraveyardSee more »


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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Serling not at his best., 11 November 2004
Author: pdthorne from Movieland USA

Encounter with the Unknown is an anthology of supernatural stories revolving around events which are purported to have actually happened. We have Rod Serling's testimony to that fact, which in the mid-1970's was good enough.

It's Night Gallery meets Legend of Boggy Creek. When Encounter with the Unknown really ramps-up it isn't half bad. But when it's bad, it's really frickin' awful. You fans of bad cinema will eat it up. All of your favorite low-budget elements are here; terrible acting, abysmal dialog, amateurish sound and dubbing, grubby set design and costuming, and best of all, the master of ceremonies, Serling, "phoning it in" as only he could do at the very end of his tenure.

The stories are not really bad at all. This film, had it had the budget it needed would be have been a classic. But it wasn't and so now it struggles to keep the chills coming and laughs to a minimum.

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