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Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick, and whose power they struggle to break. Written by
Rebroadcast in the United States as part of "The Third Eye" mini-series, first aired 1983 on the children's televison network Nickelodeon See more »
In episode 5, when Adam is trying to persuade Margaret not to go to Hendrick's house, he gives her a drink in a sherry glass. At the end of the scene, she gives him back the empty glass - which has suddenly become a whisky tumbler. See more »
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Having recently bought this on DVD from Amazon.co.uk with a fair degree of trepidation - I last saw this on it's original transmission when I was all of twelve(!) - I feared that it would lack it's original punch.
There was no need to worry though!
Although some of the story does not quite live up to memory and other bits are clearly aimed at children, the overall tension of the series is still nicely maintained and the last couple of episodes, as the changes sweep through the children and their parents is still terrifying.
Given it's age (26 years on) it is mostly remarkably undated, mainly helped by the fact that much of the terror is not dependant on flakey special effects but the "Off-scene Lurking Horror"! The sound track is another major tension builder, with the chanting building to a crescendo in keeping with on screen events.
Hendrick's computer system buried in the church vaults provided a(n unintended) momentary laugh for me, surrounded as I am by Micro computers capable of doing everything that cellar full of equipment could :-).
Iain Cuthbertson was wonderfully understated as the evil Hendricks
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