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Spectre (1977)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror  -  21 May 1977 (USA)
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Renowned criminologist and occult investigator William Sebastian (Culp) recruits his old friend Dr. Hamilton (Young) to aid him in his current case. Anitra Cyon (Bell), the sister of ... See full summary »

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William Sebastian
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Dr. Ham Hamilton
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Mitri Cyon
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Inspector Cabell
Ann Bell ...
Anitra Cyon
James Villiers ...
Sir Geoffrey Cyon
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Lilith
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Sydna
Angela Grant ...
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Penny Irving ...
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Michael Latimer ...
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Renowned criminologist and occult investigator William Sebastian (Culp) recruits his old friend Dr. Hamilton (Young) to aid him in his current case. Anitra Cyon (Bell), the sister of prominent British businessman Geoffrey Cyon (Villiers), believes her brother is dabbling in the black arts. In turn, Geoffrey claims that she is mentally unfit. Sebastian and Hamilton travel to the Cyon estate to investigate the matter. Complicating the issue is Sebastian's debilitating heart condition that was induced by his own experimentations with the black arts. Written by JHC3

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James Bernard and Douglas Gameley were among the candidates to write the score. See more »

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Different airplanes are used in different exterior shots of what is supposed to be the same jet. Though they appear to be the same model, they have distinctive markings. See more »

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Dr. Hamilton: It's impossible for something to feel evil to the touch. Am I imagining it?
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Spectre series
23 October 2005 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

Concerning the question of why "Spectre" did not become a series , i would like to give my 2 cents. the 1970's saw a lot of supernatural/sci-fi themed TV movies which were obviously intended as series pilots . NBC had this film , and also "The Norliss Tapes" with Roy Thinnes. "The Questor Tapes" was a Gene Roddenberry concept. CBS had another of Gene's creations,"Genesis II". This was later redone as "Planet Earth" on ABC , which also aired "Baffled!" with Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy as a clairvoyant race car driver(!). Not a one made it to series. I believe it was a concern about not having enough plots to sustain a weekly series , expensive location shooting and f/x , and a continuing lack of support for the genre led to their demise. The failure of ABC's "Night Stalker" and "The Sixth Sense" also didn't help. In addition , "Star Trek" itself was still at that time considered a relative failure despite the beginnings of its resurgence. I think a possible answer may have been to include a series like "Spectre" as part of a rotating "Mystery Movie" type of show along with some more standard detective /thriller series. with a star like Robert Culp , older viewers may have given it a chance , along with younger viewers who were the main fans of the genre.


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