A young couple moves to a quiet New England village, only to soon find themselves mixed up in mysterious rituals.
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1978  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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 Widow Fortune 2 episodes, 1978
David Ackroyd ...
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 Kate Constantine 2 episodes, 1978
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 Jack Stump 2 episodes, 1978
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 Amys Penrose 2 episodes, 1978
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 Maggie Dodd 2 episodes, 1978
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 Beth Constantine 2 episodes, 1978
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 Sophie Hooke 2 episodes, 1978
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 Narrator 2 episodes, 1978
Lina Raymond ...
 Tamar Penrose 2 episodes, 1978
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 Missy Penrose 2 episodes, 1978
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 Robert Dodd 2 episodes, 1978
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 Ty Barth 2 episodes, 1978
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 David Adwell 2 episodes, 1978
Grayce Grant ...
 Mrs. Pettinger 2 episodes, 1978
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 Jimmy Minerva 2 episodes, 1978
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A young couple moves to a quiet New England village, only to soon find themselves mixed up in mysterious rituals.

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All the donuts for production were made by then 17-year old Jeffrey 'JJ' Jay who is also the former owner of and brewer for Petaluma Hills Brewing Company. See more »

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Worthy Pettinger: May God curse the corn! Goddamn the mother!
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A Forgotten Master of Horror?
6 February 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Many horror fans, and those who try to write such stories, understand that Stephen King has taken inspiration from the work of others. And there can be little doubt King was influenced by Thomas Tryon's outstanding novels "The Other" and "Harvest Home."

The TV movie version of the latter book, titled "Dark Secret of Harvest Home," was the second and final adaptation of Tryon's work and was originally aired in 1978, two years after the big screen success of Stephen King's "Carrie." Unlike 1972's "The Other," "Dark Secret of Harvest Home" was presented as a mini-series with a superb cast headed by Bette Davis.

Thomas Tryon wrote with an elegant style somewhat reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft's. His plots were engaging, his characters interesting and well developed, and his New England settings evoked the gloom and obscure anxiety traditionally associated with that region. So why has his work faded into obscurity while King's is heralded as the greatest in the history of horror?

Regrettably, Tryon started writing rather late in life after a well-regarded career as an actor in such films as "The Cardinal," and died while his creative powers were on the wane. He also chose to explore genres other than the Gothic (with generally good results.) There is also a more staid, pre-World War II air about his work that might not appeal to the Baby Boomers and Gen-X'ers who form King's core audience. Nevertheless, Tryon's Gothic efforts translated wonderfully onto the small screen, and he deserves a well-deserved place in the pantheon of American Gothic writers. Thankfully, American Movie Classics has begun airing the TV movie version "The Other" again. Hopefully, 'Dark Secret of Harvest Home' won't be far behind.


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