This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts and other supernatural wonders.
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Series cast summary:
Nicholas Ball ...
 William (1 episode, 1980)
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 Janet (1 episode, 1980)
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 Tom (1 episode, 1980)
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 Martin Blueck (1 episode, 1980)
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 Norman Shenley (1 episode, 1980)
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 David (1 episode, 1980)
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 Ruth (1 episode, 1980)
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 Laurie Morton (1 episode, 1980)
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 Graham (1 episode, 1980)
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 Michael Roberts (1 episode, 1980)
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 Edwyn (1 episode, 1980)
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 Penny (1 episode, 1980)
Anthony Valentine ...
 Cliff (1 episode, 1980)
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 Terence Morton (1 episode, 1980)
Angela Bruce ...
 Sarah (1 episode, 1980)
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 Chuck (1 episode, 1980)
Suzanne Danielle ...
 Natalie (1 episode, 1980)
Rachel Davies ...
 Emma (1 episode, 1980)
Celia Gregory ...
 Sarah (1 episode, 1980)
Georgina Hale ...
 Stella (1 episode, 1980)
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 Allison (1 episode, 1980)
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 Mr. Rayburn (1 episode, 1980)
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 Harry (1 episode, 1980)
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 Lucinda (1 episode, 1980)
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 Martin (1 episode, 1980)
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 Gwen (1 episode, 1980)
Norman Beaton ...
 Mr. Ngenko (1 episode, 1980)
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 Charles Randolph (1 episode, 1980)
Brian Croucher ...
 George (1 episode, 1980)
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 Annie (1 episode, 1980)
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 Mrs. Ardoy (1 episode, 1980)
Prunella Gee ...
 Mary (1 episode, 1980)
Marius Goring ...
 Heinz (1 episode, 1980)
Paul Hawkins ...
 David (1 episode, 1980)
Pat Heywood ...
 Emily Shenley (1 episode, 1980)
Emrys James ...
 Dr. Harris (1 episode, 1980)
Richard Pearson ...
 Sir Humphrey Chesterton (1 episode, 1980)
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 Mrs. Henska (1 episode, 1980)
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 Gupta / ... (1 episode, 1980)
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 Basil (1 episode, 1980)
Antony Brown ...
 Priest (1 episode, 1980)
Anthony Carrick ...
 Aldridge (1 episode, 1980)
Frances Cuka ...
 Gwen (1 episode, 1980)
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 Sister (1 episode, 1980)
Lucy Gutteridge ...
 Lolly (1 episode, 1980)
Patricia Maynard ...
 Jean (1 episode, 1980)
Ian McCulloch ...
 Charles (1 episode, 1980)
Mia Nadasi ...
 Margaret (1 episode, 1980)
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 Tony (1 episode, 1980)
Robert Urquhart ...
 Harry (1 episode, 1980)
Tariq Yunus ...
 Charles Austin (1 episode, 1980)
Matthew Blakstad ...
 James (1 episode, 1980)
Robin Browne ...
 Police Officer (1 episode, 1980)
Paul Darrow ...
 Andrews (1 episode, 1980)
David Healy ...
 Peter (1 episode, 1980)
George Innes ...
 Cedric (1 episode, 1980)
Milton Johns ...
 A. J. Powers (1 episode, 1980)
Jonathan Kent ...
 Tader (1 episode, 1980)
Philip Latham ...
 Hargreaves (1 episode, 1980)
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 Charles (1 episode, 1980)
Lennard Pearce ...
 Rector (1 episode, 1980)
Conrad Phillips ...
 Dr. Manders (1 episode, 1980)
Eleanor Summerfield ...
 Lady Strudwick (1 episode, 1980)
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 Woodcutter (1 episode, 1980)
Margaret Anderson ...
 Sister (1 episode, 1980)
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 Dr. Melbury (1 episode, 1980)
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 Markham (1 episode, 1980)
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 Willis (1 episode, 1980)
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 Mark (1 episode, 1980)
Terry Kinsella ...
 Lionel (1 episode, 1980)
Jenny Laird ...
 Mrs. Roberts (1 episode, 1980)
Caroline Langrishe ...
 Tina (1 episode, 1980)
Matthew Long ...
 Andy (1 episode, 1980)
Adrian Mann ...
 Tibor (1 episode, 1980)
Christopher Reilly ...
 William (1 episode, 1980)
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 Sophia (1 episode, 1980)
Daphne Anderson ...
 Matron (1 episode, 1980)
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 Ben (1 episode, 1980)
Ellis Dale ...
 Police Doctor (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Deeks ...
 Phil (1 episode, 1980)
James Duggan ...
 Sampson (1 episode, 1980)
William Moore ...
 Mr. Roberts (1 episode, 1980)
Patricia Mort ...
 Maid (1 episode, 1980)
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 1st Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Joanne White ...
 Sophia (Older) (1 episode, 1980)
Victoria Wood ...
 Sophy (1 episode, 1980)
Andy Bradford ...
 Steve (1 episode, 1980)
Sharon Fussey ...
 2nd Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Hughes ...
 Mechanic (1 episode, 1980)
Gerard Kelly ...
 Andrew (1 episode, 1980)
Sophie Kind ...
 Eloise (1 episode, 1980)
Jeremy Longhurst ...
 Dr. Cummings (1 episode, 1980)
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 Franks (1 episode, 1980)
George Tovey ...
 Old Man (1 episode, 1980)
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 Bacharach (1 episode, 1980)
Una Brandon-Jones ...
 Old Woman (1 episode, 1980)
Brenda Cowling ...
 Nurse Davies (1 episode, 1980)
James Curran ...
 Pritchard (1 episode, 1980)
Matthew Dorman ...
 Young Boy (1 episode, 1980)
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 Secretary (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Latimer ...
 Dr. Bradley (1 episode, 1980)
Barry McDonald ...
 Auctioneer (1 episode, 1980)
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 Nurse (1 episode, 1980)
Jeffry Wickham ...
 Edgar (1 episode, 1980)
Geoffrey Beevers ...
 Gravedigger (1 episode, 1980)
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 Surgeon (1 episode, 1980)
Wilhelmina Green ...
 Young Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Barbara Keogh ...
 Joan (1 episode, 1980)
Mike Savage ...
 P.C. Jenkins (1 episode, 1980)
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 Hospital Gardener (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Stock ...
 Armourer (1 episode, 1980)
Jo Warne ...
 1st Mother (1 episode, 1980)
Anne Dyson ...
 Mrs. Rord (1 episode, 1980)
Malcolm Hayes ...
 Attendant (1 episode, 1980)
Paula Jacobs ...
 Joyce (1 episode, 1980)
Sarah Keller ...
 2nd Mother (1 episode, 1980)
Corinna Reardon ...
 Small Girl (1 episode, 1980)
Lee Richards ...
 Actress (1 episode, 1980)
Barry Stokes ...
 1st Victim (1 episode, 1980)
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 Last Victim (1 episode, 1980)
Crispin Gillbard ...
 Policeman (1 episode, 1980)
Max Mason ...
 Journalist (1 episode, 1980)
Roger Ostime ...
 The Butler (1 episode, 1980)
Andrew Pariss ...
 Boy (1 episode, 1980)
Daniel Payne ...
 Small Boy (1 episode, 1980)
Peter Dean ...
 Charlie (1 episode, 1980)
Natalie Payne ...
 Irenya (1 episode, 1980)
Charles Pemberton ...
 Policeman (1 episode, 1980)
Anna Perry ...
 Journalist (1 episode, 1980)
Richard Wren ...
 Chauffeur (1 episode, 1980)
Diane Adderley ...
 Police Woman (1 episode, 1980)
Marilyn Finlay ...
 Sister (1 episode, 1980)
Daniel Kipling ...
 Andreas (1 episode, 1980)
Louis Mansi ...
 Rossi (1 episode, 1980)
Kevin Stoney ...
 Rothwell (1 episode, 1980)
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This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts and other supernatural wonders.

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)
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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Terence Fisher was attached to direct a story but died in pre-production. See more »

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Referenced in The Spa: Christmas Special: Strangers in the Night (2013) See more »

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Very interesting series
2 September 2001 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This TV-series contains 13 episodes of 52 minutes, and all of them are worth to watch. Of course, not all stories are even, there are tops and flops. But all in all, there is no episode that is really bad.

First, the three weakest stories. The fourth episode, "Growing Pains", tells an interesting story about the ghost of a dead boy coming back from the grave to haunt his parents who haven't had enough time to look after him. But too slow paced and a tame ending make this episode rather a letdown. The ninth episode "Carpathian Eagle" boosts a very interesting serial killer story with a twist (and Pierce Brosnan in a small role as a victim), but it's also too slow paced and predictable towards the end. The weakest of all episodes is number ten, "Guardian of the Abyss". It's a not very original story about a Satan's cult, only the final twist is nice to watch.

But there are some exquisite horror stories in the series. For example, episode two, "The Thirteenth Reunion". It's a creepy story about a cannibalistic secret society, highly recommended. As is the sixth episode, "Charlie Boy", the goriest episode with the highest body count about an African voodoo fetish with deadly powers. Or the seventh, "The Silent Scream" starring Peter Cushing as an ex-concentration camp guard who makes a grueling experiment with an ex-convict. Psychologically very unnerving. "Visitor from the Grave", the eleventh episode, has also some creepy moments that are perfectly timed. But the most haunting story is the twelfth, "The Two Faces of Evil", which will make You shiver for quite a while. Atmospheric horror at its best.

The first episode, "Witching Time", starring Ian "Zombi 2" McCullogh, is mainly remarkable for being the only one with a happy-end. "Rude Awakening", the third, is the most (dark) humorous one with Denholm Elliott playing the lead role gleefully funny. The fifth episode "The House That Bled to Death" makes a seven year old girl suffer some really bad shocks, while episode eight, "Children of the Full Moon", tells a nice variation of the classic wolf man story. The final episode, "The Mark of Satan", is an interesting study of a man's paranoia and its unpleasant consequences.

For being a TV-series, the episodes boost surprisingly subversive and violent moments. They are mostly highly entertaining and creepy. Recommended to all who like to shiver while they're watching movies.


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