A scrying glass puts an antiques exporter in the path of a woman fleeing from devil worshipers and the evil hypnotist who leads them.

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Michael Roberts
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Allison Lussan
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Michael Roberts joins his friend Laura Stephens at an auction and talks her out of selling her newly-acquired mirror to a mysterious man who seems excessively eager to have it. When Michael takes it from her to have it appraised, its occult powers put him in the path of Allison, who has just run away from a secret society that wants to sacrifice her in order to conjure up a powerful devil. The head of this society is Charles Randolph, an evil hypnotist whom Michael will find extremely dangerous. Written by J. Spurlin

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15 November 1980 (UK)  »

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When Allison is running from the sect the weather changes from bright sunshine to cloudy between shots. See more »

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Antiques Roadshow Extreme
19 April 2012 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

When Antiques Roadshow began its regular run on the BBC in 1979, ITV were slow to respond with a rival show. Fortunately a year later Hammer Films slipped this subversive take on the format into their run of modern horror tales.

So Guardian of the Abyss features many tropes that would have been familiar to Antiques Roadshow viewers: the thrill of an exciting new find at a clearance sale, a bidding war by squabbling dealers, a sale almost being made before a further valuation is recommended... It's heady stuff which is well dramatised with a lot of flouncing in and out of antiques shops and fondling of military figurines.

Against this backdrop the occult elements are almost incidental, but to make the format appealing to ITV viewers, naturally everything is drenched in blood, sex and mesmerism. A triumph.

As an aside, the Plot Keywords section is correct to say 'Mirror', 'Hell' and 'Lingerie Slip', but 'Satan' is misleading – as other reviewers have noted, it's the demon Choronzon who features.


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