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
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Charles Randolph
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Andrews
Caroline Langrishe ...
Tina
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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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Allison Lussan: Perhaps he was right... perhaps there is eveil in me.
Michael Roberts: Rubbish. Anyone who helps with the washing up can't be all bad.
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Contrived , Bizarre But Highly Involving
9 September 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Antiques dealer Michael Roberts buys a scrying glass and on his way home a terrified young woman called Allison begs him to give her a lift since she claims she's being pursued . Driving her to his home Michael goes in to the kitchen to fix them both a drink and when he returns to the living room he finds both Allison and the scrying glass have both disappeared

This is traditional Hammer studio fare , an unapologetic homage to Dennis Wheatley who was still a very popular author back when this was first broadcast . Despite being broadcast in 1980 and being repeated again circa 1985 I can't recall a single scene from this episode even more surprising since it features Paul Darrow - for ever known as Kerr Avon from BLAKES 7 - in a villainous role . Certainly with a dark Satanic plot juxtaposed with the everyday surroundings of small market towns and antique dealings it's an episode that would have stuck in the mind of a teenager watching it in the 1980s

Being less than an hour long probably benefits the story to a degree since it's rather stream lined and pacy lacking any padding . It does suffer from some remarkable contrivances such as Michael Roberts and Simon Andrews being bitter business rivals who does damsel in distress Allison manage to hitch a lift from ? None other than Michael which sets up the story in a way that only seems to happen in badly contrived films and TV shows , you'd think there was sort of cosmic joke the way things happen in these situations but that's taking things a little too seriously and for what it is The Guardian Of The Abyss is a fairly entertaining horror adventure


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