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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Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Roberts
Charles Randolph
Paul Darrow ...
1st Girl
Sharon Fussey ...
2nd Girl
Barry McDonald ...


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 »


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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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A very middling entry in the 'Hammer House of Horror' series
7 March 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Guardian of the Abyss is the tenth episode in the 'Hammer House of Horror' TV series. This is the episode about devil worship. It centres on two antique dealers who fight over a mysterious artifact that has the power to summon an ancient demon called Choronzon. Needless to say, one of the men represents a satanic cult that wants the antique for a ceremony in which they intend to sacrifice a young woman as part of a ritual which will bring the evil entity into the world.

This episode was directed by Don Sharp, who helmed some Hammer feature films as well as the very fun horror movie Psychomania (1973). With this film, he is tasked with putting together a story clearly influenced by the work of the British novelist Dennis Wheatley whose work had previously been adapted for the screen by Hammer in the cases of The Devil Rides Out (1968) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976). Obviously he was working with a lesser budget here and unfortunately this episode is a rather mediocre entry in the series which was sadly beginning to noticeably dip in quality by this point.

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