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This has to be one of the oddest TV-movies of all time. Not only is it a blatant allegory (some might even say exploitation) of the horrible Jonestown Tragedy of the year before, but it has all the earmarks of a vicious propaganda piece against religious cults (considering most of them, this may be a good thing). The Jonestown connection is strong and very tacky (isolation, brainwashing, followers comprising a cultural cross-section, deception, mind control, etc). The cult followers are even called "The People of Tomorrow," in a brash allusion to "The People's Temple." There are scenes that are truly disturbing, like when an old man walks through a what appears to be a field full of corpses (an image right out of the New York Times front page the day after the Jim Jones/Leo Ryan massacre). Turns out the folks were only hypnotized, but the effect is jarring and chilling all the same. There are some effective animated sequences, and an unusually large cast for a TV Movie of the Week. John Forsythe and Priscilla Pointer are kind of goofy in their white-and-silver space suits, looking alot like Martin Landau and Barbara Bain from SPACE:1999. Vic Tayback (remember ALICE?) plays a nosy reporter who's trying to find the secret behind the cult, but he mostly just sits around and looks at everyone funny. Sonny Fox, who also produced, plays a Madison Avenue jerk who comes along for unclear reasons. (Fox was the beloved host of Channel 5's long-running kidshow, WONDERAMA.) Robert Englund (aka Freddy Kruger) has a meaty, early role as a skeptical deputy sheriff. Apparently, this bizarre TV film (made in 1979 but not shown until 1982) also served as the pilot for a proposed NBC-TV series called FOLLOW ME IF YOU DARE. This would have been one weird series...
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