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Spell of Evil 

Businessman Tony Mansell hires a marriage bureau when his wife dies from a sudden illness, and is delighted to find himself paired up with the beautiful Clara. Despite seeming like the ... See full summary »

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Liz
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George Mathews
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Dr. Peterson
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Suzy
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Businessman Tony Mansell hires a marriage bureau when his wife dies from a sudden illness, and is delighted to find himself paired up with the beautiful Clara. Despite seeming like the perfect wife, Clara is in fact a witch and has nothing but evil intentions for her new husband. She soon envelops her grip around Tony and he begins to fall sick from the same illness that had killed his wife... Written by Stanley Péan

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Witching time
10 September 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

'Spell Of Evil' brings Thriller's first series to an effective, if underwhelming, climax. A somewhat less successful venture into the supernatural, it nevertheless brings out reasonably good acting performances from the main leads Diana Cilento and Edward De Souza.

The story begins with the somewhat unsettling death of Tony Mansell's wife who seems to have taken the sudden vision of a black-clad figure as being absolutely terrifying in a 'let's scare her to death' fashion. After the obligatory mourning period Mansell decides to go down the personal ads route in an effort to find love. Enter Cilento's Gothic beauty Clara who makes sure he swallows the love potion bait without delay.

From then on Clara and her particular brand of witchcraft begins to exert a malignant influence over Mansell and he soon falls ill. He must then rely on the suspicious nature of others to save him from these evil clutches.

It pans out reasonably well but is hard to take seriously. A somewhat disappointing end to the opening series but at this point there have been enough highpoints throughout the previous episodes to ensure that overall, Thriller is something very special indeed.


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