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"Thriller" Spell of Evil (1973)

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Brian Clemens (story)
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16 June 1973 (Season 1, Episode 10)
Businessman Tony Mansell hires a marriage bureau when his wife dies from a sudden illness, and is delighted... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Diane Cilento ... Clara
Edward de Souza ... Tony Mansell
Jennifer Daniel ... Liz
Jeremy Longhurst ... George Mathews
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Anthony ... Mr. Todd
David Belcher ... Dr. Peterson
Linda Cunningham ... Suzy
William Dexter ... Mr. Pritchard
Patricia Kneale ... Mrs. Mansell

Reg Lye ... Caretaker
Iris Russell ... Mrs. Roberts
Martin Wyldeck ... Mr. Laker

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Sichel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Clemens  story
Terence Feely  writer

Produced by
Cecil Clarke .... executive producer
John Sichel .... producer
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson 
Film Editing by
Moyra Bird 
John Crane 
Casting by
Joan Brown 
Production Design by
Stanley Mills 
Costume Design by
Keith Sproull 
Makeup Department
Dianne Joyce .... makeup artist
Art Department
Terry Royce .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Bob Woodhouse .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Simper .... camera operator
Dicky Stelp .... lighting (as Dicke Stelp)
Other crew
Ron Brown .... administrator
Madeleine Mann .... production assistant
Geoffrey Sax .... stage assistant (as Geoff Sax)
Brian Smith .... floor manager

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USA:74 min


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Witching time, 10 September 2005
Author: Paul English from Ireland

'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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