Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... See full summary »
Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled ... See full summary »
The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery," Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to ... See full summary »
Jungle guide David Marchand is kidnapped by a tribe of natives who want to sacrifice him to their white rhino god. Just as he's about to be killed, however, he is thrown backwards in time ... See full summary »
Hammer's 1968 American TV series JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN produced only 17 episodes, 8 of which were subsequently compiled into four ersatz feature films that made the rounds in syndication over the following decade, but haven't been seen since the 70s: "Journey into Darkness" was hosted by Patrick McGoohan, "Journey to Midnight" by Sebastian Cabot, "Journey to the Unknown" and "Journey to Murder" both representing the last on screen work of Joan Crawford. Like the company's policy dating back to the early 1950s, an American actor was imported to provide easier access to US distribution, continued by Hammer on both of their 1980s shows, HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR and HAMMER HOUSE OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE. A sardonic Patrick McGoohan makes the most of his introductions, aiding the two stories that comprise "Journey into Darkness," apparently the first feature issued following the series' cancellation. First up is "The New People," the actual debut entry, with Hollywood's Robert Reed heading a superb British cast including Patrick Allen, Adrienne Corri, Melissa Stribling, and Milo O'Shea, in a tale that starts with such a bang that only disappointment can follow. The camera pans across a room full of fun making partygoers until it finds a dead body hanging by the neck, providing no deterrent to the merry antics; the nice buildup would have been better had the sting in the tail climax not been telegraphed in advance. It's still superior to story two, "Paper Dolls," featuring little known TV actor Michael Tolan typecast as a professor who learns that one of his students is just one of a set of quadruplets telepathically linked with each other, particularly one nasty wild child who terrorizes a rural community with his propensity for psychic arson. Too many characters clutter this cut rate "Village of the Damned," aided by another fine cast, among them Hammer veterans Michael Ripper and George Benson.
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