A family on holiday stop to pick up a mysterious hitch-hiker.

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Anna Calder-Marshall ...
Janet
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Martin
Paul Hawkins ...
David
Pauline Delaney ...
Sister (as Pauline Delany)
Philip Latham ...
Hargreaves
Jenny Laird ...
Mrs. Roberts
William Moore ...
Mr. Roberts
Jeremy Longhurst ...
Dr. Cummings
Brenda Cowling ...
Nurse Davies
Mike Savage ...
P.C. Jenkins
Malcolm Hayes ...
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A hitch-hiker dressed in yellow oil skins attacks the driver of a car who has stopped to give him a lift. The car crashes and the driver fights with the insane hitch-hiker. It appears like the driver, though badly injured, has prevailed and is taken to hospital. The drivers wife subsequently learns that her husband has damaged his throat in the struggle and is unable to talk, she is also asked to identify the body of the madman. The body looks exactly like her husband and doubts begin to enter her mind as to which of the two is the killer. The only differences appear to be that the killer has rotten teeth and a claw-like finger nail. Who survived the fight her husband or the madman? Written by <dave@phillips0666.freeserve.co.uk>

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29 November 1980 (UK)  »

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one of the better episodes
28 April 2010 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

30 years old but still working those good old Hammer series. This is one of the better ones. It has suspense in it and it has blood in it. remember that it was made for television and not for cinema so gore wasn't allowed but still here we have an example how horror must be done. The camera mostly uses wide lenses and zooms in closely what is given a special effect of the face. Mostly shots are also made from below the face what makes it again a bit spooky. But what works most of all is the use of back-flashes. First you almost see nothing but from then on the woman is seeing more and more until everything is solved we think but it is never explained who the guy with the fingernail is and what his purpose is. still, for the time being it is creepy as stated before, remember that it was for television. Worth watching if you like Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.


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