Hammer House of Horror: Season 1, Episode 12

The Two Faces of Evil (29 Nov. 1980)

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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Calder-Marshall ...
Paul Hawkins ...
Pauline Delaney ...
Sister (as Pauline Delany)
Philip Latham ...
Jenny Laird ...
Mrs. Roberts
William Moore ...
Mr. Roberts
Jeremy Longhurst ...
Dr. Cummings
Brenda Cowling ...
Nurse Davies
Mike Savage ...
P.C. Jenkins
Malcolm Hayes ...


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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Hammer House of Horror: The Two Faces of Evil
23 October 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hammer House of Horror: The Two Faces of Evil (1980)

*** (out of 4)

A husband, wife (Anna Calder-Marshall) and their small son are traveling through the country when they decide to pick up a hitchhiker after almost running him over. As soon as the man is in the car he attacks the husband and the car crashes. When the wife wakes up in the hospital she gets the feeling that something isn't quite right with her husband.

THE TWO FACES OF EVIL is another good episode in the Hammer television series, which showed that the studio was still capable of coming up with rather clever story ideas. I've now gone through three episodes and I'm curious as to why some of their films from the 70s were so silly when these episodes are turning out so good.

This film is basically an alternate version of a very popular sci-fi film, which I won't name here just to prevent a spoiler for those who haven't seen this episode. The best thing about this movie is the atmosphere that director Alan Gibson builds up. You really do get the feel the paranoia and fear of the main character. The direction deserves credit as does Calder-Marshal for her performance.

THE FACES OF EVIL has some nice twists along the way and is highly entertaining.

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