13 Demon Street

The Photograph

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While vacationing in snowy Maine, photographer Donald Powers takes a number of powerful images, none more so than a lonely farmhouse framed by a bleak landscape. When a beautiful woman ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Host (as Lon Chaney)
John Crawford ...
Donald Powers
Ralph Brown ...
Charlie (as Ralph Browne)
Inga Botorp ...
Eve Hossner ...
Girl in Photograph (as Eva Hassner)
Edward Maze ...


While vacationing in snowy Maine, photographer Donald Powers takes a number of powerful images, none more so than a lonely farmhouse framed by a bleak landscape. When a beautiful woman emerges from the house, Powers tries to get her to pose; instead she flees into the woods. Powers overtakes her and tries to force her to return but, in the struggle, accidentally strangles her. When Powers develops the picture of the farmhouse, he notices something strange - whenever he looks at the picture the woman moves closer and closer to the camera. Written by David Bassler

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Host: Number 13 Demon Street... I am condemned to live here, to suffer on this earth eternally as a punishment for my sin. It is said that no greater outrage was ever committed by any mortal but, should I find a crime more heinous, my terrible punishment will end.
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Underwhelming thriller
6 July 2010 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching this as an "extra" on the DVD of Arne Mattsson's thriller Morianna, I was bored by the very lame treatment by Siodmak of a familiar psychological story.

This made-in-Sweden episode of the Lon Chaney Jr.-hosted series has a Maine backdrop, after all - snow is snow. The poorly developed script has world-famous photographer Don Powell asked by his agent to take a vacation and revive his talent by doing some art shots up in Maine, a respite from shooting fashion & glamor (unfortunately for the viewer no cheesecake) shots of women in his NYC studio. It's a long way from Bob Cummings.

He sees a tall, remote looking beauty leaving a mansion in Maine and she won't acknowledge his horny advances at all -just walking past him as if he wasn't there. Don rapes her (off screen) and leaves her for dead. All in a day's work, apparently.

Back in NYC he finds to his dismay that the agent has arranged an exhibition of his work and a planned magazine spread saluting his greatness. Don sees the photo of the Maine mansion magically "come to life" -every time he looks at the photo, selected for the exhibition, he sees the dead woman walking closer & closer. The ending is ludicrous and anticlimactic.

This sort of morbid, guilt-ridden tale is perfect for horror but botched by writer-director Curt Siodmak here. The Swedish supporting cast has some striking beauties in it, but overall the English dialog delivery is halting; at the museum a guy pronounces "forté" all wrong and it's downhill from there.

Eva Hassner as the mystery woman has a Sophia Loren-type regal beauty, but John Crawford as Powell is dull and uninteresting -now if they had cast Timothy Carey this could have been, with proper rewrite, a home run.

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