Circle of Fear (1972–1973)
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When Grandpa arrives for a visit, he has two special gifts for his granddaughter, Judy, a deaf mute. One is a very special doll house that is an exact replica of the one Judy lives in with ... See full summary »

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When Grandpa arrives for a visit, he has two special gifts for his granddaughter, Judy, a deaf mute. One is a very special doll house that is an exact replica of the one Judy lives in with her family. The other is the ability to "hear" his thoughts without speaking. But Grandpa's intentions aren't as benign as they seem. Will Judy be able to save her family before Grandpa destroys it? Written by dwr246

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10 November 1972 (USA)  »

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Filmed using the Bewitched house facade and set pieces, including the door with the distinctive circular window. See more »

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Voodoo cookies
28 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Intriguing episode from William Castle's hit-or-miss anthology series "Ghost Story" features Melvyn Douglas in a juicy role playing grandpa to deaf-mute Jodie Foster, secretly communicating with her telepathically while on a visit to see former son-in-law Richard Mulligan, his new wife and family. With a grudge against everyone in the household but Foster, Douglas uses cookie dolls to represent the family members, along with a dollhouse mock-up of their home, to manipulate the little girl into doing harm to the others, starting with the housekeeper who senses his evil. Robert Bloch wrote the teleplay, and maybe only he could get away with using cookies as voodoo dolls! Douglas' scenes with young Foster, silent except for a voice-over, are well-directed by Daryl Duke, who allows this strange tale to unfold carefully. It isn't especially scary (few tales from "Ghost Story", later renamed "Circle of Fear", actually were), but with an interesting central idea and a moral at the end: grandpas who play with fire get burned.


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