Hammer House of Horror: Season 1, Episode 11

Visitor from the Grave (22 Nov. 1980)

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A former mental patient kills her would-be rapist, but his corpse returns from its secret grave.



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In this Hammer Horror take of 'Diabolique', Penny is the mentally unbalanced wife of Harry Wells a crooked businessman who kills an intruder whom was a business rival of Harry's. After helping her husband hide the body to avoid a police investigation, Penny starts having visions of the dead man appearing before her which drives her more insane. Harry think's Penny's just imagining things, while a local psychic, named Margaret, suggests an exorcism to drive the ghost away. But the real surprise is yet to come. Written by Anonymous

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Charles is wounded in the right eye, but when his face appears at the séance, the wound is over his left eye. See more »


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Ghosts of better films haunt the viewer of this bottom-of-the-barrel episode
24 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A nervous woman (Kathryn Leigh Scott) who was once committed to an asylum is nearly raped by an intruder (Stanley Lebor) before she shoots him in the eye with a shotgun. Her husband (Simon MacCorkindale) insists on burying the corpse in the woods surrounding their home; but is the man really dead? Or is the ghost that keeps reappearing a figment of her crazed imagination?

Peter Sasdy badly directs a putrid screenplay by Anthony Hinds that rehashes movies like "Gaslight" and "Les Diaboliques" in a way duller and more implausible than you might have imagined possible. The surprise at the end is so predictable that the only mystery is whether or not the writer was actually trying to conceal it. Sasdy gives us several gory close-ups of the corpse, including one where maggots are crawling in its eye-socket; and he has his actors ham it up as if they're playing in a parody of some kind. Did he despair of making anything but garbage from this script and decide to turn it all into a joke? The joke is on the viewer.

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