Deadly Nightmares: Season 1, Episode 1

Shattered Vows (23 Nov. 1983)
"The Hitchhiker" Shattered Vows (original title)

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Handsome and ambitious young man Jeff Boder marries the wealthy and much older Jackie Winslow for her considerable fortune. Jeff falls under the enticing spell of Jackie's bitchy and ... See full summary »

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Page Fletcher ...
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Jeff Boder
Alexandra Stewart ...
Jackie Winslow
Aleisa Shirley ...
Pamela Winslow
Tom Heaton ...
Peter DeVries
Anna Teghararian ...
Grandmother
Anthony Holland ...
Lawyer
Doreen Ramus ...
Mrs. Blackmun
Alana Shields ...
The Maid
Alan Simmonds ...
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Handsome and ambitious young man Jeff Boder marries the wealthy and much older Jackie Winslow for her considerable fortune. Jeff falls under the enticing spell of Jackie's bitchy and cynical stepdaughter Pamela. Jeff finds a way to bump off Jackie using a mysterious statuette given to him by his grandmother so both him and Pamela can inherit her money. However, things don't ultimately work out as planned in the long run. Written by Woodyanders

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'Nicholas Campbell' appeared as the Hitchhiker in the original 1983 version of this episode. In syndication his scenes were re-shot with Page Fletcher in the role of The Hitchhiker so as to create consistency with the rest of the episodes in the series. However, this often creates inconsistencies in this episode, because it is obvious that scenes with Fletcher were shot at a different time than scenes with his co-stars. See more »

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Nifty pilot episode for the enjoyably trashy cable TV anthology series
4 November 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Handsome and ambitious young man Jeff Boder (a solid and likable performance by Bruce Greenwood) marries the wealthy and much older Jackie Winslow (attractive fortysomethingish cougar supreme Alexandra Stewart) for her considerable fortune. Jeff falls under the enticing and corrupting spell of Jackie's bitchy and cynical stepdaughter Pamela (nicely essayed with lip-smacking sultry and wicked relish by lovely brunette Aleisa Shirley). Jeff uses a mysterious statuette given to him by his grandmother to bump off Jackie so he and Pamela can inherit all her money. However, things don't ultimately work out so well in the long run. Director Ivan Nagy, working from a tight and absorbing script by Lewis Chesler, relates the involving story at a steady pace, ably milks the cool supernatural elements for maximum low-grade thrills, and really pulls out all the stops at the gloriously gruesome and outrageous conclusion. This episode firmly establishes the basic formula for the entire series during its mid 80s pay cable TV years: simple, often seamy, but engrossing plots that explore the darker aspects of human nature (in this case greed and the ruthless impulses it triggers in people), a little nasty gore, a handy helping of tasty gratuitous female nudity (the deliciously lissome Shirley in particular looks smoking hot sans clothes), a dab of sizzling soft-core sex, and a grim surprise ending in which the protagonists get their just brutal desserts for their evil actions. Francois Protat's slick cinematography gives the episode a pleasing polished look. A good start for this show.


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