Night Gallery: Season 3, Episode 12

Death on a Barge (4 Mar. 1973)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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A lonely woman named Hyacinth lives on a barge anchored in a canal, is marooned by her fear of crossing running water, and sleeps during the day - in a coffin.



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Hyacinth (as Lesley Warren)
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A lonely woman named Hyacinth lives on a barge anchored in a canal, is marooned by her fear of crossing running water, and sleeps during the day - in a coffin.

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8 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Night Gallery has a thing for vampires, and this episode has an interesting twist on the famous legend, as this vampire named Hyacinth(Lesley Anne Warren)is basically stuck on a floating barge until the water stops flowing. A local cashier(Robert Pratt)for a fish market becomes infatuated with her, and wishes to join her, but she rejects his advances because she knows that if a vampires crosses flowing water, it'll die; he initially is unaware that she is a vampire. During the time when they speak to each other, it's supposed to be late at night, but in typical Night Gallery fashion, they film these scenes during the early morning and must think that we're stupid enough to not notice the difference, and they do this several times in other episodes too. A big problem I also had was when Ron's girlfriend Phyllis(Brooke Bundy)seems to totally accept his crush on another woman without getting angry, yet she eventually follows him and finds the woman ready to sleep in her coffin. Hyacinth's father, who's a human, has it set up that she must stay on the barge in order to survive, but she later says that she hasn't fed in a year; can a vampire live that long without blood? I thought this was still a fairly solid episode with decent performances, minus the odd points I mentioned.

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