Thriller: Season 1, Episode 20

Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook (7 Feb. 1961)

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On the Welsh Border, an old man suspected of witchcraft is gruesomely murdered with a hay-fork and bill-hook. The Scotland Yard inspector investigating has to wade through a morass of ... See full summary »

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On the Welsh Border, an old man suspected of witchcraft is gruesomely murdered with a hay-fork and bill-hook. The Scotland Yard inspector investigating has to wade through a morass of superstition to uncover the killer, but when his wife starts having visions of the Black Dog, harbinger of death, the locals focus their suspicions on her. Written by P. Silvestro

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An atmospheric entry from the cult TV series
18 April 2008 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

A Scotland Yard Inspector on his honeymoon is called to the rural town of Dark Falls, Wales -in the shadows of ancient Druid ruins- to investigate the slaying of a hedge cutter by hay-fork and bill-hook (a pitchfork and a sword-like tool with a curved end; one was used to kill Brigitte Skay in Mario Bava's BAY OF BLOOD). Another murder soon occurs amidst talk of blighted crops and dead cattle but the superstitious locals seem more interested in the Inspector's new bride than in solving the crimes. Is a serial killer at work or is the town, known to have put suspected witches to death since the time of William the Conqueror, responsible? I've always liked beautiful Audrey Dalton (here playing the Inspector's wife) and quite enjoyed seeing her thrown into a wicker basket and dragged to a sacrificial altar to be set ablaze by the town constable and his mother (Alan "Batman" Napier and former silent screen star Doris Lloyd). There's some good atmospherics, a duel to the death between a pitchfork and a scythe, and some unintentional humor amidst the horror: the Inspector looks a bit like Wilbur, the owner of TV's MR. ED, and one of the Druid stones vaguely resembles a giant penis. Any resemblance to 1973's WICKER MAN is, well ...you figure it out.


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