Thriller: Season 2, Episode 12

The Return of Andrew Bentley (11 Dec. 1961)

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White magic practitioner Amos Wilder kills himself after securing his nephew's sworn promise to guard his body against evil spirits. The nephew must never leave his uncle's mansion, to ... See full summary »

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Sheila Corbett
Philip Bourneuf ...
Dr. Weatherbee
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Rev. Burkhardt (as Oscar Beregi)
Ken Renard ...
Jacob
Terence de Marney ...
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White magic practitioner Amos Wilder kills himself after securing his nephew's sworn promise to guard his body against evil spirits. The nephew must never leave his uncle's mansion, to protect the shire from the return of black necromancer Bentley, cast back to Hell by Wilder. Written by David Stevens

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Brilliantly Gloomy Thriller Episode
24 February 2011 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

Apart from a few weak episodes in the beginning of the series, I've become a huge fan of the early 60s show THRILLER (aka. "Boris Karloff's Thriller") hosted by none other than the magnificent Horror deity Boris Karloff. Out of all episodes I have seen, THE RETURN OF ANDREW BENTLEY (Season 2, Episode 12) is positively the most atmospheric, eerie and ingenious (with WELL OF DOOM on a close second place). Prior to his death, the eccentric magician Amos Wilder (Terence De Marney) makes his nephew and heir Elis Corbett (John Newland) swear that he will guard his body against evil spirits. In order to protect the mansion from the spirit of an evil necromancer (Reggie Nalder), Corbett and his wife are never to leave the uncle's impressive mansion...

THE RETURN OF ANDREW BENTLEY is probably the most elegantly creepy and atmospheric, in other terms the most 'Gothic' of all THRILLER-episodes. The old mansion is the most beautifully gloomy setting that one can wish for. As it is the case with most THRILLER-episodes, the score is great and perfectly supportive of the gloomy atmosphere. This is one of two episodes featuring the incredibly creepy-looking Reggie Nalder (the other being THE TERROR IN TEAKWOOD). Nalder, an Austrian actor whose sinister scarred face epitomized the looks of a Horror-villain is probably best-known for his role of a Witch-hunter in the controversial 1970 Exploitation-classic MARK OF THE DEVIL (OT: HEXEN BIS AUFS BLUT GEQUÄLT). He once again shines in the role of an utterly diabolical character here. THRILLER is a show that is generally highly recommended to any lover of classic Horror, and THE RETURN OF ANDREW BENTLEY is the best episode I've seen so far. Should I see a better episode, I'd bee surprised. Highly recommended!


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