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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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
John Newland ...
Ellis Corbett
Sheila Corbett
Philip Bourneuf ...
Dr. Weatherbee
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Rev. Burkhardt (as Oscar Beregi)
Ken Renard ...
Terence de Marney ...
Amos Wilder
Reggie Nalder ...
Andrew Bentley
The Familiar


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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It sure gets the atmosphere right!
2 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A few months ago, I tried watching the anthology series "Thriller" and was incredibly disappointed. While I was hoping it would be like "The Twilight Zone" or "The Outer Limits", I was shocked how boring and mundane the shows were--and mostly about crime. However, I read someone's review of the show and they insisted that the show got better as it progressed and the later episodes were quite spooky. And so, "The Return of Andrew Bentley" is my attempt to once again watch the show.

I noticed at the onset that this particular episode was nothing like the first 6 or 7 I'd tried to watch. This one was very mysterious and creepy--with a tone that would scare the pants off many viewers! The music, the sets and the writing were clearly nothing like the shows I'd already seen. This is a major plus.

The show begins with a couple going to see the husband's uncle. Amos Wilder turns out to be a really nutty guy who loves to scream and whose social skills are greatly in need of remediation! Uncle Amos gets Ellis Corbett (John Newland) to promise a lot of strange things--such as to NEVER leave this mansion. In exchange, Ellis will inherit his uncle's fortune. Within a day, Uncle Amos is dead--having taken his own life! After Amos' death, however, a strange specter of a man, a man long dead, appears in the home and seems to be coming for the uncle's corpse. Can Ellis possibly thwart this evil? This is clearly a scary piece of Gothic horror--and will no doubt please most viewers. However, it's so intensely scary that I don't recommend it to everyone. Kids and the easily frightened might just want to skip this one! So, for an early 1960s TV show, it is pretty amazing. As for the plot, it's interesting but has a few holes and inconsistencies--but you won't care because the show is so intensely scary and weird. Well worth seeing.

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