Tales of the Unexpected: Season 1, Episode 6

Force of Evil (13 Mar. 1977)

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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Yale Carrington
William Watson ...
Teddy Jakes
Maggie Carrington
Cindy Carrington
William Kirby Cullen ...
Floyd Carrington
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Ayres ...
Deputy Jones
Narrator (voice)
Cindy Eilbacher ...


A paroled rapist-murderer returns to a small community to take revenge against a doctor whose testimony sent him to prison. The doctor and his family are driven to homicide, but their victim's reign of terror escalates leading to only one possible conclusion: the man has returned from the dead. Written by Anonymous

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TV remake of Cape Fear
5 November 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is starting to become a bad habit. I keep putting films back to the bottom of the "to watch" pile just because of the title.

This one had made it to the top 3-4 times before i finally broke down and threw in the player. What do i find but a television remake of, CAPE FEAR.

And a not bad knockoff at that. The makers make a few minor changes but keep most of the story intact. In this one we have Lloyd Bridges in the Greg Peck role, Pat Crowley as the wife, Eve Plumb as the daughter, John Anderson as the police chief and William Waston in Mitchum's bit.

Watson might not ring any bells but you would know him if you saw him. He did lots of series in the 70's as a heavy, gunman type. Not expecting much from the film it took me a bit to clue in to what it really was, a remake of Cape Fear.

Then it got real interesting real fast. The film is rather nasty and violent for a TV film. Bridges and Crowley are good but Watson shines in an excellent take on Mitchum.

Being a Quinn Martin film we of course have William Conrad as the opening narrator. This was the pilot movie for a failed series called, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED.

The director was Richard Lang who worked on some "HARRY O" episodes and a TV remake of Dark Mirror. A good little film and a nice way to spend an evening in front of the boob tube

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