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Night Slaves (1970)

A man and his wife find themselves stranded in a small western town. He discovers that a strange force has turned the residents into zombies, and runs into a beautiful woman who he believes is the key to the mystery.


Ted Post


Everett Chambers (teleplay), Robert Specht (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
James Franciscus ... Clay Howard
Lee Grant ... Marjorie Howard
Scott Marlowe ... Matt Russell
Andrew Prine ... Fess Beany / Noel
Tisha Sterling ... Annie Fletcher / Naillil
Leslie Nielsen ... Sheriff Henshaw
Morris Buchanan ... Mr. Hale
John Kellogg ... Mr. Fletcher
Virginia Vincent ... Mrs. Crawford
Cliff Carnell ... Deputy Spencer
Victor Izay ... Jeff Pardee
Raymond Mayo ... Joe Landers
Russell Thorson ... Dr. Sanders
Nancy Valentine ... May
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisha Cook Jr. ... (unconfirmed)


A man and his wife stumble upon a town whose inhabitants turn into zombies and head for the edge of town every night... he seems to be the only one unaffected. What is happening to the townsfolk? Who is the mysterious young women he keeps seeing? Why isn't he affected? Written by Randy Goldberg <gaellon@inch.com>

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Morning Brings Denials of a Whole Town's Mysterious Night Journey See more »


Mystery | Sci-Fi

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TV debut of Sharon Gless. See more »


When Naillil explains to Clay that the people inside of the force field will not be harmed, she really should be saying "outside". See more »


Annie Fletcher: STOP! Put your hands straight ahead and walk forward very carefully!
Clay Howard: Oh come on!
Annie Fletcher: No I mean it! I just don't want to hurt that poor head of yours!
Clay Howard: Ha... you did say a couple of miles didn't you!
[Bumps head into something unseen]
Annie Fletcher: It's a force field! People inside will not be harmed and they will come back just like they did last night! And they won't remember too!
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Excuse me, Mr. Zombie, but where are you taking my estranged wife at night?
27 January 2018 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

In case you're somewhat familiar with my user-comments' account, you might know that I have a strange fondness for made-for-TV horror/thriller movies from the early 1970s. Quite often they are genuinely well-scripted, tense, atmospheric and in desperate need for rediscovery. But I even tend to be generous and mild towards the ones that are obviously less qualitative, like this "Night Slaves", for example. The plot is implausible, the surprise twists are absurd and the characters are antipathetic, but nevertheless I enjoyed how director Ted Post ("Magnum Force", "Beneath the Planet of the Apes") and his talented cast (including James Franciscus, Andrew Prine and Leslie Nielsen) desperately attempt to uphold the mystery. Recovering from a terrible car accident that put a metal plate in his head, Clay Howard takes his estranged wife Marjorie on a road trip through rural California. They stop for a hotel in a sleepy little town, and you may the "sleepy" very literally, since practically every local is taking a nap in the middle of the day. When night falls, however, all residents - and Marjorie - are suddenly mass-hypnotized and led into trucks. What happens from there is quite reminiscent to the very first zombie movies ever made, as well as to certain alien-invasion Sci-Fi movies from the fifties! In all zombie movies made prior to "Night of the Living Dead" in 1969, like "White Zombie" and "Plague of the Zombies", the dead are solely brought back to life to work as slaves in mines or in plantations, and also in a few B-movie classics in the Sci-Fi genre (such as "It came from Outer Space", "Invaders from Mars") human beings are enslaved by superior extra-terrestrials. The denouement in "Night Slaves" is much simpler and sillier, but at least the premise felt like a nostalgic throwback. The film honestly doesn't deserve a rating higher than 5 out of 10, but I also happen to be a sucker for bleak and depressing endings, and the best and most shocking part about "Night Slaves" is definitely the climax.

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29 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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