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The Norliss Tapes (1973)

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An investigative reporter stumbles onto an artist that has made a pact to come back after his death to sculpt a statue of a demon using human blood and clay. Once the demon is awakened he will be granted immortality.

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Dan Curtis

Writers:

William F. Nolan (teleplay), Fred Mustard Stewart (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Thinnes ... David Norliss
Don Porter ... Sanford T. Evans
Angie Dickinson ... Ellen Sterns Cort
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Tom Hartley
Michele Carey ... Marsha Sterns
Vonetta McGee ... Mme. Jeckiel
Hurd Hatfield ... Charles Langdon
Bryan O'Byrne ... Mr. Dobkins
Robert Mandan ... George Rosen
Ed Gilbert ... Sid Phelps (as Edmund Gilbert)
Jane Dulo Jane Dulo ... Sarah Dobkins
Stanley Adams ... Truck Driver
Bob Schott ... Sargoth
George DiCenzo ... Man in Langdon Gallery
Patrick Wright ... Larry Mather
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Storyline

A newspaper publisher listens to the personal tapes of investigative reporter David Norliss, who has disappeared during an investigation. The tapes tell the story of that investigation, involving a recent widow whose late husband has been seen working in his private studio. As Norliss and the widow investigate, they unravel a plot involving Voodoo and the walking dead. Written by balkaster

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'anello del mistero See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was intended as a pilot for a TV series of the same name. It was not picked up by NBC. See more »

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David Norliss: As I headed for the Cort estate along the seventeen mile drive, acres of lush cyprus and tall pine loomed over me. The ocean below bellowed and roared, smashing into the coastline spilling white foam along the sand. There's no doubt this rugged peninsular country could give the French Riviera tough competition. But on this afternoon, my mind really wasn't on the scenery. I kept thinking about the girl who had been murdered the night before, trying to tie what I knew about her into the story ...
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Rare but is it worth tracking down a copy?
21 April 2006 | by Golgo-13See all my reviews

This film is a made-for-TV pilot movie. Sadly, the show never went into production; I think it would have made for decent horror fare. As it stands, The Norliss Tapes is an interesting enough story about an author who is writing a book to disprove the supernatural. His research, however, proves otherwise. The movie seems to have sort of a minor cult following but I honestly didn't think it was anything special at all (it was average at best), or even all that scary (despite the claims). Really, I believe it's one of those shows that linger in someone's mind if they had watched it at a younger age, nostalgia and all that.


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