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Encounter with the Unknown (1972)

Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother ... See full summary »

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Harry Thomason
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Ginnaven Robert Ginnaven ... Father Duane (as Bob Ginnaven)
Gary Brockette Gary Brockette ... Frank Cameron
John Leslie ... Randy Powell
Tom Haywood Tom Haywood ... Dave Terrell
Fran Franklin ... Mrs. Davis
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Brother Taylor (as Jim Harrell)
John Cissne ... Johnny Davis
Mary Jane Wilson ... Mrs. Wilson
Lyle Armstrong Lyle Armstrong ... Second Priest
Charles Rumph Charles Rumph ... Student
Kevin Bieberly ... Jess
Annabelle Weenick ... Mother
Robert Holton Robert Holton ... Joe
Frank Schaefer Frank Schaefer ... Barber
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Storyline

Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother forecasts the deaths of the three young men she holds responsible, on 7, 14, and 21 days hence. And, one by one, her grim predictions come true. Next, a ghoulish sound emanates from a mist-shrouded hole in the Earth near where a Missouri boy has lost his dog. The boy's father is lowered into the hole and lets out an agonizing scream! Finally, a senator returning home from a party finds a lost girl on a bridge and learns from her father that she died years earlier! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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An incredible journey into the supernatural.

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontros com o Desconhecido See more »

Filming Locations:

Little Rock, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film has two narrators. Rod Serling does voice over introductions to the three stories, but the opening and closing narration is by someone else. See more »

Goofs

The opening of the film has a roll up of text on screen, like Star Wars and many films do. A narrator, not Rod Serling, is reading the words you see on screen, but about halfway through the roll what the narrator is reading and what is on screen are totally different. One or the other must be from a wrong draft of the script. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Davis: Listen you well to my word. One by land, two by sky. Look to the heptagon for it is there. Seven times around go the three of you and may your reward be just and true.
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Graveyard
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Composed and Performed by Johnny Pearson
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Terrific 70's style spook-fest!!
21 June 2010 | by smoothbreeze73See all my reviews

I love these old gems from the past! No computer special effects or anything fancy, just simple, creepy tales done in sort of a 70's documentary style. This fits in with other classics like "Legend Of Bogey Creek". The great Rod Serling narrates three weird tales of the supernatural. Making it even spookier is that the stories told are supposedly based on real life accounts. Fact or not, I'm into this sort of thing so this was right up my alley! TV can't make creepy shows like this anymore. The old style grainy picture creates a real mood with these old shows, something that isn't captured with the new digital. This is the type of show the would air late at night that would scare the life out of me growing up! If you're nostalgic, and enjoy classic horror from the past, I definitely recommend trying to find this on VHS, you will enjoy it!


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