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Spectre (1977)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 21 May 1977
Renowned criminologist and occult investigator, William Sebastian recruits his old friend, Dr. Hamilton to assist in his current case. Anitra Cyon - sister of prominent British businessman ... See full summary »

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Clive Donner

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Samuel A. Peeples, Gene Roddenberry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Culp ... William Sebastian
Gig Young ... Dr. Ham Hamilton
John Hurt ... Mitri Cyon
Gordon Jackson ... Inspector Cabell
Ann Bell ... Anitra Cyon
James Villiers ... Sir Geoffrey Cyon
Majel Barrett ... Lilith
Jenny Runacre ... Sydna
Angela Grant Angela Grant ... Butler
Penny Irving ... First Maid
Vicki Michelle ... Second Maid
Lindy Benson Lindy Benson ... Third Maid
Sally Farmiloe Sally Farmiloe ... Fourth Maid
Michael Latimer ... Co-pilot
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Storyline

Renowned criminologist and occult investigator, William Sebastian recruits his old friend, Dr. Hamilton to assist in his current case. Anitra Cyon - sister of prominent British businessman Geoffrey Cyon, believes her brother's dabbling in the black arts. In turn, Geoffrey claims she's mentally unfit. Sebastian and Hamilton travel to the Cyon estate to investigate the matter. Complicating the issue is Sebastian's debilitating heart condition which was induced by his own experimentations with the black arts. Written by JHC3

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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espectro See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The jet seen in the film, tail number G-BFAN, is a Hawker Siddeley HS 125.700. See more »

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Different airplanes are used in different exterior shots of what is supposed to be the same jet. Though they appear to be the same model, they have distinctive markings. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hamilton: It's impossible for something to feel evil to the touch. Am I imagining it?
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Alternate Versions

To sell the pilot movie overseas as a theatrical feature, a few brief insert shots of topless actresses during the "revelry" scene near the end were shot and added to that version, which was a fairly common practice when U.S. television product was being considered for foreign cinema release. It is this "European cut" that has aired in recent years on U.S. cable movie channels (like Fox Movie Channel). See more »

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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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No Man Is Above The Law
16 September 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** For the first time in his life brilliant detective and world renowned criminologist William Sabastian, Robert Culp,is scared and unsure of himself in solving an unsolvable, for anyone else but him, crime a crime involving the supernatural. William had dabbled in the supernatural before and ended up almost losing his life. His heart was literally ripped out his chest but with the help of his faithful maid Lilith (Majel Barrett), who has a deep knowledge of occult practices, saved his life but William was left a very weak and frighten man.

Calling his friend Dr. Ham Hamilton, Gig Young, over to go with him on a case in the UK William feels that he'll need him if anything goes wrong in a case, of the bizarre and supernatural, he's investigating there involving the Cyon House headed by Sir Geoffery Coyn, James Villiers. Sir Geoffery's sister Anitra, Ann Bell,feels that there's strange and evil goings on in and around the Coyn Esatae and that her brother Geoffery is the cause of them and that her life is now in danger.

Willian and Dr. Hamilton arrive in London and go to see a friend of his, Quellious, at the Marlin's Mews but find the place on fire with Mr. Quellious dead viciously clawed by some unknown animal in the middle of a giant Pentagram that was on the floor. William knowing what the Pentagram stands for, The Devil's Sign, get's himself and Dr. Himilton to stand in the middle of it and thus prevent themselves from being burned alive. William also finds a journal on Quellious written in ancient Coptic that if deciphered explains what evil is really going on at the Coyn House and who's responsible for it.

Later at the Coyn House William and Dr. Hamilton meet the Coyn's including young Mitri ,John Hurt, a professional pilot who flew them to England from the USA. William senses that these's a strong presence of the Devil there but, besides the Coyn's also their staff of maids and male servants, who exactly is he or she? Using his skills as a top crime investigator William deduces that all this horror that struck the Coyn House centers at the Stonehenge-like site on the estate called the "Fire Pit". The "Fire Pit" was excavated by Sir. Geoffery some three years ago and since then all hell broke loose. Thats when these strange and weird events, that according to Anitra, began to happen. William also finds out that all the workmen who were part of that excavation mysteriously died.

Robert Culp as a modern Sherlock Holmes with his Dr. Watson-like friend Dr. Hamilton have their hands full in this suspense/thriller. With them stumbling upon the place where the Demon Asmodious, the Lord of Lechery, has his home-base the secretive " Hell Fire Club". It's there where those in power and high office, in both England as well as in the world, were members of.

Wild and fiery ending with the demon worshipers and their Idol Asmodious thrown back into the bottomless pit by a courageous and revived, back from his heart-ailment, William Sabastian during an orgy of sex and human sacrifices. The very graphic orgy sequence in the film must have been cut when "Specter", a made for TV movie, was first broadcast on NBC Television back in May 1977 but is in the cable TV version of the film.


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