Two journalists search for a rock band that was popular 20 years ago but just seemed to have vanished and was never heard from again. Their investigation leads them to discover more about the band than they bargained for.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Cora Berlaine
... Paul Taylor
... Henry Bircher
Allan Love ... Ray Verne
Diana King ... Madge Bircher
Julian Littman ... Ron Verne
... Lou Delmart
... Sergeant Drury
Oscar Quitak ... Estate Manager
Daphne Goddard ... Miss Elsie Barrett
Robert Morgan ... Mate
Forbes Collins ... Landlord
John Patrick ... Police Sergeant Wilson
... Ellen Jarvis
... Driver, Charlie


A world-weary freelance author in need of work and a young female consultant, who's an expert on the history of 60s music, are hired by an avid record producer, who plans to make a nice buck by re-releasing the albums of an extremely popular 60s rock duo consisting of two wild brothers that simply disappeared from the scene in 1963 without an explanation, and write a "Where are they now" piece on them to promote the re-release. The pair discovers that the last gig the duo ever played was in a small, remote, ghostly village that's not on any recent map. As they approach the village, the woman's repressed memories of a traumatic event from her childhood begin to emerge.

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12 November 1984 (UK)  »

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Surprisingly Cheesy
15 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

The HAMMER HOUSE of MYSTERY and SUSPENSE series lasted for only one season. If all episodes would have turned out as offbeat as "Black Carrion", the reason for the cancellation of the show would have been self explanatory. However, most of its episodes do keep up a good standard within the British suspense tradition.

What makes this episode fail is the uninspired direction of a particularly nonsensical plot.

The plot deals with a journalist and his female sidekick getting assigned by a music magazine, or something, to unravel a "mysterious disappearance": What happened to a short-lived (one season!) rock duo of the 60s? A truly corny assignment, indeed. There are a number of obvious influences from various sources, among which the movies "All You Need Is Cash" and "The Duel" might be mentioned. (Though supposedly being filmed in 1963, the retained footage of the duo appears in a most unconvincingly crisp clear color . Compare this to the corresponding footage of the Rutles in "All You Need Is Cash" which actually appears vintage.) On top of that, the sidekick seems to have a distressing personal relation to the duo, shown in flashbacks, that she surprisingly did not inform her companion of as they set out for the story.

The rest of the plot is, besides being a bummer, overacted and taking itself too seriously.

A badly aged product of the 80s.

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