Dead of Night (1972)
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The Exorcism 

Four friends gather for Christmas dinner at an old cottage. Suddenly, there's a power failure and the phone goes dead. Then their wine turns to blood and the turkey makes them violently ill. Then things really get strange!

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Don Taylor

Writer:

Don Taylor
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Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Cropper ... Rachel
Sylvia Kay ... Margaret
Edward Petherbridge ... Edmund
Clive Swift ... Dan
Kenneth Kendall ... Newsreader
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Four friends gather for Christmas dinner at an old cottage. Suddenly, there's a power failure and the phone goes dead. Then their wine turns to blood and the turkey makes them violently ill. Then things really get strange!

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UK

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5 November 1972 (UK) See more »

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Color
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Social commentary and horror
24 March 2019 | by ebeckstr-1See all my reviews

The name of this episode belies the content slightly; it is actually a ghost story, and a good one at that. It is extremely well-written and well-acted, and eventually builds some very good supernatural suspense.

While the first 15 minutes consists of lots of dialogue and no supernatural content, everything being discussed among the characters with respect to socialism, living a Bourgeois lifestyle, and similar content, winds up having a surprisingly direct connection to the supernatural story which emerges a bit further into the episode. Any horror anthology that manages to connect social and political commentary with a thrilling supernatural tale has achieved something! The Twilight Zone did so often, but outside of The Twilight Zone it's not particularly common.

I also found the ending to be so shocking and unexpected that I found myself saying out loud to my television, "Wo!" particularly because this episode was originally aired on Christmas Eve. I will say nothing more so to avoid spoilers

Anyway, highly recommended. I will be buying this set on DVD.


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