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Visitor from the Grave 

A former mental patient kills her would-be rapist, but his corpse returns from its secret grave.


Peter Sasdy


Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)




Episode complete credited cast:
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Penny
Simon MacCorkindale ... Harry
Gareth Thomas ... Richard / Gupta
Mia Nadasi ... Margaret
Stanley Lebor ... Charles


In this Hammer Horror take of 'Diabolique', Penny is the mentally unbalanced wife of Harry Wells a crooked businessman who kills an intruder whom was a business rival of Harry's. After helping her husband hide the body to avoid a police investigation, Penny starts having visions of the dead man appearing before her which drives her more insane. Harry think's Penny's just imagining things, while a local psychic, named Margaret, suggests an exorcism to drive the ghost away. But the real surprise is yet to come. Written by Anonymous

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The rapist smashes through the French window on entering, yet there is never a mention of having to have the window repaired as part of the cover up, even though it's not something Harry could have done by himself. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Weak episode in a normally reliable series
20 February 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

VISITOR FROM THE GRAVE is a somewhat lacklustre addition to the HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR television series, made weaker by its ludicrous twist ending which makes fun of almost everything that's come before. Director Peter Sasdy (of COUNTESS Dracula fame) is able to inject some much-needed atmosphere into his low budget production, but that's the only thing of interest here.

In what amounts to little more than a stagy, one-room three-hander, Kathryn Leigh Scott plays a woman who fights off a would-be rapist only to find herself haunted by the vengeful man's spirit. There's a typically stiff-upper-lip performance from Simon MacCorkindale as her husband and a slightly extraneous turn from BLAKE'S 7 honcho Gareth Thomas as a copper, and that's about it. The story is predictable, the chills lukewarm and the ending just stupid.

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