Deadly Nightmares (1983–1991)
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A greedy man and his older rich wife's greedy stepdaughter become lovers and plan to kill the woman using cursed voodoo-like dolls.


Ivan Nagy


Lewis Chesler


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Episode cast overview:
Nicholas Campbell ... The Hitchhiker
Page Fletcher ... The Hitchhiker
Bruce Greenwood ... Jeff Boder
Alexandra Stewart ... Jackie Winslow
Aleisa Shirley ... Pamela Winslow
Tom Heaton ... Peter DeVries
Anna Teghararian Anna Teghararian ... Grandmother
Anthony Holland ... Lawyer
Doreen Ramus Doreen Ramus ... Mrs. Blackmun
Alana Shields Alana Shields ... The Maid
Alan Simmonds Alan Simmonds ... Pastor


Handsome and ambitious young man Jeff Boder marries the wealthy and much older Jackie Winslow for her considerable fortune. Jeff falls under the enticing spell of Jackie's bitchy and cynical stepdaughter Pamela. Jeff finds a way to bump off Jackie using a mysterious statuette given to him by his grandmother so both him and Pamela can inherit her money. However, things don't ultimately work out as planned in the long run. Written by Woodyanders

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Release Date:

23 November 1983 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicholas Campbell appeared as the Hitchhiker in the original 1983 version of this episode. In syndication his scenes were re-shot with Page Fletcher in the role of The Hitchhiker so as to create consistency with the rest of the episodes in the series. However, this often creates inconsistencies in this episode, because it is obvious that scenes with Fletcher were shot at a different time than scenes with his co-stars. See more »

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Bruce Greenwood stars in the debut of "The Hitchhiker".
27 September 2018 | by b_kiteSee all my reviews

Jeff Boder (a young Bruce Greenwood) is an ambitious young man who is about to marry a much older wealthy woman Jackie Winslow (Alexandra Stewart). Boder however finds himself attracted to her much younger stepdaughter Pamela (Aleisa Shirley). After being given a mysterious statuette by his grandmother (Anna Teghararian), which seems to have almost voodoo like powers in what ever happens to the statuette happens to both Jeff and Jackie. The pair of Jeff and Pamela come up with an idea to murder Jackie with the means of the statuette to gain Jackie's huge wealth and finally be with each other, the plan works, but, fate has a way of settling debts.

The first episode of the notorious HBO anthology series witch was directed by Ivan Nagy, who also directed the other two season one episodes this one isn't bad, but, its a strange little tale none the less. The young Greenwood does a fine job in his early role and the young Aleisa Shirley is beautiful to look at. Watching this one for the first time however you would think that Shirley would just kill both of them off to have the money all to herself, but, it strangely doesn't happen that way, and the overall final twist is insane and hard to forget. All together a nice way to start the series. Plus the episode I watched contained the Page Fletcher opening wraparounds.

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