Thriller (1960–1962)
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An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

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John Brahm

Writers:

August Derleth (adaptation), August Derleth (story) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Patricia Barry ... Sheila Devore
John Baragrey ... George Machik
John Fiedler ... Herbert Bleake
Herbert Rudley ... Max Quinke
Linda Watkins ... Arabella Foote
Ina Victor ... Betty
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Lester Clyne
William O'Connell ... Chester #2
Pamela Searle ... Meg Peyton
Maurice Dallimore ... Bokor #1
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Chester #1
Kendrick Huxham ... Bishop
Jonathan Morris Jonathan Morris ... Bokor # 2
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An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The execution with which the story begins, supposedly in eighteenth-century England, employs the "long drop" method of hanging which did not appear until after the 1868 reforms which ended public executions and thus did not encourage protracted suffering. See more »

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Much like the episode of "The Simpsons" where Homer dons Snake's hair...with dire consequences!
22 October 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the story begins, a witch from what appears to be the 18th century is being hung. However, she is very particular about her wig...and after she dies you understand why....it's EVIL! When one of the executioners removes her wig, he becomes ancient and dies!

Centuries pass. A down and out actress, Shelia Devore (Patricia Barry) has inexplicably been chosen to star in some big movie about the life of that dead witch from the beginning of the show. But she insists that she MUST wear that witch's wig...no imitation. And, when she dons the wig, it take over the actress and turns her into a murderous fiend...albeit a popular one!

Because of the supernatural elements in the story, this one is less like an episode of "Thriller" and more like "The Twilight Zone"! This is NOT a complaint...as too often "Thriller" episodes could have been much more exciting had they gone weirder and more supernatural. Overall, quite enjoyable and creepy...and worth seeing.


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