Fred and Molly Bancroft, a pair of penniless newlyweds, are so desperate that they visit Fred's mysterious uncle Konrad Markesan, whom he hasn't seen in over twenty years. They are hoping to live in with him rent free until they can find jobs and be self-sufficient. The once-beautiful mansion is in a decrepitly musty state, filled with dust, cobwebs, and rats while Fred's once-kindly uncle is now a disheveled, cadaver-like figure who offers them shelter on condition that they never leave their room after dark, a condition that Markesan insures by locking them in at night.
Did You Know?
The twilight of his illustrious career saw Boris Karloff come full circle, as THRILLER was filmed at his longtime home studio Universal; the house seen in this entry is the same one where Lon Chaney's Kharis perished in the fiery finale of 1942's THE MUMMY'S TOMB. See more
Fred leaves his wife after midnight in order to visit Professor Holden at the university. Against all logic, the Professor is found working diligently in his office. See more
Above all, do not seek me out or disturb me for any reason whatever.
Whatever you say, sir.
[Pausing by the door before he leaves
One more condition, and this is vital - I don't care to have you venture forth at night. You must either stay in these rooms from dusk until dawn or leave the house entirely for the night. You understand?
[He exits and closes the door
Professor Latimore's name is spelled "Latimer" in the end credits. See more