Thriller (1960–1962)
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Fiendish Moloch and his huge creature Styx kill a chauffeur and kidnap his passengers, who are en route to a bachelor party. The 2 abductees (a bridegroom, who's heir to an English country ... See full summary »

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

John Clemons (story), Donald S. Sanford (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Robert Penrose
Henry Daniell ... Squire Moloch
Torin Thatcher ... Jeremy Teal
Fintan Meyler Fintan Meyler ... Laura Dunning
Richard Kiel ... Master Styx
Billy Beck ... Cyril the Chauffeur
Molly Glessing Molly Glessing ... Miss Price
Diana Bourbon Diana Bourbon ... Laura's Maid
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Fiendish Moloch and his huge creature Styx kill a chauffeur and kidnap his passengers, who are en route to a bachelor party. The 2 abductees (a bridegroom, who's heir to an English country estate, and the estates overseer), are forced to slog through foggy moors to an ancient Gothic fortress. As dawn approaches, the diabolic pair push their captives to speed up, because the demonic creatures fear the coming of dawn's light. Written by David Stevens

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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When Robert Penrose is in the well, a wetsuit is visible underneath his sheer white shirt. See more »

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References London After Midnight (1927) See more »

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brilliant
4 January 2010 | by guenzeldSee all my reviews

THRILLER was, of course, one of the very best, if not the best, horror anthology series ever to hit television. The good news is that, at long last, this venerable series will see a 2010 DVD release from Universal. And high time.

THE WELL OF DOOM is one of those brilliantly moody episodes - a mood that only rich black and white photography can give (it is impossible for color photography to achieve this) - that curdles your blood, something that this series excelled at. The atmosphere is just sensational: you can literally smell the mould and feel the damp.

Among the striking aspects of this fine episode is the superb makeup on actor Henry Daniell; it is truly, genuinely frightening. And when coupled with that wonderfully rich voice of his you have a character that seems to have crawled out of the depths of Hell. He's that good (and, of course, Daniell is always good, no matter what the role).

Donald S Sanford wrote an excellent script, one of many well-constructed ones he contributed to this series. He was quite at home in the horror genre because every one of his scripts for THRILLER really caught the true essence of fine Gothic literature. The episode was very well directed by John Brahm, a German director who started in silent films and had a notable if not distinguished career behind the camera.

Dear old Torin Thatcher is always nice to see in anything and here again he doesn't fail us. And I was pleasantly surprised by Ronald Howard's strong performance since that actor was often, I think wrongly, given weakling parts to play. In this role he excelled.

This is one of the best episodes from that superb series which we anxiously await for a release this year. Let's hope that Universal doesn't wait around too long before releasing it.


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