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The Lie Chair 

A couple gets marooned in an isolated household. The owner and her helper live under the geise that deceased loved ones still live. This gets projected on the unrelated couple who start to become affected themselves....

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writer:

Dave Cole (as David Cole)
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Episode credited cast:
Amelia Hall Amelia Hall ... Mildred
Susan Hogan ... Carol
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Neil
Doris Petrie Doris Petrie ... Mrs. Rogers
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A couple gets marooned in an isolated household. The owner and her helper live under the geise that deceased loved ones still live. This gets projected on the unrelated couple who start to become affected themselves....

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PEEP SHOW: THE LIE CHAIR (TV) (David Cronenberg, 1975) ***
7 November 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is an effectively eerie piece which has the feel of a one-act play: a couple are stranded in the countryside on a rainy night and seek shelter in house nearby. When they knock at the door, they're welcomed as the guests the elderly owner had been expecting for dinner; the maid asks them to play up to the old woman – but it soon transpires that she's just as batty and deluded! In fact, the people they're supposed to be have been dead for some time!

Other weird goings-on include: when the couple ask the owner to use the phone, she tells them they don't have one – however, when enquiring about an extra place at table, she tells them it's for the handyman…but he phoned saying he got caught up in town because of the storm!; also, they hear the voices of children when approaching the maid's room but, on opening the door, she's all alone!

The twist is that, as if by a spell, the couple are slowly turning into the persons they're pretending to be: a particularly chilling moment occurs when the man wonders where he might find a pair of pyjamas in the room they've been assigned and his wife, who obviously had never been there before, casually indicates the exact drawer where they're kept! The last scene sees all four people having breakfast and gleefully reminiscing about the good old days! Incidentally, the title is a reference to a chair in which the hero's 'grandfather' would sit with him and make-believe to while away the time.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1976 (Canada) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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