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The Norliss Tapes (1973)

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An investigative reporter stumbles onto an artist that has made a pact to come back after his death to sculpt a statue of a demon using human blood and clay. Once the demon is awakened he will be granted immortality.

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Dan Curtis

Writers:

William F. Nolan (teleplay), Fred Mustard Stewart (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Thinnes ... David Norliss
Don Porter ... Sanford T. Evans
Angie Dickinson ... Ellen Sterns Cort
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Tom Hartley
Michele Carey ... Marsha Sterns
Vonetta McGee ... Mme. Jeckiel
Hurd Hatfield ... Charles Langdon
Bryan O'Byrne ... Mr. Dobkins
Robert Mandan ... George Rosen
Ed Gilbert ... Sid Phelps (as Edmund Gilbert)
Jane Dulo Jane Dulo ... Sarah Dobkins
Stanley Adams ... Truck Driver
Bob Schott ... Sargoth
George DiCenzo ... Man in Langdon Gallery
Patrick Wright ... Larry Mather
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Storyline

A newspaper publisher listens to the personal tapes of investigative reporter David Norliss, who has disappeared during an investigation. The tapes tell the story of that investigation, involving a recent widow whose late husband has been seen working in his private studio. As Norliss and the widow investigate, they unravel a plot involving Voodoo and the walking dead. Written by balkaster

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'anello del mistero See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was intended as a pilot for a TV series of the same name. It was not picked up by NBC. See more »

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David Norliss: The morning I drove down from San Francisco, the weather was foul. A curtain of cold rain fell from a gun metal grey sky. I'd set up a meeting with Sheriff Hartley in Carmel to discuss the Ellen Court situation. I didn't expect much cooperation from him but it was worth a try. A way to begin. When I pulled up in front of Hartley's office, the sky had begun to clear and the sun was breaking through. I hoped it was a good omen.
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Well, it was scary in the 70s...
2 September 2005 | by pembriarSee all my reviews

I ordered this hard-to-find show on eBay and got an excellent copy of it. I'd been literally waiting years to finally watch the TV show that had left the greatest impression of terror on me since childhood. I mean, I wasn't let down when I acquired a DVD of Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black; that last episode with the freaky doll still creeped me out... kinda.

Well, last night I sat down, put the disc in my trusty old DVD player , and -- uh, found it to be a less-than-horrific experience. Of course I knew it wasn't going to have the same sort of effect on me that it did back then, so I prepared myself for a bit of disappointment.

It was okay I guess, and considering I'm much older and can follow the storyline infinitely better than I did when I was 9 helps too. I liked the shots of the Bay Area and the Pacific coastline, and a young and lovely Angie Dickenson is always easy on the eyes, but still -- I wasn't even so much as mildly surprised throughout the entire film. The evil manifestation that happened at the end of the film almost had me laughing -- and I scolded myself for mocking this beloved show.

As a made-for-TV film it is somewhat enjoyable and certainly above average, but as with all things nostalgic and memorable, don't get your hopes up too much like I did.

Okay, now I'm off to find some "ABC Movie of the Week" episodes that hopefully have aged a little better than this one did...


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