The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 32 – Mr. Garrity and the Graves

Jared Garrity arrives in Happiness, Arizona circa 1875 and enters the saloon where he wakes up the saloon keeper Jensen and asks for a beer.  Praising the town Garrity marvels at how peaceful it is and Jensen tells him that it only was renamed Happiness ten months ago when the new Sheriff named Gilchrist established law and order in the previously lawless town by killing off the outlaws like Lightning Peterson.  Since then everything has been happy in Happiness.  But when Jensen asks Garrity what his line of work is Garrity replies, “I raise the dead.”

Garrity continues that he is able to resurrect the dead through scientific principles that he learned in the Himalayas.  As they were talking in the bar the hear a dog give a loud yelp from out on the street.  Rushing outside they see that a dog is lying apparently dead on the street and a man driving a wagon says that the dog ran under his wheels and was killed.

Garrity announces that he will resurrect the dog if everyone present will turn their backs while he performs his secret procedure.  After a few seconds of Garrity mumbling some words they hear a bark and turning around they see that the dog is indeed alive and unharmed.

Now Garrity announces that, that very night, he will resurrect all the dead in their Boot Hill and that the departed would arrive back in town at midnight.  As the hour approaches A form is seen walking through the fog toward the saloon and Garrity tells Jensen that since his brother was the last to die, he will be the first to return.  Jensen nervously tells Garrity that his brother John was a thief and a drunkard.  And he tells Garrity that if there is some way to stop the resurrection, he would want it.  Garrity tells him that resurrection is easy but reversing it is difficult, $700 of difficult.  Jensen pays.  Then each of the townspeople pay Garrity to keep their kin from returning.  Mr. Gooberman, the town drunk pays for his wife Zelda to stay dead so she won’t break his arm again for the seventh time.  And the sheriff pays $1,200 to keep Lightning Peterson from coming back, especially since rumor has it that Sheriff Gilchrist shot him in the back.

After collecting all his fees Garrity leaves town and in front of the graveyard he meets up with the man who drove the wagon over the dog and of course, his dog.  Garrity compliments his friend for impersonating Jensen’s brother and then they discuss their next con job in Tucson.  As he leaves, Garrity addresses the denizens of the graveyard and apologizes for not actually being able to bring them back to life.

As he drives away, the dead rise up from their graves and stagger down the road toward town.  John Jensen, Zelda Gooberman and Lightning Peterson each express their impatience to get back to Happiness and greet their “friends and relatives.”

What can I say?  John Dehner, J. Pat O’Malley and Stanley Adams as Garrity, Gooberman and Jensen respectively are fine character actors who take comic turns in this farcical passion play.  Between the cowardly hypocrisy of the denizens of Happiness and the creepy supernatural ending this is a very enjoyable comic Twilight Zone episode.  A.

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 31 – The Encounter

Mr. Fenton is a WW II veteran of the Pacific Theater who is in his attic throwing away junk.  Taro (Arthur) Takamori is a young Japanese American who stopped by to ask if he could add Fenton’s yard to his lawn mowing route.  Fenton asks him to come up to the attic to help him clean up the junk and to share a beer.

During the conversation we discover that Fenton has a lot of hostility toward the Japanese from his time in the war.  He shows Arthur the samurai sword he took from a Japanese officer whom he says was trying to kill him with it.  Fenton claims he’s tried repeatedly to get rid of the sword by giving it away, selling it and throwing it in the trash but each time it’s been returned.

When Fenton leaves the attic to get a beer Arthur picks up the sword and says, “I’m going to kill him.”  Then he immediately asks himself “Why?”

Fenton continues to interlace insults with his conversation with Arthur and Arthur is clearly becoming angry.  Fenton becomes more and more agitated and begins describing just how dangerous a trained soldier like himself is.  At this point Arthur grabs the sword and seems to be preparing to attack Fenton with it.  Fenton arms himself with a small knife and attempts to disarm Arthur but Arthur ends up with the sword against Fenton’s throat.  Fenton placates Arthur by saying he was just describing his war training not threatening Arthur.  Arthur puts the sword down and they begin fencing with words again.  When Fenton says that he killed the officer in self defense Arthur calls him a liar and says the officer had put the sword down when Fenton killed him.  Fenton admits it but says that on Okinawa the standing order was take no prisoners.

Next we learn a little about why Arthur is so angry.  His father was construction contractor for the US Navy in Pearl Harbor and had built a dock for the Navy.  Initially Arthur tells Fenton that his father was a war hero who had warned the sailors about the approaching planes but later he breaks down and admits that his father had betrayed the Americans and had guided the planes to their targets.  He was a traitor and Arthur was consumed by the blood guilt.

When Arthur tries to leave the attic, he finds that the door is inexplicably stuck.  They continue to talk and we learn that Fenton has lost his job and his wife over his drinking and the anger that he harbored over the war.  Once again Fenton and Arthur become involved in a fight with Arthur wielding the sword.  After a prolonged struggle Fenton manages to pry the sword out of Arthur’s hands and tosses it aside.  But the sword was caught between some of the furniture in the attic with the blade protruding up.  And when Fenton attempts to get up off the floor where he had been wrestling with Arthur, the young man grabs Fenton’s feet out from under him and Fenton impales himself on the blade and dies.  Arthur grabs the sword with an anguished look on his face, yells banzai! And hurls himself through the attic window to his death below.  Finally, the door to the outside opens on its own.

Rod Serling returns to one of his fascinations.  Serling served in the Pacific and it scarred his mind.  Fenton to some extent symbolizes the barbarity of the war but typically for Serling, he faults the American soldier and makes the Japanese officer the noble victim.  To be somewhat even handed he gives Arthur a guilt complex over his father’s treason.  But it’s pretty clear where our sympathies are supposed to lie.  I would give this episode a B but George Takei plays Arthur.  George and I do not share political sympathies.  I think he’s a jerk.  So, I’m giving it a B- because I’m as vindictive as they come.

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 30 – Stopover in a Quiet Town

Bob and Millie Frazier are Manhattanites that went to a party in the northern suburbs and have awakened the next morning in a suburban house in their party clothes from the night before with hangovers and no recollection of why they aren’t back home.

They squabble about whose fault it is that they’re there.  Bob was drunk so Millie drove them home.  But the last thing she remembers from the drive is a shadow enveloping the car and then nothing.  They walk around the house and find no one there.  When they try to use the telephone, they find out it’s not wired in but just hooked onto the wall.  Likewise, the cabinets in the kitchen are fake with the drawers just panels glued onto a blank wooden side.  And the refrigerator is empty except for some prop loaves of bread and empty food boxes.  The only sign of life is the sound in the background of a little girl giggling.

The go outside and find no people and only a stuffed squirrel propped on a tree branch.  The go to the church and it’s empty.  Bob rings the church bell for an extended time but nobody responds.  They walk down the street and every once in a while, they hear the childish laughter coming from nowhere.  They discover that the trees are fake and the grass is papier-mâché.  Finally, they think they’ve found a man sitting in a car but it’s just a dummy.  Then they find out that the car has no engine.

They start to crack up and Millie imagines that they crashed last night and they are in hell.  But then Bob here’s the whistle of a commuter train and they run to find it.  They rush on board just as it leaves Centerville (the name of the town).  The train pulls out of the station and they laugh with relief.  But the next stop is back where they started from in Centerville.

Now angry and determined, Bob tells Millie that they’re going to leave on foot down the main road.  But after a short time, they hear the laughter again and looking up they see a giant eight-year-old girl.  They run but she catches them and scoops them up in her hand.  Her mother shows up and tells her to play nicely with her pets because her father just brought them all the way from Earth.  But it’s lunch time so she deposits Bob and Millie back in Centerville until she finishes eating.

Alright, altogether!  What are my two primary rules for the Twilight Zone?

  • No mannequins, puppets or robots that think they are people.
  • No episodes where someone wakes up someplace alone and starts running around screaming for help.

Obviously, this falls under rule number two.  But you know what?  Seeing Bob and Millie in the palm of the giant little girl’s hand is just ridiculous enough to earn this the comedy exception clause.  Let’s go with a B-.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 29 – The Jeopardy Room

Martin Landau plays Major Ivan Kuchenko a Soviet defector trying to leave a neutral country bordering the Soviet Union and fly to the United States.  He is staying in a cheap hotel room waiting for his flight the next morning.  The phone in his room rings and a voice calling himself “a friend” tells him to expect a visit.

Commissar Vasiloff and his hitman Boris are occupying a room in the next building over and Boris tells Vasiloff that from the window he has a clear head shot at Kuchenko.  Vasiloff explains to Boris that the difference between them is that when it comes to assassination, Boris is a butcher and Vasiloff is an artist.  Vasiloff intends to have Kuchenko killed before the next morning but he intends to do it creatively and with finesse.

Vasiloff arrives at Kuchenko’s apartment door bearing a bottle of wine (amontillado, he states).  He tells Kuchenko that he intends to stop him from escaping but tells him that they can begin with a friendly drink.  Kuchenko refuses but Vasiloff drinks some wine to show it’s not poisoned.  Satisfied as to the safety of the wine Kuchenko drinks some of it but finds himself drugged and losing consciousness.

When he awakens, he finds Vasiloff gone but in his place a tape recorder.  When he plays the tape it’s Vasiloff’s voice explaining the present situation.  Vasiloff drugged him with a compound that he himself had become immune to.  Kuchenko is under surveillance by a gunman across the way and can be shot at any time.  Vasiloff has booby trapped something in the room.  Kuchenko must locate and disarm the trap within 3 hours.  If he finds it and disarms it within 3 hours, he will be allowed to leave the room alive.  If:

  • he doesn’t find it within 3 hours he will be shot
  • he stops looking for the bomb he will be shot
  • he tries to turn out the light he will be shot.

Boris observes Kuchenko through binoculars and informs Vasiloff of his progress.  Finally, Boris begs Vasiloff to tell him where it is.  Vasiloff tells him it’s in the phone but it’s only triggered once an incoming call rings in.  After Kuchenko has been searching fruitlessly for hours he tries to cover the window with a blanket and Boris sprays the room with bullets.  Kuchenko becomes enraged and breaks out the windows and loudly demands that Vasiloff have him killed.  As the end of the three hours is close Vasiloff calls Kuchenko’s room on the phone.  Kuchenko is about to pick up the receiver when he realizes where the bomb is.  Vasiloff calls again and this time Kuchenko makes a mad dash for the door and escapes before a hail of bullets hit the wall behind him.

Next, Boris and Vasiloff are shown in Kuchenko’s room and Boris gloats that his simple way would have been best but Vasiloff claims that there is time for him to finish off Kuchenko before he can reach America.  But suddenly the phone rings and without thinking Boris reaches to answer it.  Vasiloff begins to warn him but before he can finish Boris lifts the receiver and the bomb explodes killing them both.

In the last scene we see Kuchenko in a phone booth and we hear the operator say that the line has gone dead.  Kuchenko tells her never mind, because he has gotten through to the party he was trying to reach.  He leaves the public phone smiling.

Martin Landau was well known on tv as a part of the cast of the spy series, Mission Impossible, that was later turned into a series of movies.

This episode has a very simple plot and really is more of a spy thriller than a Twilight Zone episode.  But, it’s very entertaining, I think.  All three actors do a good job with the plot and lines they are given.  A-.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 28 – Caesar and Me

Former child star Jackie Cooper plays Jonathan West, an Irish immigrant who has a very unsuccessful career as a ventriloquist.  Caesar, his dummy is, of course, alive.  He berates Jonathan because of his failure and threatens to abandon him.  Having pawned his last valuables and owing the rent to his landlady Mrs. Cudahy, Jonathan and Caesar go on one last audition at a local nightclub.  But the audition is a bomb and now Jonathan is desperate.  Caesar mocks Jonathan and tells him that he is going to have to become a thief if he wants to avoid being evicted.  Caesar talks him through breaking into the local deli and stealing enough money for the rent.

But Mrs. Cudahy has a young niece Susan who dislikes Jonathan and suspects that something strange is going on with Caesar.  She eavesdrops on them talking together in their room and tries to figure out how Caesar seems to be talking.

Now Caesar tells Jonathan they need to get more money and relates a plan to rob the nightclub that they auditioned at.  Jonathan doesn’t want to do it but Caesar is adamant and they go to the club at midnight.  While escaping with the money they are caught by the night watchman but they convince him that they were there waiting for the boss.  He had seen them at the audition and believes their story so he lets them go.  That night Jonathan bewails his new career as a thief and Susan hears them talking about the robbery through the door.

The next day news of the robbery reaches Susan and she immediately calls the police to report Jonathan.  The police show up at Jonathan’s door and they tell him he’s been identified by the night watchman.  Jonathan confesses and is taken away by the police.  Susan watches Jonathan being taken away but then Caesar speaks to her.  He tells her that he knows where the stolen money is and if she will get the money and take him along he’ll show her around New York City.  She says she wants to but says her Aunt will stop her.  Caesar tells her that she can get rid of her Aunt (sounding like murder).

Regular readers of these Twilight Zone reviews know how I feel about living dummies.  But seeing how close we are to the end of the series and knowing this is the last dummy story I won’t go on and on.  The story is sort of melodramatic and Jackie Cooper plays the character as a pathetic figure.  The story is thin.  C+.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 27 – Sounds and Silences

Roswell Flemington is the owner of a company that makes model ships.  He’s a former sailor who shouts and rings bells and plays records of naval battles at sound levels high enough to shake the plaster from the ceiling.  He constantly harangues his employees in nautical terms and at full volume to run a taut ship (in a manner of speaking).  Next we meet Mrs. Flemington just as she is telling her husband that after twenty years of noise, she is leaving him to escape the insanity.

Roswell embraces her departure but as she leaves, he suddenly becomes hypersensitive to sound.  Even a dripping faucet becomes as loud as a gong.  Roswell goes to his doctor but the medical man declares his ears perfectly normal.  He sarcastically recommends a psychiatrist and after running out of other options that is where Roswell goes.  The psychiatrist attributes Flemington’s problem to an anxiety problem associated with his mother’s dislike of noise when he was a child and the transference of this anxiety to his relationship with his wife.  The psychiatrist convinces him that the malady is completely psychosomatic and once Flemington believes him the problem goes away.

When Roswell gets home, he finds his wife preparing to leave and just for spite he tells her that he has discovered that he can shut out his wife’s voice from his mind merely by willing it.  He attempts it and finds it true.  In the final scene he decides to celebrate by playing one of his recordings of a naval bombardment at full volume.  But although we can see the furniture shaking from the sound Roswell can hear nothing.  He has permanently shut himself off from sound completely.

Roswell is played by John McGiver, a well-known character actor of the time with a very distinctive voice.  He and Penny Singleton (who was the voice of George Jetson’s wife Jane, among other things) who plays his wife Lydia give the material everything they’ve got.  But let’s face it.  This is not much of a plot to work with.  There are some comical moments so I’ll be kind and say B-.

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 26 – I Am the Night—Color Me Black

In a small town in the Midwest Sheriff Charlie Koch is getting up to go to work.  His wife Ella criticizes him for getting up in the middle of the night but he tells her that even though it’s pitch dark outside, it’s morning.  He tells her to have breakfast ready for a condemned prisoner named Jagger who is being hanged that morning.

When Charlie gets to the jail Deputy Pierce remarks on how strange it is for it to be so dark at eight o-clock in the morning.  Pierce is upbeat about the hanging but is upbraided by the local newspaper owner Colbey for having perjured himself by lying about powder burns he had seen on the victim.  And Colbey indicts himself and Koch for not doing more to bring the facts to the attention of the court.  We also hear that Jagger killed a “bigot” who burned crosses on lawns.  We are led to believe that maybe it was self-defense.

Colbey goes in to talk to Jagger.  He asks Jagger if he wants to talk to a priest but Jagger says he doesn’t believe in God.  Jagger tells Colbey that all he feels is fear and anger.

At the scaffold a crowd assembles to watch the hanging.  Reverend Anderson a black man asks Jagger if he enjoyed shooting the victim and Jagger says he did.  Then Anderson tells the crowd that Jagger was guilty.  Jagger rebukes him.  But based on what Anderson says the guilt he is talking about is not legal guilt for murder but guilt for the sin of hate.  Jagger jeers at the crowd and tells them that he will choke and dance for them but he won’t ask for forgiveness.

Jagger is hanged and it gets even darker until the crowd says they can’t see almost anything.  Reverend Anderson theorizes that the blackness is hate and that the crowd has so much of it that they can’t hold it in anymore so it is escaping into the air and enveloping the whole town.

The sheriff, deputy and newspaperman return to the jail and Pierce tries to encourage them by claiming that any minute now the fog will break up and the sun will emerge as bright as ever.  Colbey turns on the radio and we hear that other dark spots are appearing at especially hateful places around the world.  The radio mentions the north of Vietnam, a street in Dallas, Texas, a prison in Hungary, Birmingham, Alabama and the Berlin Wall.

Rod Serling was a pretty straight forward progressive.  So naturally his convictions show up in his work.  But only in a few episodes does he let it get out of control.  Unfortunately, this is one of those.  The litany of straw man moments is long.  The man Jagger killed was a cross-burning bigot who intimidated black people.  The perjured deputy, the cowardly sheriff and newspaperman.  The death penalty claiming an innocent man.  The crowd baying for blood at the foot of the gallows.

The episode is not without artistic and storytelling merit.  In fact, if it had just been evenhanded, I think it would have made its point.  No one can deny that the world is full to overflowing with hate.  We all feel it and suffer from its effects.  But Serling always points the finger of blame at those he sees as his political enemies, namely the non-progressives.  It’s his default move.

In deference to the competent acting I’m going with a C.  If I were judging it on honesty the grade would be much lower.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 25 – The Masks

Jason Foster is a wealthy old man living in New Orleans but not for much longer.  When we meet him his family physician is informing him that he has at most hours to live.  Foster tells the doctor that he will force himself to live until midnight.  It is Fat Tuesday and Foster has invited his daughter and her husband, son and daughter to spend the night with him.  They have come from Boston because they fully expect him to die and they are in a rush to inherit his estate.

His daughter Emily is a whining hypochondriac completely immersed in concerns for her own health.  Her husband Wilfred is a cold calculating businessman with no love for anything but money.  Their daughter Paula is a vain, selfish young woman with no patience for anything and only interested in her own appearance in her mirror.  Wilfred Junior is a hulking sulking lout who we hear repeatedly enjoys torturing insects.

When told that they will need to spend the Mardi Gras sitting around Foster’s living room wearing hideous masks they revolt and refuse but Foster informs them that they must wear the masks till midnight or they will forfeit their inheritance.  This of course changes their minds.  Foster tells them that the grotesque masks are the opposite of their true personalities but of course by his descriptions you hear that he is revealing the masks as their true selves.  Foster also wears a mask and it is the skull, the face of death.  By the last few minutes the masquerade becomes unbearable and they complain bitterly about wearing the masks.  But finally midnight strikes on the clock and Foster informs them that he is dying and they will all be very wealthy.  He slumps in his chair and after checking for his pulse Wilfred Senior removes his mask and the other three react in horror.  Wilfred’s face has changed to look remarkably similar to his mask.  And the same is the case for the other three.

The doctor is called by the servants and removes the death’s head mask from Foster but he looks normal and as remarked by the doctor death is without horror only providing peace.

Ida Lupino, a very famous actress and later in her career one of the only Holywood Golden Era actresses who did much directing, directed this episode.  It’s a transparent plot and telegraphed from the beginning.  But, in my opinion, it’s one of the best Twilight Zone episodes.  Good work Serling.  A+

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 24 – What’s in the Box

Joe Britt (played by the irascible William Demarest) is a New York City cab driver.  He and his wife Phyllis (played by the always entertaining Joan Blondell) are thoroughly sick and tired of being married to each other.  She is always accusing him of running around on her behind her back and he constantly complains about her cooking and bad attitude.

On the night in question, Joe has just finished his dinner that he said tasted like corrugated plastic and Phyllis tells him it was that way because he was so late coming home from running around with some floozy.  Meanwhile the television repairman (played by the always loopy Sterling Holloway) is busy in the living room plying his trade.  Joe comes in and accuses him of padding the bill and in general being a crook.  The repairman smiles and tells him that the tv is now fixed and that there won’t be any charge.

Joe starts watching the wrestling match but suddenly the picture changes to a recent scene in Joe’s life where he is talking to some woman, he’s having an affair with.  Joe is shocked and tells Phyllis there’s something wrong with the tv and she has to call the repairman back to fix it.  While she is back in the kitchen Joe turns the set on again and this time, he sees the earlier scene between himself and Phyllis where he complained about the dinner.  As Joe continues to complain about the television set Phyllis begins to think that Joe is seriously ill and she calls a doctor.

When Joe looks at the tv again he sees a scene where he and Phyllis have physical brawl with him pushing her down and her smashing a ceramic sculpture over his head.  Finally, after more blows are exchanged Joe punches Phyllis in the face and she flies backward and out the window to the pavement several floors below.  Joe collapses in stunned disbelief and Phyllis helps him to bed.

The doctor attends to Joe and afterward tells Phyllis that Joe is hallucinating and she should get him to a psychiatrist.  When he leaves Joe calls Phyllis to his bedside and begins to tell her about his affair and declares his love for Phyllis.  She flies into a rage and berates him and packs her clothes to leave.  While this is happening, Joe sees another scene on the tv.  He sees himself in a law court being sentenced to death for killing Phyllis.  When he sees this, he once again collapses to the floor but instead of pitying him Phyllis mocks him over and over, laughing hysterically that it must be his floozy he sees on the screen.

Joe snaps.  He punches his hand through the tv picture tube and with bleeding knuckles he recreates his assault on Phyllis that we saw earlier on the tv.  And sure enough, she ends up falling out the window to her death.  In the final scene the police and neighbors crowd into his apartment and Joe is arrested and hauled away.  As he is leaving the tv repairman shows up and asks Joe to recommend his service to others.

I love this episode.  It’s wonderfully absurd and contains marvelously over the top overacting by some real old pros.  The War of the Sexes at its level best.  A-.

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 23 – Queen of the Nile

Jordan Herrick is a newspaper columnist who is on an assignment to interview a famous actress Pamela Morris whose greatest role was as the queen in the film “Queen of the Nile.”  When he arrives, the maid shows him into the house which is filled with ancient Egyptian sculptures.  Here he sees a painting of the actress signed by the artist and dated 1940 (twenty-four years before).  Next he is escorted out to the swimming pool where the actress is swimming.  Pamela welcomes him and Jordan attempts to find out Pamela’s age.  When she tells him, she is thirty-eight he reminds her of the portrait dated 1940 which would have made her fourteen at the time the painting.  But the painting is of an obviously mature woman.  Pamela replies that she was precocious.  There is obviously chemistry between the two of them and Jordan asks if they can meet again and she agrees to tomorrow night at 8 pm.  But when he is leaving a woman whom Pamela has introduced as her mother tells Jordan that actually she is Pamela’s daughter.

During the date Jordan tells Pamela what the old woman said but Pamela explains that since an accident that killed Pamela’s father, her mother has been mentally disturbed.  They agree to see each other again the next night but after he leaves Jordan calls up his editor and tries to get more information on Pamela.  He finds out that a theater that she admitted to playing had been demolished in the 1920s and that the actress, Constance Taylor, that played in a silent era version of “Queen of the Nile” looked exactly like Pamela Morris.  And Taylor had disappeared in a mysterious cave-in during filming in Egypt.

When he arrives at Pamela’s house, he shows his evidence to Pamela’s “mother” and is told that all of it is true and that Pamela is dangerous and Jordan should leave.  But Jordan refuses, saying he wants to find out the truth of this amazing story.  When Jordan confronts her, she agrees to tell him everything but first she adds a powder to his coffee while he isn’t looking.  While he is drinking it, she goes over to a potted plant and retrieves a little glass box and brings it over to Jordan.  Jordan is already feeling the effects of the drug Pamela put in his drink but he still has the concentration to ask her about the box.  She tells him it contains a living scarab beetle that she got from a Pharaoh of ancient Egypt.  But at this point he collapses to the floor and when Pamela sets the beetle on his bare chest he ages instantly and goes from a very old man to a skeleton and finally into a pile of powder spilling out of his clothes on the living room floor.  Pamela scoops up the scarab and holding it breast absorbs the life force that she has stolen from Jordan.  The old lady comes in and upbraids her for her murder but is threatened with death by Pamela and retreats.

Finally, another young man shows up at the house and we are to assume that Pamela will go through the same sequence with him.

Okay, so this is a transparent plot that everybody has figured out two minutes in.  And the acting isn’t anything to write home about.  But having the old woman tell us that she is the younger woman’s daughter was kind of fun.  And even thought the special effects are pretty crummy I kind of liked this one.  B.