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Monday, August 25, 2014

Thriller: The Return of Andrew Bentley (1961)

Season 2, Episode 12

When you start with a script by Richard Matheson [I Am Legend], you know it’s going to be really great.  Such is the case with this very serious and dark episode of Thriller.  The story begins with Uncle Amos, a practitioner of the dark arts, who kills himself after securing his nephew Ellis’ promise to guard his tomb against nefarious forces.

Terence de Marney [Monster of Terror] is fantastic as Amos.  Even his physical appearance is a little bit crazed.  John Newland [Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Dr. Kildare], who also directed this episode, plays Eliis who is a bit aristocratic and snobbish.  Newland gets every aspect of this character right.

I won’t tell you how the story works itself out because that’s the fun of this Thriller episode.  The Return of Andrew Bentley is a bit darker than some of the other episodes that often have a sense of humor and playfulness to them.  This one is straight up horror and is very effective in establishing a mood of dread and sustaining it to the end.

I can’t recommend it enough.  It’s just another reason why Thriller may be the finest horror series to ever grace the small screen.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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