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Saturday, July 2, 2016

The House of Dies Drear (1984, TV Movie)


This eerie ghost story with a twist reaches back o the days of slavery and underground railroads. Spooky antics begin when a modern-day black family moves into a historic old house that seems to be haunted by murdered abolitionist Dies Drear. Dramatic special effects help build suspense as Walter Small and his son Thomas seek to discover the secrets of the legendary haunted house. Featuring an award-winning cast: Oscar nominee Howard Rollins, Jr. (Ragtime, A Soldiers Story), Emmy nominee Moses Gunn (Roots), Shavar Ross (Booker, Different Strokes), and Joe Seneca (A Time to Kill, Malcolm X ).  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Poor Devil (1973)

  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Christopher Lee
  • Jack Klugman
A bumbling assistant to Satan (Sammy Davis Jr.) hasn't gotten a soul for him for 1400 years. He gets one last chance when he's assigned get the soul of a down and out retail department store accountant (Jack Klugman).

It's easy to see why this was not picked up as a series. The best performance is by Adam West, who gleefully plays the villain.

All that's memorable about this pilot is historical. You see outdoor scenes in San Francisco, and the clothing of the time. In this pilot a character is trying to get in touch with the underworld, and starts to phone the Church of Satan downtown. Satan (a youthful-looking Christopher Lee) uses the upside-down pentagram, with horns on it. The 2 fingered sign of Satan with a twist of the wrist, enables a devil to disappear.

Sammy Davis who plays a devil was for a time a member of the Church of Satan. He socialized with the LaVeys and wore his Church of Satan medallion in public.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Kid With The Broken Halo (1982, TV Movie)

Watch out world! Ready or not, here comes Andy LeBeau. It's Heaven's answer to the celestial question: What do you do with a wayward, wisecracking 12-year-old angel who's in and out of trouble so often that he's more in need of a guardian than most of the poor humans he's supposed to be watching over? Andy's exasperated teacher wants to send him to the "other place." But a higher authority intervenes, and Andy is given one last chance to earn his wings. And how he goes about it provides light-hearted, whimsical, angelic entertainment for the entire family.