Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Norliss Tapes (1973)

3 / 5 Nov '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Written by: William F. Nolan, Fred Mustard Stewart
Actors include: Angie Dickenson, Roy Thinnes, Don Porter
Genre: Horror
Length: 72 minutes
Banned: Nope

Well considering this was brought to us by the same fellow who made The Night Stalker (Dan Curtis) this was rather dull. It was a failed TV pilot that was to be about a writer named Norliss who was busy making tapes to document his journey into disproving the supernatural and the like. Of course somehow something happened and the writer has disappeared so this tv movie is based around the first tape. This particular journey (and the only one I believe) is about a woman (Angie Dickinson) who sees her dead husband kill her dog. It's got to do with ancient scarabs, a magical ring, a blood sculpture vampire/zombies and immortality. None of it is scary, the effects are simply painting a guy purple...that means he's dead and frightening? Not quite. Also the boring melodrama and awful narration (read like film noir from the tape) made it even tougher to bear. At the end of the film yes it made sense and everything and they did do a reasonable job of establishing what would have been the show. Yet this opener was so lame I'd have never tuned in to watch another sadly.

Availability:  On DVD

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