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Encounter with the Unknown (1972)

Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother ... See full summary »

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Harry Thomason
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Ginnaven ... Father Duane (as Bob Ginnaven)
Gary Brockette ... Frank Cameron
John Leslie ... Randy Powell
Tom Haywood Tom Haywood ... Dave Terrell
Fran Franklin ... Mrs. Davis
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Brother Taylor (as Jim Harrell)
John Cissne ... Johnny Davis
Mary Jane Wilson ... Mrs. Wilson
Lyle Armstrong Lyle Armstrong ... Second Priest
Charles Rumph Charles Rumph ... Student
Kevin Bieberly ... Jess
Annabelle Weenick ... Mother
Robert Holton Robert Holton ... Joe
Frank Schaefer Frank Schaefer ... Barber
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Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother forecasts the deaths of the three young men she holds responsible, on 7, 14, and 21 days hence. And, one by one, her grim predictions come true. Next, a ghoulish sound emanates from a mist-shrouded hole in the Earth near where a Missouri boy has lost his dog. The boy's father is lowered into the hole and lets out an agonizing scream! Finally, a senator returning home from a party finds a lost girl on a bridge and learns from her father that she died years earlier! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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An incredible journey into the supernatural.

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG
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Trivia

The film has two narrators. Rod Serling does voice over introductions to the three stories, but the opening and closing narration is by someone else. See more »

Goofs

The opening of the film has a roll up of text on screen, like Star Wars and many films do. A narrator, not Rod Serling, is reading the words you see on screen, but about halfway through the roll what the narrator is reading and what is on screen are totally different. One or the other must be from a wrong draft of the script. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Davis: Listen you well to my word. One by land, two by sky. Look to the heptagon for it is there. Seven times around go the three of you and may your reward be just and true.
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Connections

Referenced in Horror Hotel: Encounter with the Unknown (2019) See more »

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Sleepy Shores
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Composed and Performed by Johnny Pearson
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Serling not at his best.
11 November 2004 | by pdthorneSee all my reviews

Encounter with the Unknown is an anthology of supernatural stories revolving around events which are purported to have actually happened. We have Rod Serling's testimony to that fact, which in the mid-1970's was good enough.

It's Night Gallery meets Legend of Boggy Creek. When Encounter with the Unknown really ramps-up it isn't half bad. But when it's bad, it's really frickin' awful. You fans of bad cinema will eat it up. All of your favorite low-budget elements are here; terrible acting, abysmal dialog, amateurish sound and dubbing, grubby set design and costuming, and best of all, the master of ceremonies, Serling, "phoning it in" as only he could do at the very end of his tenure.

The stories are not really bad at all. This film, had it had the budget it needed would be have been a classic. But it wasn't and so now it struggles to keep the chills coming and laughs to a minimum.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontros com o Desconhecido See more »

Filming Locations:

Little Rock, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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