The Evil Touch (1973 series)
Weekly anthology series consisting of stories involving tales of murder and mayhem involving ghosts, monsters, witchcraft, possession and other supernatural subjects.
- Release Date: 1973
- Country/Language: US/Australia, English
- Genres/Technical: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Anthology
- Runtime: (generally formatted for a 30-minute commercial television slot)
- Starring: (various), hosted by Anthony Quayle
- Director: Mende Brown
- Writer: (various)
- Producer/Production Co: NBC, Mende Brown, Amalgamated Pictures Australasia, Ololoa Productions Australia
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- Rated: (not rated) (equivalent of a TV-PG for mild, TV-friendly Violence and veiled Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- s____ (One Half Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian, at best)
Not very much in this anthology show could be considered "Lovecraftian"; see the list of Suggested Episodes below for the "least non-Lovecraftian" examples.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
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Synopses of Sample Episodes
- "A Game of Hearts" - A story about a surgeon who is haunted by a reanimated corpse after he uses the heart of a murder victim in a transplant. (Starring Darren McGavin, and said to resemble an episode of Kolchak: the Night Stalker (1975 series)....)
- "Dr. McDermitt's New Patients" - In need of new patients, a strange doctor and his even stranger sister resort to robbing graves at a local cemetery.
- "Seeing Is Believing" - An actor in a horror movie is chagrined when he learns that he has managed to summon a real monster to the set of his latest picture.
- "Dear Beloved Monster" - A Nobel Prize-winning scientist's recent experiments make him an unwitting accomplice to murder. Professor Jonathan Slater works and manipulates DNA, he is a brilliant scholar. Near his lake house, three people have died under strange circumstances and their bodies were never retrieved.
- "The Trial" - A ruthless developer is put on trial by a "family" of sideshow freaks for bulldozing the circus to make way for a condominium, and thus destroying the place the family calls home - a family he was once part of.
- "The Voyage" - A rich couple buys the old sailing ship Endeavor after it spent 70 years in dry dock. Captain Palmer, who's aboard with his wife and another couple, puts everyone on edge with what he reads in the ship's logs. The Endeavor is a malevolent "death ship" that has killed most of the passengers on its previous voyages. The vessel inexplicably shudders, rattles its chains, and charts its own course.
- "They" - A lecturer on over-population and his son are traveling through a British seaside town on vacation when they run afoul of an eerie cult of murderous children with plans for doing away with adults....
- "Wings of Death" - The Webbers' dream vacation in Central America becomes a nightmare when their son, Scott, disappears off of a rural roadside merry-go-round. The strange couple that runs the attraction are of no help, nor is the police captain, who also disappears. Someone who doesn't want them to find their son runs the couple's car off the highway. On foot, they stumble upon a ghost town where they find their son. He's on an altar, about to be sacrificed by a strange bird-worshiping cult.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
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- "Seeing is Believing" - An actor hires the investigators to help after he somehow summons a real monster to the set of his latest picture.
- "Dear Beloved Monster" - Hilarity ensues after the reanimated corpses of the victims of a modern-day Herbert West rise from the grave.
- "The Trial" - A ruthless developer desperately contacts the investigators when his freakish "family" persue him so they can place him on secret trial for bulldozing their home to make way for a condominium/factory/golf-course/subdivision/etc. (The family might be any of the usual collection of quasi-human Lovecraftian monsters, such as Deep Ones or Ghouls; their home could be any appropriate location in Innsmouth, Dunwich, etc.)
- "The Voyage" - While following a lead in a larger campaign, the investigators find themselves sailing or attending a party on board a haunted "Death Ship" renovated by their rich hosts, after the captain discovers the ship's log and reveals its contents. (Alternatively, a new group of investigators is hired by the rich hosts to investigate the renovated ship, The Corbitt, after workers, passengers, and crew members experience strange things aboard it....)
- "They" - A famous lecturer and his family vanish while traveling through Innsmouth, and the investigators are hired to try to find them; the search-and-rescue mission turns into a fight for survival when the investigation reveals the involvement of a sinister cult of creepy kids, survivors of the Innsmouth Incident....
- "Wings of Death" - Some Weird West investigators dig into a series of mysterious disappearances, and the clues point to a virtual ghost town whose savage, degenerate inhabitants sacrifice human victims as part of their strange Thunderbird-worshiping cult.