The Strange and Deadly Occurrence
John Llewellyn Moxey
Robert Stack, Vera Miles, L.Q. Jones, Herb Edelman, Dena Dietrich and Ted Gehring
REGION CODE: 0
Region All / Free DVD-R (playable worldwide)
The plot of "The Strange and Deadly Occurrence" is straightforward, but the atmosphere is unceasingly tense and there are two or three exceptionally unsettling sequences that are guaranteed to make your entire body tremble. The happy and harmonious Rhodes family has been living in their secluded but luxurious countryside mansion for a couple of months now, but lately the number of little problems increases dramatically. There are problems with the electricity and plumbing, the estate is infested with gophers, the 16-year-old daughter suffers from spooky vivid nightmares and the brand new family dog mysteriously dies in the horses' stable. Is the area haunted or does someone just really wants to chase the Rhodes family out of there, like the suspicious Dr. Gillgreen who offers to buy the house at all prices? John Llewellyn Moxey, arguably the best TV-thriller director of the era with other highlights in his repertoire such as "Nightmare in Badham County", "Where Have All the People Gone" and "The Night Stalker", keeps the pace reasonably fast and knew how to perfectly uphold the atmosphere of mystery until the very end.