28 July 2014

Night Slaves (1970)
72 min.
Directed by Ted Post.
With James Franciscus, Lee Grant, Scott Marlowe, Andrew Prine, Tisha Sterling, Leslie Nielson, Virginia Vincent, Morris Buchanan, Cliff Carnell, Victor Izay, Richard Mayo.
Completely strange and offbeat TV offering.

Clay Howard (Franciscus) barely recovers from a near fatal car accident and decides to spend some much needed recovery time in a strange little town.

But soon Clay begins to witness bizarre happenings: namely, folks in the community are led away each night in a deadened zombie-like state.

Could it all be in his mind...or is he resistant to the goings on because of the metal plate placed in his head?

The quirky screenplay by Everett Chambers and Robert Specht is just playful enough to make the viewer as uncertain as the lead character's wife (played with a usual presence of authority by Lee Grant).

There's a good science-fiction plot twist and a nice sleepy pace which make this worth seeking out.

Based on a novel by Jerry Sohl and directed by Ted Post (1971's poignant Dr. Cook's Garden and 1973's oddball The Baby).

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