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(from John Newland's last interview, regarding this episode from "One Step Beyond").
Newland: Least favorite episode was "Blood Flower". It was a dumb, silly concept. The pits.
The episode is set in December 1777 Valley Forge the winter of despair. General Washington was in despair as he watched his army disintegrate. Conditions in the camp were horrendous. Forced to live in damp, crowded quarters, Washington's army of approximately 12,000 suffered from a lack of adequate clothing and food. Diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, typhus and pneumonia ran rampant. An estimated 2,000 died. Morale plummeted.
Takes place at the Frontier town of Port Williams on the Western Seacoast of Canada jumping off place for the great lumber forests to the far northern gold country.
The number on the wing of the plane that comes thru the roof is N-5227-K.
The real Margaret North appears at the end of the episode, which was later refilmed as the pilot for the sequel TV series The Next Step Beyond.
Psychometry means the faculty of obtaining paranormal knowledge of persons or events connected with a physical article by holding the object, which may be concealed by wrapper.
Experiments with Hurkos conducted by Dr. Andrija Puharich in the 1950's indicated that under a special laboratory set-up in a double Farady cage, in which the outer cage was electrified with a resonating current, Hurkos's abilities at telepathy became extremely enhanced.
The Peter Hurkos Story was removed from the One Step Beyond catalogue when Peter Hurkos who was unhappy with the final result threathened a lawsuit. The two-part episode was released in Europe as a theatrical film.
This episode was later remade for FOX's short-lived 90s anthology series Ghost Stories (hosted by Rip Torn) as the episode 'Landscape of Lost Dreams,' with several notable differneces. For example, in 'Landscape of Lost Dreams,' the woman disappears into a painting, not a house. However, much of the dialogue from 'Vanishing Point' has been left intact in 'Landscape of Lost Dreams.'
Lincoln dreamed that he woke up in the White House to the sound of sobbing and was told by a guard that the President had been killed. Lincoln also had a recurring dream in which he was drifting away in a boat to an unknown shore. He described his dream to members of his cabinet several hours before he was assassinated.
Alfred Ryder appeared in the season 1 episode The Devil's Laughter.
This episode has an extreme film noir style to it. It's psychological impact of a brutal crime is so tangible and horrific that you can't believe what just happened.
Bilocation is an ancient phenomenon. It is claimed to have been experienced, and even practiced by will, by mystics, ecstatics, saints, monks, holy persons, and magical adepts. Several Christian saints and monks were adapt at bilocation such as St. Anthony of Padua, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Severus of Ravenna, and Padre Pio of Italy. In 1774, St. Alphonsus Maria de'Ligouri was seen at the bedside of the dying Pope Clement XIV, when in fact the saint was confined to his cell in a location that was a four-day journey away.
Celia, the woman who plays the landlady, is the same woman who played the head of the Vulcans on the original Star Trek series episode "Amok Time."
Barbara, who played the teacher, is also well known in musical theater for singing the song "A Trip to the Library" in the musical "She Loves Me."
Light From Beyond was written by Clark Ashton Smith published in 1933.
Joe the Bartender charges Paul a dollar and a half for a double bourbon on the rocks. Bourbon was born over 200 years ago in the hollows of Kentucky.
Paul Martin mentions the German Luger Pistol to the Bartender. The design was patented by Georg Luger in 1898 and produced by German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) starting in 1900 and was used in both World War I and World War II.
The Ouija Board was patented on October 26, 1920.
(from John Newland's last interview regarding this episode from "One Step Beyond")
John Newland: I liked "The Devil's Laughter" [a story about a criminal who kept escaping the noose by luck]. The story was good, I liked Alfred Ryder's performance, and felt engaged by the storyline.
The Flanders referred to in this episode is the overlapping parts of modern Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The Vlaanderen (Dutch-Flemish) literally means Flooded Land or lowland and the name first appeared in the 8th century.