Thriller

Season 1 Episode 35

Dark Legacy

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 30, 1961 on NBC
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Dark Legacy
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The patriarch of a family of magicians dies and leaves his nephew his book of secrets - and it is indeed a dark legacy involving satanic spirits and black magic.

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  • Ilka wants to be sedated

    7.5
    This one has a nicely off-kilter, eerie mood throughout, and the "glowing eyes" demon was a spooky touch the first time around (although it did come off a bit hokey in a later scene). Unfortunately though, this episode is marred greatly by Windish's constant fits of overblown hysteria throughout. You find yourself quickly going from "Hm, this is getting pretty creepy" to "Oh, shut the hell up, will ya?!"
  • The Most Underrated THRILLER Episode?

    9.9
    Possibly the most underrated THRILLER episode, "Dark Legacy" is among the most atmospheric and one of the few genuinely frightening examples of this show. The Harry Townes character feels compelled to use his ancestor's book black magic to call forth a demon from the beyond. There are some truly disturbing scenes, in particular one involving a dog. The appearance of the demon or evil spirit is pretty chilling and convincing. Harry Townes is very good as usual, this is one of his best TV appearances. Also excellent is Henry Silva as a skeptical friend. Unlike many THRILLERS, this one doesn't get bogged down in dialog. Don't dismiss this creepy episode.moreless
Harry Townes

Harry Townes

Mario Asparos/Radan

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Ilka Windish

Ilka Windish

Monica Asparos

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Richard Hale (II)

Richard Hale (II)

Lars Eisenhart

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