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This is real TV Horror and Suspense. Thinnes stars as David Norliss in this pilot that first aired in 1972. Norliss is a burned out investigative reporter who is writing a book exposing ghost and seance hoaxes supposedly conjuring paranormal phenomena. After a solem and horrible sounding phone call to his off guard publisher, Norliss vanishes, leaving only a stack of cassette tapes on which he's dictated his strange findings, These Are The Norliss Tapes. A wealthy widow, played fantastically by Angie Dickinson, is attacked by the crazed likeness or corpse of her recently deceased spouse, Norliss discovers a horrific case that is full of of empty crypts, blood-drained corpses and occult violence. What is the significance of an ancient and sacred Egyptian scarab? Who is sculpting a demon likeness the dead artist's private and secluded studio? What has happened to David Norliss? The horrifying answers, mystifying truth and supernatural explanation just may lay hidden in dreaded The Norliss Tapes.


Vonetta McGee (Blacula) and Claude Akins co-star in this landmark pilot produced and directed by Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker) and written by William F. Nolan (Logan's Run, Burnt Offerings) that fans still call one of the most frightening made-for-TV movies of the decade.

Cast & Crew


Don Porter

Roy Thinnes

Vonetta McGee

Angie Dickinson

Claude Akins


Dan Curtis

William Nolan



Dan Curtis



Dan Curtis

Product Information


Features Not Specified


Standard 1.33:1 Color

Audio: (more info)

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]


Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay

Production Year: 1973

Release Date: 10/3/2006


Length: 72 mins

Rating: NR

The Norliss Tapes DVD 1973 Angie Dickinson Roy Thinnes

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