Synopsis: Four friends are attacked by a demon while on a picnic, due to possession of a tome of mystic information. Told in flashbacks by the sole survivor.
Director(s): Jack Woods, Dennis Muren, Mark Thomas McGee (co-director)
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min



- Su --

- [ Flapping Sound ]

[ Man Narrating ]

Ayear ago--

Ayear ago yesterday, as a matter of fact,

they brought David Fielding to the hospital.

He'd been hit by a car when he was

yelling his head off about ''the forces of evil. ''

They were out to get him, he said.

Nutty stuff. The kind of thing that

happens to people's minds sometimes.

But when the police

started checking...

they found three bodies

and another guy was missing--

a Dr. Watermann, a kind of weirdo professor

at the university.

I covered the story for my paper...

but I couldn't come up

with any satisfactory angle.

-[ Reporter ] Is that David?

-[ Doctor ] Yes, it is.

- Where's he been?

- Electrotherapy.

He's been a complete depressive

since my first interview with him a year ago.

So, as I told you on the telephone,

I'm afraid you're in for a disappointment.

[ Reporter]

Yeah, I suppose so.

But I wanted to give it another try, see if

anything new had developed in the last year.

The case is so bizarre,

it kind of fascinates me.

And, frankly, things are kind of slow

in the news business.

What do you do

with a guy in that shape?

[ Doctor ] At this point we're looking

for anything that will elicit a response...

some reaction to give us

a starting point for therapy.

We administer

mild electric shock, stimulants.

And this little room down here,

it's something new.

I'll show you.

It has one red wall

and a light switch.

He can choose to turn the light on or off,

either face the red wall or turn his back to it.

-So, what does he do?

- He has yet to do anything ofhis own volition.

The only thing he pays any attention to

is that little cross he carries.

He got violent when the police

tried to examine the cross.

We had to put him under sedation.

Since then he's been

a complete melancholic.

If he's faking,

could he possibly get away with it?

Please, Mr. Sloan, be aware that conjectures

about illness and the human mind...

are the province

of the psychiatrist.

David, you have a visitor.

The intercom is on, Mr. Sloan.

We can hear you, if you need us.


I won't be long.

[ Door Closes ]

How are you feeling, David?

Uh, what's the, uh, cross for?

To protect you from the curse?

Dave, I've got something

to show you.

[ Gasps ]

- [ Roaring ]

- [ Screaming ]

- [ Grunts ] Hey!

- [ Alarm Ringing ]

Get-- Get him off of me!

Get him off!.

- Here. This will make you feel better.

- [ Groans ]

- I thought you said he was the quiet type.

- Yes, well, you never know.

[ David Grunting, Groaning ]


[ Grunting, Muttering ]

- All right, thank you, Nurse.

- Yes, sir.

Oh, uh, here's the cross.

Somehow I wound up with it.

My cross!

[ Grunting ]

- I hope I didn't mess up your therapy, Doc.

- We'll see.

This is the tape I made

the day after they brought David in.

- The one the cops had?

- That's right. This is a copy.

[ Tape:

June 1 8. Initial interview with David Fielding.

David, I am Dr.Johansen.

Do you remember me?

We met yesterday

down in Receiving.

Well, I'm not surprised if you don't.

You were pretty upset.

You kept insisting that someone was after you.

You said ''they''

were going to kill you.

Who are ''they, ''David?

Now, we're all here

to help you, David.

We all want to help you.

This gentleman is Detective Harris.

Hello, David.

We can't help you

if you won't let us, David.

I think you're well enough

to tell us about it.

Why don't you try?

[ Exhales ]

I --

All right.

I'll try.

I suppose...

I've got to tell someone...

even if they think I'm crazy.

How did it start, David?


I got a call from Dr. Watermann.

[Johansen ]

Who is Dr. Watermann?

[ David ]

He was my geology professor.

[Johansen ]

And why did he phone you?

[ David ]

Wanted to see me right away.

His mountain cabin.

Something important.

Jim Hudson was with me.

I asked ifhe could come along.

He said okay.

I told him we'd be there

the next afternoon.

[Johansen ] There were two girls

with you, weren't there?

Yeah.Jim's girlfriend, Vicki,

had a picnic planned.

They decided to keep it on.

Didn't tell me till the last minute.

Even had a blind date for me.

[Johansen ] So there was Jim and Vicki.

And what was your blind date's name?

[ David ]

Susan. Susan Turner.

She was just out here from New York.

I was worried

the professor wouldn't like it.

[Johansen ]

Why, David?

[ David ]

Well, he sounded so strange.

Kind of mysterious...

and, well, nervous.

[Johansen ]

Did you explain this to your friends?

[ David ]

Yeah, I told Jim.

He said the girls could wait

in the car if necessary.

We took my car

and drove into the mountains.

- Would you change that awful station, Susan.

- [ Radio.:
Frequencies Tuning ]

- [ Radio.:
Pop ]

- And then here's the shutter.

You press this button

and it takes the picture.

Last picnic you brought your camera

and then forgot all about that.

Now you've probably forgot

to load the camera.

- Uh-uh. No. Not this time.

- [ Sarcastic Chuckle ]

- [Jim ] You sure this is the right road?

- [ David ] Yeah, I think so.

- [ Radio Off]

- [ Engine Off]

[Jim ]

Looks like we took the wrong road.

Maybe we didn't.

We might have to walk to get there.

Dr. Watermann's place

is in the woods a little ways.

Why don't we walk up there

and see if we can get a Coke.

We ought to let Dave see Dr. Watermann,

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Mark Thomas McGee

Mark Thomas McGee (born 1947 in San Gabriel, California)is a screenwriter and author. Most of his movie work was for Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski. Although he played bit parts in some of these movies, he is not an actor and has been confused with a Mark McGee who actually is an actor. When he was in high school,Mark teamed with Dennis Muren and David Allen to make The Equinox...a Journey into the Supernatural, released to theaters in an altered version by producer Jack H. Harris. He is also the author of a number of books on motion pictures, mostly concerning low budget movies and their makers. He is retired and living in Palm Desert where he continues to write books.He wrote a book on Roger Corman and told Corman that he wanted to write a script for him. McGee did drafts of Sorority House Massacre II (1989) that were not used. He also wrote an un-used script for Joe Solomon and did a week's work on the script for Transylvania Twist with Jim Wynorski. He was fired at the behest of Roger Corman. However when Wynorski hired MgGee to work on the script for Hard to Die Corman did not object. more…

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