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Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense - Child's Play

episode 12

UK 1984
produced by
Roy Skeggs, Brian Lawrence (executive) for Hammer/20th Century Fox
directed by Val Guest
starring Mary Crosby, Nicholas Clay, Debbie Chasan, Suzanne Church, Joanna Joseph
written by Graham Wassell, music by David Bedford

tv-series
Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Michael (Nicholas Clay), Ann (Mary Crosby) and their daughter Sarah (Debbie Chasan) find themselves trapped in their house one day, inasmuch as the house seems to be completely walled in, and all contact to the outside world is broken off. Plus, it starts to get hotter and hotter, and a weird liquid starts pouring down through the chimney. But as if that wasn't enough, Michael and Ann suddenly start to question their existence because they seem to suffer under extreme amnesia, and they realize that the logo of a company they don't even know is on everything, even tattooed onto their skin.

After numerous attempts to escape the walled in house and overcome by heat, Michael, Ann and Sarah pass out ... when a little girl (Joanna Joseph) takes her dollhouse out of the oven, where her mischievous little brother has put it, and he has also put a chocolate bar onto the dollhouse's chimney to melt and run into the house - because as it turns out, Michael, Ann and Sarah are all just robotic dolls the girl likes to play with ...

 

Enjoyably surreal episode of Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, a series that normally is not big on surrealism, and an episode in which the surprise ending is not given away way too soon (despite the title). Very possibly the best and certainly most original episode of the series.

Recommended, actually.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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