Hosted by Boris Karloff
Guest Stars: Rip Torn, Patricia Barry, Richard Anderson, Alan Napier, Ray Teal
Directed by Douglas Heyes
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)
After inheriting an old mansion, a young man is eager to sell it for a profit, but must first spend the night in a room said to be haunted by ghosts.
The first installment into horror territory for the series, but far from the last, this is a well-designed episode by Heyes who wrote and directed, and even casts his wife in a small role. With the production setting up all the exposition about the ghosts in early dialogue scenes, this allows for a lengthy sequence with Torn alone in the spooky mansion where the silence on the soundtrack builds suspense and chills. When Torn finally encounters the ghost, it's a pretty expert makeup which provides a strong payoff, before the story goes in an entirely different direction.
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