PAUL BRYAN'S JOURNAL
From the diary about this episode:
Saturday - Sunday, May 7 - 8
After spending the day reading and talking on the phone from the “safe apartment” provided by the General's security man, I wandered down the hall where a party was going on.
As far as I was able to judge (and confirmed by a quick phone call to Farley), the other inhabitants of the apartments were all known, ordinary people.
One of them was a girl named Jenny who kept coming on to me all evening. What was a gentleman to do? She was OK, but one of the other guests was definitely not ordinary.
Convinced that he was someone well-known to the other people at the party, I accompanied Jenny to his house. Maybe it was the idea of having to go back to that lonely apartment for another long day.
This guy, Harry Blunt, promised to offer us a haunted house right out of Edgar Allen Poe, and though figuring him harmless and more talk than anything, I still thought the intrigued Jenny shouldn't go with him alone.
How right I was. He turned out to be deeply disturbed, and virtually held us prisoner in the house, as he tried to spook us from the attic. Jenny was terrified, but I was only angry, and determined to get the best of this prankster.
However, as the night progressed, it became obvious that Harry was really the one who was terrorized. Although he held his brother in a perversely subjugated role, the long-oncoming breakdown happened before our eyes when he cracked up entirely.
Harry had been brutalized by a father who ended up hanging himself and making sure his son would find the body. I can just imagine what would have happened if Jenny had gone there alone.
While not the best preparation for the week ahead, having gone through the bogus baptism of fire via Harry's inept horror show, I feel that much stronger to take on the mob who killed my friend.
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Review: Run For Your Life is now getting into the character-based episodes the series was most noted for.
All that went wrong was the title which left the audience expecting something far more scary and much less intellectual. A real shame as this gave off false signals for what was really a psychological drama, not the tale of a haunted house.
Fine performances all round, building suspense and thoroughly sympathetic characters made this a solid, if not tasty episode.
Director of Photography
John L. Russell A.S.C.
Howard E. Johnson
John McCartey &
Melvin N. Metcalfe, Sr.
Color by Pathe
Editorial Dept. Head
David J. O'Connell
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Paul is at a crowded party, and when kissing Jenny in a corner, is interrupted by Harry Blunt with an overdramatic speech.
By the end of the evening there are only five people left, one being Harry talking about spirits, and irritating the two girls he's known for some while. Then he starts speaking about a haunted house an hour or so away, as well as the grisly story of the owner who hanged himself after being persecuted by neighbors.
Only Jenny is interested and she prepares to leave with Harry, but Sue, once involved with Harry, tells Paul to go with them. Harry welcomes him, saying a man who thinks life is rational might get a shock when he finds it isn't. When they are at the house Harry makes frequent references to his strict and cruel father, and points out the hook from which he hanged himself. He does everything to make things seem spooky, with references of terror to come. Eventually, Jenny becomes frightened, and asks to leave. Though Paul remains somewhat intrigued, he feels it best to take her home.
But Harry says that he hid the key to the car, and it will be almost impossible for them to find their way back to the main road, especially in the dark, heavy rain and lightening. Paul hits Harry in hopes of getting the key, and when Jenny says this has restored her equilibrium,Paul goes out to see if he can hot-wire Harry's car. When they are alone, Harry continues to taunt the somewhat restored Jenny. But she breaks down again quickly when he talks about pouncing on her, kisses her against her will, and ominously advises that this is nothing compared with what is to come.
Unsuccessful, Paul returns, and after more menacing talk, Harry slips from the room. When Jenny says Paul isn't worried, Paul replies that he is, but doesn't think Harry is violent. Then comes the loud sound of drums and maniacal laughter from above that Harry had been speaking of at the party.
When they go upstairs to investigate, they find a teddy bear hanging from a noose on a door. Going in, they find another corridor, and when Paul goes back to track a sound, a headless thing comes running at Jenny from the other direction.
Paul takes the terrified Jenny her back downstairs. When she implies Paul might be enjoying what is going on, he replies that he would be if Harry weren't so obviously mentally sick.Jenny speaks of her bad dreams, and Paul says he wants to find out why Harry is acting as he does, theorizing that Harry is being assisted in the theatre by his brother.
In the attic, Harry is drinking again, and is approached by the sub-serviant and nervous Christopher who says that Harry has not paid him money which is owed.
Christopher says that he doesn't have enough to eat properly, and will tell all to the people downstairs if Harry doesn't pay him. His brother adds that Harry may think he's stupid, but he knows Harry will get both of them in trouble with his actions.
Harry replies, “what you learn from atrocities, disasters and meaningless deprivations, you can learn on a modest scale by a well-conducted practical joke.” He then puts on the tape of drums and laughter and breaks out himself in a maniacal laugh, calling it the sound of chaos.
Paul believes Harry to be in the attic, and he and Jenny go upstairs. Then Paul shouts upwards that he and Jenny are departing in five minutes, and that they're going to leave Harry's car in a complete wreck before they go.
Hearing this above, Harry removes the car key from his shoe, and tells his brother to go down and drive it to a location where it can't be found, and to wait there.
After taking further insults, Christopher proceeds downstairs, only to be grabbed and trapped by Paul
Paul shouts at him angrily. Christopher is submissive and frightened, and says that he wanted to talk to them, and was only going to drive the car away for Harry. Paul demands and receives the car key. Christopher then describes his situation - the house empty since his father's death, his living in a nearby cottage, collecting rents for Harry from land tenants, but not getting due pay. He says Harry's intention is to “pounce” them, a term used by their sadistic father when he was out to beat Harry mercilessly with his riding crop. Paul asks if that means to frighten them, but Christopher says it's much more.
Christopher confirms that their father hanged himself - just before he would have gone to jail for assault and other charges. He speaks of the terrible beatings inflicted on Harry, and how his brother would never cry. To Paul's question about whether Harry changed after his father's death, Christopher says it was like two different people, that Harry was seldom home, but nice to him when he was. When Christopher found his father dead, he phoned Harry to come, and thus he too discovered his father hanging when he walked in. “Father finally pounced Harry good,”
Christopher adds, to Jenny's growing horror as she listens, “now Harry likes to pounce people. He's like father now.”
Paul says that he wants to get Harry out of the attic, and asks what Harry might do if he went up there. Christopher says that's not a good idea, but he has a solution, and brings out a drum which he begins tapping on. From the attic comes drumming in answer.
Christopher goes into a virtual frenzy, saying that he's pouncing Harry, who will come down quietly, but Jenny is almost hysterical at the sound, so Paul interrupts.
He goes out in the hall, and shouts at Harry to come down.
They then respond to a shout of horror, and go to investigate. When Jenny sees the scene, she gives a piercing shriek as Harry says to a hanging figure that he'll never turn him into a Christopher, then repeating again and again, “I've got a soul.”
He'd hung up the dummy there to “pounce” on Jenny and Paul, the drumming being the same that Christopher did when he let Harry find his dead father.