Eyewitness (1970 film)
Eyewitness is a 1970 British drama film directed by John Hough. The film is a British adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's novelette "The Boy Cried Murder" cinematized under name The Window. Ziggy, a boy of about twelve, is an accidental witness to a killing on a Mediterranean island, after which he is attacked himself, he goes on the run with his older sister, helped by their grandfather. Mark Lester as Ziggy Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa Susan George as Pippa Jeremy Kemp as Inspector Galleria Peter Vaughan as Paul Grazzini Tony Bonner as Tom Jones Betty Marsden as Madame Robiac Peter Bowles as Victor Grazzini Joseph Furst as Local Police Sergeant David Lodge as Local Policeman John Hough, who had made the film Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood, learned that Bryan Forbes had taken over EMI Films and was interested in young filmmakers, he showed him his film at Forbes's office in Elstree. Forbes had a script called Eyewitness and gave the film to Irving Allen to make and Paul Maslanksy to produce.
Hough was assigned a produced by Bryan Forbes. Forbes did some uncredited rewriting of the script; the film was shot in Malta although in the movie the name of the nation is not given and the flag and coat of arms shown are different from Malta's. The film is the third of four versions of the story; the others are: The Window The Boy Cried Murder Cloak & Dagger Eyewitness on IMDb
The Howling (film)
The Howling is a 1981 American horror film directed by Joe Dante and starring Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Robert Picardo. Based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner, the film follows a television newswoman sent to a remote mountain resort after a near fatal incident with a serial killer, unaware that the residents are werewolves; the film was released on April 10, 1981 and became a moderate success, grossing $17.9 million at the box office. It received positive reviews, with praise for the makeup special effects by Rob Bottin; the film won the 1980 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film while still in development, was one of the three high-profile wolf-themed horror films released in 1981, alongside An American Werewolf in London and Wolfen. Over the years, The Howling has accumulated a cult following, its financial success aided Dante's career, prompted Warner Bros. to hire Dante and Michael Finnell for Gremlins. A franchise consisting of seven sequels arose from the film's success.
Karen White is a Los Angeles television news anchor, being stalked by a serial murderer named Eddie Quist. In cooperation with the police, she takes part in a scheme to capture Eddie by agreeing to meet him in a sleazy porno theater. Eddie forces Karen to watch a video of a young woman being raped, when Karen turns around to see Eddie she screams; the police enter and shoot Eddie, although Karen is safe, she suffers amnesia. Her therapist, Dr. George Waggner, decides to send her and her husband, Bill Neill, to the "Colony", a secluded resort in the countryside where he sends patients for treatment; the Colony is filled with strange characters, one, a sultry nymphomaniac named Marsha Quist, tries to seduce Bill. When he resists her unsubtle sexual overtures, he is attacked and scratched on the arm by a werewolf while returning to his cabin. After Bill's attack, Karen summons her friend Terri Fisher to the Colony, Terri connects the resort to Eddie Quist through a sketch he left behind. Karen begins to suspect that Bill is hiding a secret far more threatening than marital infidelity.
That night, Bill meets Marsha at a campfire in the woods. While having sex in the moonlight, they undergo a frightening transformation into werewolves. While investigating the next morning, Terri is attacked by a werewolf in a cabin, though she escapes after cutting the monster's hand off with an ax, she runs to Wagner's office and places a phone call to her boyfriend, Chris Halloran, alerted about the Colony's true nature. While on the phone with Chris, Terri looks for files on Eddie Quist; when she finds Eddie in the file cabinet, she is attacked by Eddie in werewolf form, is killed when she is bitten on the jugular vein. Chris sets off for the Colony armed with silver bullets. Karen is confronted by the resurrected Eddie Quist once again, Eddie transforms himself into a werewolf in front of her. In response, Karen flees; as Chris arrives at the Colony, he is confronted by the horribly disfigured Eddie, fatally shot by Chris with a silver bullet when he attempts to transform. However, it turns out everyone in the Colony is a werewolf and can shapeshift at will, without the need of a full moon.
Karen and Chris burn the Colony to the ground. Karen resolves to warn the world about the existence of werewolves, surprises her employers by launching into her warnings during a live television news broadcast. To prove her story, she herself transforms into a werewolf, having become one after being bitten at the Colony by Bill, she is shot by Chris in front of a live viewing audience, the world is left to wonder whether the transformation and shooting happened or if it was the work of special effects. Marsha, who escaped the Colony herself, sits at a bar with a man while watching the news broadcast, orders a rare burger after Karen's display cuts to a commercial break. Though the film has been noted for its semi-humorous screenplay, it was adapted from a more straightforward novel by Gary Brandner, first published in 1977. After drafts by Jack Conrad and Terence H. Winkless proved unsatisfactory, director Joe Dante hired John Sayles to rewrite the script; the two had collaborated before on Dante's 1978 film Piranha.
Sayles rewrote the script with the same self-aware, satirical tone that he gave Piranha, his finished draft bears only a vague resemblance to Brandner's book. However, Winkless still received a co-writer's credit along with Sayles for his work on the screenplay; the cast featured a number of recognizable character actors such as Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Kenneth Tobey and Slim Pickens, many of whom appeared in genre films themselves. Additionally, the film was full of in-joke references. Roger Corman makes a cameo appearance as a man standing outside a phone booth, as does John Sayles, appearing as a morgue attendant and James Murtaugh as one of the members of the Colony. Forrest J. Ackerman appears in a brief cameo in an occult bookstore, clutching a copy of his magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland; the Howling was notable for its special effects, which were state-of-the-art at the time. The transformation scenes were created by Rob Bottin, who had worked with Dante on Piranha. Rick Baker was the original effects artist for the film, but left the production to work on the John Landis film An American Werewolf in London, handing over the effects work to Bottin.
Bottin's most celebrated effect was the on-screen transformation of Eddie Quist, which involved air bladders under latex facial applications to give the illusion
Twins of Evil
Twins of Evil is a 1971 horror film directed by John Hough and starring Peter Cushing, with Damien Thomas and the real-life twins and former Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson. It is the third film of the Karnstein Trilogy, based on the vampire tale Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu; the film adds a witchfinding theme to the vampire story. Much of the interest of the film revolves around the contrasting evil and good natures of two beautiful sisters and Maria Gellhorn. Unlike the previous two entries in the series, this film contains only a brief vampire lesbian element. Maria and Frieda orphaned identical twin teenage girls, move from Venice to Karnstein in Central Europe to live with their uncle Gustav Weil. Weil is a stern puritan and leader of the fanatical witch-hunting'Brotherhood'. Both twins resent their uncle's sternness and one of them, looks for a way to escape. Resenting her uncle, she becomes fascinated by the local Count Karnstein, who has the reputation of being "a wicked man".
Count Karnstein, who enjoys the Emperor's favour and thus remains untouched by the Brotherhood, is indeed wicked and interested in Satanism and black magic. Trying to emulate his evil ancestors, he murders a girl as a human sacrifice, calling forth Countess Mircalla Karnstein from her grave. Mircalla turns the Count into a vampire. Frieda, following an invitation from the Count, steals away to the castle at night, while Maria covers for her absence. In the castle, the Count transforms Frieda into a vampire, offering her a beautiful young chained victim. Returning home, Frieda threatens Maria to keep covering for her nightly excursions, but secretly fearing she might bite her sister. Meanwhile, Maria becomes interested in the handsome young teacher, infatuated with the more mysterious Frieda. Anton has studied what he calls "superstition", but becomes convinced of the existence of vampires when his sister falls victim to one. One night, when Frieda attacks a member of the Brotherhood, she is captured by her uncle and put in jail.
While the Brotherhood debates the vampire woman's fate, the Count and his servants kidnap Maria and exchange her for Frieda in the cell. Anton goes to see Maria, not knowing that she is Frieda, she tries to seduce him. Anton rushes to rescue Maria from burning. Maria kisses a cross. Weil now listens to Anton's advice on the proper ways to fight vampires, the two men lead the Brotherhood and villagers to Karnstein Castle to confront the Count; the Count and Frieda attempt to escape. Maria is captured by the Count. Weil challenges the Count and is killed, giving Anton the opportunity to pierce the distracted Count's heart with a spear. Anton and Maria are united. Peter Cushing as Gustav Weil Kathleen Byron as Katy Weil Mary Collinson as Maria Gellhorn Madeleine Collinson as Frieda Gellhorn David Warbeck as Anton Hoffer Damien Thomas as Count Karnstein Katya Wyeth as Countess Mircalla Roy Stewart as Joachim Isobel Black as Ingrid Hoffer Harvey Hall as Franz Alex Scott as Hermann Dennis Price as Dietrich Shelagh Wilcox as lady in coach Inigo Jackson as woodman Judy Matheson as woodman's daughter Kirsten Lindholm as young girl at stake Luan Peters as Gerta Peter Thompson as gaoler Hammer was going to make a film called Vampire Virgins.
However producer Harry Fine saw a Playboy spread involving the Collinson twins and decided to make a film focusing on them. Ingrid Pitt refused; the same sets were used for Vampire Circus. Harvey Hall and Kirsten Lindholm appear in all three films of the trilogy, although in different roles in each one. Peter Cushing played one of the leads in the first, The Vampire Lovers. Luan Peters, who plays a small role in this film appeared in the second film, Lust for a Vampire, as did Judy Matheson; the original film included a short scene cut, in which the evil twin approaches her uncle. The scene is out of place. Cut out for American audiences and to maintain continuity, the original scene was aired on public television in the 1980s. Music for the film was devised by the British composer Harry Robinson, who had produced a soundtrack for The Vampire Lovers. Film critic Leonard Maltin gave the film a passing grade of two and a half stars, calling it "engaging" and "inspired" in its use of the Collinson twins.
A. H. Weiler wrote in The New York Times that the Collinson twins made the film interesting, but "The rest of the costumed crew... hardly give Twins of Evil a good name."One year after its release, Robert L. Jerome observed, "The film is done with Hammer's obvious care for details and a sobriety which creates the proper mood of unexpected evil in attractive, tranquil surroundings." A novelisation of the film was written by Shaun Hutson and published by Arrow Publishing in association with Hammer and the Random House Group in 2011, ISBN 978-0-09-955619-0. The book contains an introduction by John Hough; the film was adapted into an 18-page comic strip for the January–February 1977 issue of the magazine House of Hammer. It was drawn by Blas Gallego from a script by Chris Lowder; the cover of the issue featured a painting by Brian Lewis based on imagery from the film. Vampire film Twins of Evil
The Legend of Hell House
The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 British horror film directed by John Hough and based on the novel Hell House by Richard Matheson, who wrote the screenplay. The film stars Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt as a group of researchers who spend a week in a purportedly haunted English manor in which previous investigators were killed; the physicist Dr. Lionel Barrett is enlisted by eccentric millionaire Mr. Deutsch to make an investigation into "survival after death" in "the one place where it has yet to be refuted"; this is the Belasco House, the "Mount Everest of haunted houses," owned by the notorious "Roaring Giant" Emeric Belasco, a six-foot-five perverted millionaire and supposed murderer, who disappeared soon after a massacre at his home. The house is believed to be haunted by numerous spirits, the victims of Belasco's twisted and sadistic desires. Accompanying Barrett are his wife, Ann, as well as two mediums: mental medium and spiritualist minister Florence Tanner and physical medium Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Fischer, the only survivor of an investigation conducted 20 years before.
The group arrive to begin their investigation a week before Christmas Eve, the rationalist Barrett is rudely skeptical of Florence's belief in "surviving personalities," spirits which haunt the physical world, he asserts that there is nothing but unfocused electromagnetic energy in the house. Barrett brings a machine he has developed. Though not a physical medium, Florence begins to manifest physical phenomena inside the house. When, after a quarrel with Tanner, Barrett is attacked by invisible forces, he suspects that Florence may be using the house's energy against him. Meanwhile, Fischer remains aloof, with his mind closed to the house's influence, is only there to collect the generous paycheck. Ann Barrett is subjected to erotic visions late at night, which seem linked to her lacklustre sex life, she goes downstairs and, in an apparent trance and demands sex from Fischer. He strikes her, snapping her out of the trance, she returns to herself and ashamed. A second incident occurs a day or so later.
Her husband arrives a moment to witness her advances to Fischer. He is resentful, spurns Fischer's warnings that the house is affecting Ann, claiming that "Mr. Deutsch is wasting one-third of his money!" Stricken by the accusation, Fischer drops his psychic shields, but he is attacked. Florence is convinced that one of the "surviving personalities" is Daniel, Belasco's tormented son, she is determined to prove it at all costs, she finds a human skeleton chained behind a wall. Believing it to be Daniel and Fischer bury the body outside the house and Florence performs a funeral. Daniel's "personality" continues to haunt Florence. Barrett suspects. In an attempt to put Daniel to rest, Florence gives herself to the entity sexually, but the entity brutalizes her and possesses her body. Barrett's machine is assembled. Possessed by the malevolent spirit, Florence attempts to destroy it, thinking that it will harm the spirits in the house, but she is prevented from doing serious damage, she enters the chapel, "the unholy heart" of the house, in an attempt to warn the spirits, but she is crushed by a falling crucifix.
As she dies, she leaves a symbol written in her own blood. Barrett activates his machine. Fischer wanders the house afterwards, but violent psychic activity soon resumes, Barrett is killed. Fischer decides to confront the house, Ann accompanies him despite her misgivings. Deciphering Florence's dying clue, Fischer deduces that Belasco is the sole entity haunting the house, masquerading as many, he taunts Belasco, declaring him a "son of a whore," and that he was no "roaring giant," but instead more a "funny little dried-up bastard" who fooled everyone about his alleged height. As objects begin to hurl themselves at Fischer, he continues to defy the entity, challenging, "What size WERE you? Five foot two? One? I know! I'll bet you weren't five foot tall!" At that, all becomes still. Fischer concentrates, a stained-glass partition in the chapel shatters, revealing a hidden door. Fischer and Ann discover a lead-lined room. Pulling out a pocket knife, Fischer rips open Belasco's trouser leg, discovering his final secret: a pair of prosthetic legs.
Fischer realises that Belasco had had his own stunted legs amputated, that he had used the prosthetics with which they were replaced in a grotesque attempt to appear imposing. Belasco had the specially built room lined with lead, presaging the discovery of the electromagnetic nature of life after death. With the room now open, Fischer activates Barrett's machine a second time, he and Ann leave the house, hoping that Barrett and Florence will guide Belasco to the afterlife without fear. Pamela Franklin as Florence Tanner Roddy McDowall as Benjamin Franklin Fischer Clive Revill as Dr. Lionel Barrett Gayle Hunnicutt as Mrs. Ann Barrett Roland Culver as Mr. Deutsch Peter Bowles as Hanley Michael Gough as Emeric Belasco Production began on 23 October 1972; the Legend of Hell House is one of only two productions of James H. Nicholson after his departure from American International Pictures — a company he had run, along with Samuel Z. Arkoff, since 1954. Nicholson died of a brain tumour in December 1972, before the film's release in June 1973.
Nicholson's company, Academy Pictures Corporation, also
The Howling (franchise)
The Howling is a werewolf-themed horror series that includes three novels and eight films. The series began with the 1977 horror novel The Howling by Gary Brandner, in 1981 adapted into the film of the same name, directed by Joe Dante; the novels were authored by American horror writer Gary Phil Brandner. The first book in the series was loosely adapted as a motion picture in 1981. Brandner's second and third Howling novels, published in 1979 and 1985 have no connection to the film series, though he was involved in writing the screenplay for the second Howling film, Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf, he died of esophageal cancer in 2013. The Howling was first published in 1977, republished in 1986 by Fawcett Publications. After a violent act, Karyn Beatty and her husband, Roy, go to the peaceful California village of Drago to escape the savagery of the city, their lives together become more separate; the novel was loosely adapted as a motion picture in 1981, the closest adaptation is the fourth film in the Howling series, Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, though this film too varies to some degree.
The Howling II was first published in 1979, republished by Fawcett Publications in 1982 under the alternative titles The Howling II: The Return, Return of the Howling. The novel addresses the impact of events in the first novel, how life has changed for Karyn Beatty and Chris Halloran within the last three years. Furthermore, the reader soon finds out that Roy and Marcia have survived the destruction of Drago, are now thirsty for vengeance; the Howling III known as The Howling III: Echoes, was published by Fawcett Publications in 1985. In his last installment of the trilogy, Brandner gives readers new characters, a stand-alone plot, a re-imagined mythology which alters the times and events established in the first two books; the Howling III: Echoes is about a sympathetic, teenage werewolf named Malcolm, being recruited by the evil werewolf, who wants him to learn his true heritage: blood. The Howling film series includes eight films; the first Howling film, directed by Joe Dante, stars Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Robert Picardo.
The film is based on the first book in the trilogy. The Howling contains subtle humor, not present in the novel; the second Howling film, directed by Philippe Mora, stars Christopher Lee, Reb Brown, Marsha Hunt, Sybil Danning. The Howling II is the only sequel in the series that features a plot that directly follows the original film's events. Brandner was critical of the original 1981 film, only a loose adaptation of his 1977 novel, some elements of this sequel may have been deliberately divergent from the previous film. After newswoman Karen White's shocking on-screen transformation and violent death, her brother Ben is approached by Stefan Crosscoe, a mysterious gentleman who claims that Karen was a werewolf. Providing videotaped evidence of the transformation, Crosscoe convinces Ben and Jenny to accompany him to Transylvania to battle Stirba, an immortal werewolf queen; the film was directed and written by Philippe Mora, starred Barry Otto, Imogen Annesley, Leigh Biolos. A scientist discovers that there are marsupial werewolves in Australia and one of them works in a horror movie.
John Hough directed Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, which starred Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamiliton; the Original Nightmare is not so much a sequel, but, a more faithful adaptation of Brandner's original novel with subtle alterations. The film focuses on Marie, a successful suspense author, sent to the small town of Drago by her husband after suffering a nervous breakdown and becomes tormented by visions and werewolves; the film was directed by Neal Sundstrom and starred Philip Davis, Victoria Catlin, Elizabeth Shé, Ben Cole. A group of eclectic travelers attend the opening of a long-sealed European castle and are slowly being killed off by a werewolf. Now, to survive they must find out which one of them is the murderer; the film was directed by Hope Perello, starred Brendan Hughes, Bruce Payne, Michele Matheson. Like most movies in the series, The Freaks is based on The Howling trilogy of novels and contains minor elements from The Howling III: Echoes novel: the solitary drifter, cursed as a sympathetic werewolf and recruited by a supernatural being as well as werewolves being used in carnival freak shows.
R. B. Harker, carnival owner, captures Ian, a solitary drifter and werewolf, to work for his carnival, where Ian is put on display with other human oddities. To further complicate matters, Harker too is a supernatural creature, a vampire, with a secret objective to recruit Ian by making him into a killer. Directed by, written by and starring Clive Turner, The Howling: New Moon Rising is the only sequel in the series since Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf to attempt at continuity. Furthermore, the film utilizes footage from the Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, Howling V: The Rebirth, Howling VI: The Freaks, featuring characters from each of those films. After the arrival of a mysterious motorcyclist, the peace of a desert town is shattered by gruesome murders. A detective investigates the case, helped by a priest, certain the killings are the work of a werewolf, leading the two of them to uncover several clues that connect events from a majority of the latter part of the series; the Howling: Reborn was directed by Joe Nimziki.
The film stars Landon Liboiron, Lindsey Shaw and Ivana Miličević. The story is credited to the novel The Howling II. A teenage outcast named Will Kidman discovers he is a werewolf and
Treasure Island (1972 live-action film)
Treasure Island is a 1972 adventure film, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The film stars Orson Welles as Long John Silver, Kim Burfield as Jim Hawkins, Walter Slezak as Squire Trelawney, Rik Battaglia as Captain Smollett, Ángel del Pozo as Doctor Livesey; this adaptation of Treasure Island was released in several different language versions, with different directors credited. Jim Hawkins is a young boy; when a drunken old sailor named Billy Bones comes in for a drink and dies, Jim gets his hands on a map which shows the whereabouts of pirate Captain Flint's treasure. Taking action, he enlists the help of Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey to join him as he locates the island on the map. Together, they join a ship commanded by Captain Smollett. Word of the treasure map gets around and most of the crew are recruited with the help of the ship's cook, Long John Silver, an ex-pirate who had sailed with Captain Flint and intends to get the treasure by mutiny and murder. On the island is a marooned pirate, Ben Gunn, who has spent his time on the island gathering the treasure.
With his help Jim, the Squire, the Doctor, the Captain and a number of loyal crewmen outwit the pirates, killing most of them in gun battles. Silver is captured, but escapes." Much of the plot and the linking narrative – spoken by Jim Hawkins – is faithful to the original book. Orson Welles as Long John Silver Kim Burfield as Jim Hawkins Lionel Stander as Billy Bones Walter Slezak as Squire Trelawney Ángel del Pozo as Doctor Livesey Rik Battaglia as Captain Smollett Jean Lefebvre as Ben Gunn Maria Rohm as Mrs. Hawkins Paul Muller as Blind Pew Michel Garland as George Merry Aldo Sambrell as Israel Hands The film had its origins in Orson Welles's attempts to film his Shakespearean adaptation Chimes at Midnight in the early 1960s – a project he had worked on since the late 1930s. After Welles had failed to convince numerous producers to finance his film, he tried an alternative approach: he wrote a screenplay for the more commercially appealing Treasure Island, promised to make both films, back to back, filmed on the same sets and with the same cast, for more than the cost of one film.
As well as having written the script, he proposed to direct Treasure Island and play Long John Silver. According to Welles' assistant Juan Cobos, Welles was "afraid that Chimes wouldn't be a appealing film at the box office and he proposed a remake of Treasure Island to the, it was a way to cover the money deficit of Chimes with a more popular film based on Stevenson´s classical novel."Welles was a long-time admirer of the novel, had performed it for radio in 1938. ""He loved the story, always did," said Beatrice Welles. "It's one of the books he read to me as a child."This approach worked. The idea was to cast for both films, such as the inn; the proposed cast for Treasure Island was as follows: Keith Baxter as Doctor Livesey John Gielgud as Squire Trelawney Frasher McIntosh as Jim Hawkins Orson Welles as Long John SilverIn order to get a local subsidy, the film needed a Spanish director and Spanish techniccians. Welles suggested Jess Franco, he would direct from a script by Welles. "We had a good script," said Welles.
"It was loyal to Stevenson. You don't notice it when you are reading, just when you are making a film script." Filming took place for a week on the Mediterranean coast of Alicante in 1964. It used a rented ship built for the Spanish-shot John Paul Johes and subsequently used in a number of other films. Several scenes were shot, some of which Welles directed Franco went on to help Welles for three weeks on shooting Chimes at Midnight; the two men had a disagreement. Franco got Harry Saltzman to finance the completion of Chimes. Welles was unhappy with the arrangements and Franco left the project. In March 1966 while filming Casino Royale in England, Welles said he planned to make the film the following month in Spain, he said the film would be in colour, the budget would be $1.5 million and that part of the finance had been secured from Seven Arts Productions, who would distribute in the US and Canada. Fergus McIntosh would play Jim Hawkins and Hugh Griffith would play an unspecified role. By December however it was clear the film was not going to be made.
Welles remained contractually tied to the project as both writer. Eight years he was brought in to make the film again by producer Harry Alan Towers who had worked with Welles in radio. Welles still wanted to direct but Towers said he could not get a completion guarantee if, the case so John Hough was brought in to do the job. Welles starred as Long John Silver and it was shot in Spain with a Spanish crew. Kim Burnfield, who played Jim Hawkins, came from England. Welles said, but the colonels have locked up a lot of my friends so I never considered going there. Besides, Spain is my home and this is the place I would rather work."National General agreed to provide some finance and distribute in the US. Towers sourced a boat to play the Hispanolia in the Thames, it was a floating restaurant. He arranged for it to be shipped to Spain but it sunk. Towers managed to find another boat two weeks before filming. Filming took place in June 1972 in Almeria. According to one contemporary report the dire
Return from Witch Mountain
Return from Witch Mountain is a 1978 American science fiction-adventure film and a sequel to Escape to Witch Mountain and the second film in the Witch Mountain franchise. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, it is based on the novel by Alexander Key. Ike Eisenmann, Kim Richards, Denver Pyle reprise their roles as Tony and Uncle Bené—humanoid extraterrestrials with special powers including telepathy and telekinesis; the two main villains are played by Bette Davis as Letha Wedge, a greedy woman using the last of her money to finance the scientific experiments of Dr. Victor Gannon, played by Christopher Lee. In September 1978, the film was re-released to theaters on a double bill with Escape to Witch Mountain. A television film sequel called Beyond Witch Mountain was made in 1982. Tony and his sister Tia are in need of a vacation. Uncle Bené drops them off in their flying saucer at the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles, after which the siblings become separated from each other. A man named Dr. Victor Gannon and his assistant Letha Wedge happen to see Tony using his powers to save Letha's nephew Sickle from certain death.
Realizing that Tony has supernatural powers, Dr. Gannon drugs the boy with a tranquilizer shot and takes him back to their laboratory. There, Dr. Gannon tests a new mind-control technology on him. Under its influence, Tony is hypnotized and does everything that his kidnappers want him to do, including stealing gold from a museum exhibit and stopping Tia from finding them. With Tony at his robotic bidding, Dr. Gannon hopes to achieve recognition within the scientific community and worldwide power, while Letha wants a return on her investment. A group of would-be tough boys whom Tia comes across, called the Earthquake Gang, are being chased by the Golden Goons, in which Tia telepathically gets rid of them; the gang of boys accept her into their help look for her brother. They let her sleep in their secret hideout where she gets many visions of where her brother is, he unstacks the gold but is followed by Mr. Yokomoto the truant officer who thinks Tony has to go to school and chases the doctor, aunt and Tony in his mini bus unsuccessfully.
As a result, Mr. Yokomoto ends up losing his job. Next Tia uses her telepathy to trace Tony's hideout but is caught by Sickle and is put under the influence of chloroform, she telepathically asks Alfred the goat, in the house to find the Earthquake gang. They chase the goat back to the hideout. In the meantime Tony, Letha and Victor drive to a Plutonium Plant as it is more expensive than gold. Tia traces their location and describes it to be a " big round ball" One of the members assume the location to be another place and Tia is upset, they come across Mr. Yokomoto who tells them he lost his job and the only thing that works is the radio; the news given about the plutonium plant stresses on the word "molecular flow." Tia asks Mr. Yokomoto to drive them to the location after she magically repairs the mini bus. After Victor and his gang reach the site, he shuts down the plant's cooling system. In exchange for turning it on, he requires 5 million dollars in cash; the people working at the plant make arrangements for money as soon as possible, but Tia reaches the site in time where she and Tony battle to turn on the cooling system.
Tia manages to turn it on. In this course of time, she understands how he destroys the device. Tia explains what had happened to him, in which Tony makes Victor and Letha go up to the ceiling with no way of getting down. Mr. Yokomoto drives the kids to the Rose Bowl Stadium and the Earthquake gang come along to say bye. Tony and Tia bid farewell to the kids. Actors Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann appear in at least four films together—this one, the original 1975 Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain, the television film Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell. Richards portrays the roadside waitress and Eisenmann portrays the Sheriff in a re-imagined remake of the original film Race to Witch Mountain, released in March 2009. Jack Soo was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the autumn of 1978, several months after the film's release. Return from Witch Mountain would be his final movie appearance; the emergency voice heard over Yokomoto's van radio—announcing the problem at the plutonium plant—is that of Gary Owens.
Filming started on April 11, 1977. The otherwise vacant lot, upon which the children's dilapidated hideout mansion stands, was at the Alameda Street railroad yard in California, where the Rochester House was waiting for restoration and relocation; the house was never restored and was demolished in 1979. Scenes of Dr. Victor Gannon's mansion, the location of his laboratory, were filmed at Moby Castle on Durand Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles; the tunnel scenes were filmed at the Fillmore & Western Railway in Fillmore, California constructing a faux tunnel structure. The faux tunnel still can be seen from CA-126 / Telegraph Road; the gold-bar robbery sequence was filmed at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. The building facing the Park's Rose Garden was used for exterior shots of the museum; the scene in which Yokomoto's van is overturned and breaks a fire-hydrant was filmed near the Sunset Boulevard bridge and Glendale Boulevard underpass intersection, in the Echo Park district.
Return from Witch Mountain was released on VHS on June 25, 1986. It was first released as a Special Edit