A DISTANT SCREAM (1984)
aka Dying Truth
Article 5072 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by John Hough
Featuring David Carradine, Stephanie Beacham, Stephen Greif
What it is: Time travel/ghost story movie length episode of “Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense”
An old man, in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, is on his deathbed and is hovering in the realm between life and death. He returns to the time of the murder in the hopes of finding the truth.
This is an odd but rather engaging story that exists in a realm between time travel and ghost movies. David Carradine has been described as having two roles here, but if you think about it, that’s not the case; he’s playing the same character at two different ages. The main characters are very well drawn, especially Stephanie Beacham’s as the woman who trying to come to terms with a conflict between returning to her husband or leaving him for her lover. Some of the dialogue is a bit clumsy, and some of the minor characters never quite gel, but these are minor problems; the rather original story compensates for them. And it deserves credit for pulling off a neat trick; it manages to use a “revenge from beyond the grave” subplot in which the character seeking the revenge is technically not dead yet. This one is pretty good, and I’ll probably be catching some of the other episodes from this series.