Ritual of Evil (1969)

Genres - Horror, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ritual of Evil was a sequel to the earlier TV movie Fear No Evil; both were pilots for a never-realized Universal series, Bedevilled. Louis Jourdan stars as a psychiatrist investigating the suicide of one of his patients. He stumbles onto the realization that the death was tied in with the Supernatural, and that perhaps he shouldn't probe any deeper. Were he to stop at this point, the producers would had to have filled the remaining hours' worth of film with commercials or cartoons, so Jourdan forges ahead at the risk of his own life. This concept was eventually refined into Universal's short-lived series The Sixth Sense, which utilized much of the eerie William Goldenberg background music first heard in Ritual of Evil.

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investigation, patient [medical], psychiatrist, suicide, evil, occult, psychiatry, ritual, supernatural-forces