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Made-For-TV HORROR Movies of the 70s & 80s

As requested, here is a thread to discuss our favorite Horror Movies from the 70s and 80s that were made for TV, like the 1978 TV Classic, 'Devil Dog: Hound of Hell,' which first aired on Halloween night, 1978.

Discuss all the camp fun here!

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by Anonymousreply 10515 hours ago

[italic]Curse of the Black Widow,[/italic] starring Miss Patty Duke

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by Anonymousreply 1Last Saturday at 9:21 AM

And all of those wonderfully bad English Horror TV-Movies, too!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 2Last Saturday at 9:23 AM

Wes Craven's [italic]Summer of Fear[/italic] (a.k.a. [italic]Stranger in Our House[/italic])

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by Anonymousreply 3Last Saturday at 9:23 AM

Bow down to this greatness!

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by Anonymousreply 4Last Saturday at 9:23 AM

This thread would be incomplete without mention of the greatest of the great made for TV horror films, Trilogy of Terror. I remember watching this when I was in fourth grade and it scared the crap out of me! That little doll just would not stop!

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Saturday at 9:24 AM

[italic]Satan's School for Girls[/italic]

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by Anonymousreply 6Last Saturday at 9:25 AM

Don't Go to Sleep with Rhoda and McCloud...

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by Anonymousreply 7Last Saturday at 9:26 AM

R8, I was also 4th Grade when that aired and was terrified for weeks!

by Anonymousreply 8Last Saturday at 9:27 AM

Another classic vehicle for Miss Karen Black

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by Anonymousreply 9Last Saturday at 9:27 AM

1972's 'Gargoyles' was aired several times in the 1970s, and is a big favorite of mine.

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by Anonymousreply 10Last Saturday at 9:28 AM

[italic]The Screaming Woman[/italic]

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by Anonymousreply 11Last Saturday at 9:29 AM

Dark Night of the Scarecrow, which I actually just finished watching. It is perfect for the Halloween season.

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by Anonymousreply 12Last Saturday at 9:29 AM

[italic]Scream, Pretty Peggy,[/italic] with Special Guest Star Miss Bette Davis

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by Anonymousreply 13Last Saturday at 9:30 AM

No one's mentionned this?

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by Anonymousreply 14Last Saturday at 9:32 AM

No one's mentioned this yet?

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by Anonymousreply 15Last Saturday at 9:33 AM

[italic]The Strange and Deadly Occurrence[/italic] (1974)

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by Anonymousreply 16Last Saturday at 9:34 AM

Dueling teenage witches!

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by Anonymousreply 17Last Saturday at 9:36 AM

The doll scene from Trilogy of Terror was very similar to a great episode of The Twilight Zone, The Invaders starring Agnes Moorehead. Equally as scary!

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by Anonymousreply 18Last Saturday at 9:36 AM

"If I were not a lady ... then I should twist your arm, Mrs. Borden, right out of its socket!"

I saw this when it originally aired in 1975, and it is one of the best. Forget Samantha Stephens after this one!

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by Anonymousreply 19Last Saturday at 9:39 AM

Don't pledge Pi Epsilon Delta, y'all

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by Anonymousreply 20Last Saturday at 9:41 AM

[italic]Crowhaven Farm[/italic]

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by Anonymousreply 21Last Saturday at 9:46 AM

This doesn't qualify as horror, but it was made for TV and it was quite memorable -- The Night that Panicked America. Lots of TV and movie stars in this one, can't find the whole thing on Youtube.

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by Anonymousreply 22Last Saturday at 9:49 AM

[italic]The Stranger Within[/italic] (1974, in three parts on DailyMotion): Barbara Eden gets preggers by an alien

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by Anonymousreply 23Last Saturday at 9:52 AM

R13, Kino Lorber just announced a Bluray release of Scream, Pretty Peggy coming next year.

They also just released 1974’s Killdozer! Kino Lorber is doing a good job of bringing a lot of these old TV movies to disc - they have both Trilogy of Terrors, The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler, The House That Would Not Die.

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by Anonymousreply 24Last Saturday at 9:53 AM

The House on Greenapple Road

by Anonymousreply 25Last Saturday at 9:55 AM

The zombie episode of 'The Night Stalker' terrified me!

by Anonymousreply 26Last Saturday at 9:55 AM

Does the ending of Don't Be Afraid of The Dark imply that Kim Darby has become one of them?

by Anonymousreply 27Last Saturday at 9:58 AM

I loved Midnight Offerings, it was one of the few attempts to make Melissa Sue Anderson seem like she had range as an actress that kinda worked I would have liked it if there had been an actual teen witch battle at the end though.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Saturday at 10:01 AM

OF course the fantastic classic kolchak movies "the night stalker" and "the night strangler"... both hold up today and still scary as hell.... total proof that a horror movie doesn't have to be gory or sadistic or have special effects!.... it's the story, the acting, the music, the lighting and so on that makes these movies great...

gotta add as well "when a stranger calls" with carol kane.. at least the first 30 minutes of the movie..

by Anonymousreply 29Last Saturday at 10:03 AM

[italic]The Devil's Daughter[/italic]

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by Anonymousreply 30Last Saturday at 10:05 AM

When A Stranger Calls was a theatrical feature although there was a made-for-cable sequel in the 90s.

Unless you were thinking about When Michael Calls...

by Anonymousreply 31Last Saturday at 10:07 AM

I haven't seen The Initiation of Sarah in years but doesn't she do something to Morgan Fairchild at the end that goes a bit beyond mere telekinesis?

by Anonymousreply 32Last Saturday at 10:08 AM

BTW, many of these movies are available to stream/watch on EPIX.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Saturday at 10:08 AM

Gay comedian Sam Pancake does an entire podcast dedicated to old made for tv movies.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Saturday at 10:09 AM

what was that one TV movie starring a young Sally Field who is hiding from the serial killer who is killing off people (relatives for a inheritance?) one by one?... i remember her hiding in a big ole wood log and seeing the killer a woman with a pitchfork hunting her and than standing literally over this log and not seeing sally's character hiding in it! scary stuff... later sally's character fakes her death and then surprised the killer who seeing her alive goes completely insane, i think the serial killer was her much older sister? not sure...

by Anonymousreply 35Last Saturday at 10:09 AM

This was before my time.


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by Anonymousreply 36Last Saturday at 10:10 AM

Home For The Holidays, r35

by Anonymousreply 37Last Saturday at 10:11 AM

[quote]I haven't seen The Initiation of Sarah in years but doesn't she do something to Morgan Fairchild at the end that goes a bit beyond mere telekinesis?

You can fast-forward to that part at R20

by Anonymousreply 38Last Saturday at 10:11 AM

R37... that's it... thanks!...

by Anonymousreply 39Last Saturday at 10:11 AM
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by Anonymousreply 40Last Saturday at 10:12 AM

Brittany Murphy was beautiful and could kinda act it's too bad she turned out to be a right-wing psycho.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Saturday at 10:14 AM

R34, you just made my year! Subscribed!

by Anonymousreply 42Last Saturday at 10:14 AM

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by Anonymousreply 43Last Saturday at 10:16 AM

I have one in my memory that I can't describe very well, but it was about a young woman who lives in an apartment building who starts seeing strange things outside her window, she tells her best (female) friend and her boyfriend about it, they both tell her that they don't see what she's seeing, and she might be going crazy. At the end of the movie, the young woman is tied up in her bathtub having gone completely loony, and it turns out that the boyfriend and her best friend were conspiring to gaslight her and get her committed. I can't remember who starred in it ... but I remember the final scene in the bathroom vividly, because it involved some kind of weird eye inserts or contact lenses...

by Anonymousreply 44Last Saturday at 10:18 AM

Bitch r41, don't you mean MORGAN BRITTANY??

I was no Republican psycho.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Saturday at 10:19 AM

More suspense thriller than horror but Dying Room Only with Cloris Leachman, Dabney Coleman and Ned Beatty is a good one. The Kurt Russell movie Breakdown stole a lot of plot points from this. Written by Richard Matheson who did a lot of Twilight Zone episodes and Trilogy of Terror

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by Anonymousreply 46Last Saturday at 10:22 AM

While Brittany Murphy was NOT a Republican, she was a GAP model in 2001!

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by Anonymousreply 47Last Saturday at 10:38 AM

These movies have been my favorite “type” of movie to watch for a few years now, and as someone noted upthread, a lot of them are being released in immaculate blu ray editions. Extremely excited for Scream, Pretty Peggy. The Screaming Woman and The Victim (another Elizabeth Montgomery vehicle) are also reportedly coming from Kino Lorber. One of the most gorgeous releases has been Bad Ronald (starring the highly underrated Scott Jacoby). It’s unreal how pristine the camera negative looks. Warner Brothers did that one.

I would also recommend A Howling In The Woods (murder mystery starring Barbara Eden), The People (Kim Darby, 1972), Night Slaves (1970), and so many others that I can’t even remember right now. All on YouTube.

Not all of them qualify as “camp” necessarily—that’s a misunderstanding of the term. Some of them might seem dated, or slightly cheesy, but they’re certainly no worse than B-grade fare being churned out by independent producers today—and they’re far more entertaining and look way better as they were shot on film.

Oh and R27, thanks for the spoiler alert...

by Anonymousreply 48Last Saturday at 10:39 AM

There were two werewolf TV-movies around 1973 or so.

Anybody remember what they were titled? Are they available on DVD?

by Anonymousreply 49Last Saturday at 10:46 AM

Bad Ronald

by Anonymousreply 50Last Saturday at 10:48 AM

This features a mom vs. teen witch battle!

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by Anonymousreply 51Last Saturday at 10:51 AM

Moon of the Wolf is probably one of them, R49. And if it’s on DVD, it’s taken from an old VHS, not the negative or a print. The upload on YouTube looks like ass.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Saturday at 10:51 AM

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home

Gather ye the corn!!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 53Last Saturday at 10:52 AM

Ah yes, The Spell is a lot of fun. It’s streaming on other sites, too, I believe—I think I saw it on Amazon? That YouTube video is too blurry to watch when there’s a Blu ray of it available.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Saturday at 10:52 AM

R52, yes, 'Moon Of The Wolf' is one of the ones I was thinking of.

Starring DL Faves, David Jansson and Barbara Rush!

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by Anonymousreply 55Last Saturday at 10:53 AM

R23 I remember not only being terrfified by this movie, but seeing Barbara Eden (who was always so bubbly and happy as Jeannie) being such a crazy, mean woman was traumatizing to me.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Saturday at 10:56 AM

Satan's Triangle

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by Anonymousreply 57Last Saturday at 11:02 AM

[italic]It Happened at Lakewood Manor[/italic] (1977)

Some terrifying visuals... especially the end where they're tied together and breathing through tubes as the ants crawl all over them.

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by Anonymousreply 58Last Saturday at 11:06 AM

Motel Hell. I thought it was creepy and disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Saturday at 11:08 AM

That wasn't a TV-movie.

by Anonymousreply 60Last Saturday at 11:10 AM

R53 must have missed R4! FAT WHORE!!

by Anonymousreply 61Last Saturday at 11:13 AM

R57, Satan's Triangle was so good! I can't believe Kim Novak was making TV movies, she was only 42 and still quite beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 62Last Saturday at 11:22 AM

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

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by Anonymousreply 63Last Saturday at 11:26 AM

speaking of the "dark secret of harvest home" ... can you blame the wife BETH for wanting to screw that gorgeous handsome studly blond Justin (played by actor john calvin) instead of her homely plain pain in the butt husband Nick (played by david ackroyd)... i remember watching the "making of the corn" scene when i was a youngster and furiously "spanking the monkey" because i found the whole scene so dirty and wicked, although in reality for a 1978 tv movie they didn't show anything really!...a decade later and on cable it would have been soft porn this scene! did feel sorry for plain and soon to be blinded Nick and hated that horny brainwashed whore who acted like nothing was wrong! not only was she brainwashed (and a young roseanne arquette) but she had to have been deep down mentally ill and evil all along.... amazing how justin was able to get her pregnant just 1 time too! laugh! what a stud!....

by Anonymousreply 64Last Saturday at 11:26 AM

Night Terror. Valerie Harper terrorized by a man on the highway after witnessing a murder. Scared the shit out of me as a kid!

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by Anonymousreply 65Last Saturday at 11:26 AM

I thought Let's Scare Jessica to Death was a theatrical film

by Anonymousreply 66Last Saturday at 11:31 AM

The House That Would Not Die, starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck

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by Anonymousreply 67Last Saturday at 11:35 AM

How Awful About Allan, with Anthony Perkins, Julie Harris and Joan Hackett. More thriller than horror, but it scared me when I was a kid.

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by Anonymousreply 68Last Saturday at 11:36 AM

Don’t forget (or maybe do) the cheesy TV sequels to Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives.

Revenge of the Stepford Wives is a camp hoot with Sharon Gless, Julie Kavner, Audra Lindley and Don Johnson. The Stepford Children with Barbara Eden actually manages some creepy moments along with the camp. In the 90s there was even The Stepford Husbands.

Look What’s Happened To Rosemary’s Baby is pretty dull but an interesting time capsule of 70s weirdness. Starring Patty Duke as Rosemary, Tina Louise, and Ruth Gordon reprising her role from the original. No relation to the later sequel Ira Levin wrote.

by Anonymousreply 69Last Saturday at 12:03 PM

Bay Coven (1987) starring Tim Matheson and Pamela Sue Martin

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by Anonymousreply 70Last Saturday at 12:40 PM

Dead of Night (1977)

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by Anonymousreply 71Last Saturday at 1:09 PM

The Victim, with DL faves Elizabeth Montgomery and George Maharis

by Anonymousreply 72Last Saturday at 1:44 PM

MOON OF THE WOLF is available on EPIX!

by Anonymousreply 73Last Saturday at 2:21 PM

“Look, Demon Dog,, or whatever you call yourself, I am the Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of BetaZed. And unless you want to create an interstellar incident, you had better beam back to your ship!"

by Anonymousreply 74Last Saturday at 2:35 PM

Sorry, Right after I hit post I realized I didn't mean Brittany Murphy.

by Anonymousreply 75Last Saturday at 3:43 PM

Are You in the House Alone? with Kathleen Beller, Robin Mattson and Dennis Quaid.

by Anonymousreply 76Last Saturday at 3:49 PM

r49/r52. The other werewolf movie was Scream of the Wolf. All I remember is this line from the promo: "His face is gone!"

The Cat Creature, starring DL fave Meredith Baxter:

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by Anonymousreply 77Last Saturday at 4:15 PM

Did all of these movies star a "DL fave?"

by Anonymousreply 78Last Saturday at 4:21 PM

Thanks, R77, for SCREAM OF THE WOLF!

by Anonymousreply 79Last Saturday at 4:26 PM

Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (1977)

The part where a tarantula bittenwoman rolls down a hill and strikes her head on a tree scared the crap out of me when I was a kid!

Starring Claude Akins, Tom Atkins, and Howard Hessman from WKRP and Head of the class

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by Anonymousreply 80Last Saturday at 4:51 PM

R44 Would that be Diabolique?

by Anonymousreply 81Last Saturday at 5:38 PM

All these posts and no mention of "Burnt Offerings"? For shame, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 82Last Saturday at 5:49 PM

Does Meredith Baxter Burney count as a DL Fave?

by Anonymousreply 83Last Saturday at 7:20 PM

Salem's Lot.

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by Anonymousreply 84Last Saturday at 7:42 PM

I remember seeing this when I was young -- it was full of recognizable TV stars -- and I thought the ending was scary and disturbing.

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by Anonymousreply 85Last Saturday at 7:55 PM

Interesting article, check it out.

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by Anonymousreply 86Last Saturday at 8:13 PM

I loved the creepy, ominous ending of "Crowhaven Farm." I love it when horror movies have scary endings.

by Anonymousreply 87Last Saturday at 8:20 PM

r82, even though it looks made for TV Burnt Offerings was a theatrical feature

by Anonymousreply 88Last Saturday at 8:35 PM

Neither ‘Let’s Scare Jessica To Death’ nor ‘Burnt Offerings’ are TV movies.

by Anonymousreply 89Last Saturday at 8:36 PM

When Michael Calls

by Anonymousreply 90Last Saturday at 8:41 PM

When Michael Calls is one of my favorites, R90. Wish that one would get a Blu ray. There is at least one YouTube upload that looks good, though.

by Anonymousreply 91Last Saturday at 8:46 PM

[italic] The Eyes of Charles Sand [/italic] 1972

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by Anonymousreply 92Last Saturday at 8:52 PM

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark got a Blu-ray reissue last year by Warner Archives, and it looks absolutely fantastic.

Trilogy of Terror was issued by Kino Lorber a few years ago, as was The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler. I hope more TV movies are issued on Blu.

by Anonymousreply 93Last Saturday at 10:11 PM

I loved trilogy of terror . That little doll and Karen black were great together ..... one of the most terrifying ...

by Anonymousreply 94Last Saturday at 10:47 PM

Jeez, that was tedious, R92. Is the movie itself any good?

Interesting that they used Mancini’s score for Wait Until Dark for that clip (one of the all-time greatest spooky themes). Both Warner Bros. properties, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 95Last Saturday at 11:06 PM

In case someone is thinking of posting it, "You'll Like My Mother" is not a made-for-TV movie, either.

by Anonymousreply 96Last Saturday at 11:07 PM

I loved "trilogy of terror" but UNLIKE most everyone else, not for the voodoo doll come to life episode, but i loved the story of the prim and proper college teacher drugged by the hunky horny student of hers blackmailed into being his "sex slave" until she turns the tables on him and drugs him and kills him... TURNS OUT? she knew what he was doing and she had a long habit of playing "victim" until she turns the tables and kills the hunky horny stud.... she LOVED the sex from them too! in the end, she is about to seduce a very young GREGORY HARRISON into her kinky web, she certainly had great taste in her "victims"... when i was little this story turned me on and still does....

by Anonymousreply 97Last Sunday at 5:03 AM

R97, that’s my favorite story in Trilogy, too. Far too much is made of the doll one, but it’s easy to see why—people love cartoonish, comic book-style stuff in their movies (horror or otherwise). The blu ray cover art that Kino Lorber did for it drives that home.

by Anonymousreply 98Last Sunday at 8:25 AM

Though I would add: SPOILER ALERT, R97!!!

by Anonymousreply 99Last Sunday at 8:25 AM

R99.. your right, should have posted a spoiler alert, but i figured by now everyone born in the last century had seen it already! lol...

by Anonymousreply 100Last Sunday at 9:29 AM

The Midnight Hour (1985)

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by Anonymousreply 101Last Sunday at 9:40 AM

Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986)

This was a favorite of mine. I think it aired on Cinemax though.

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by Anonymousreply 102Last Sunday at 9:41 AM

The original Night Gallery had three segments ... one I don't remember at all, one had Joan Crawford as a blind woman who regains her sight during a blackout, but the best segment was called "The Cemetery" and it starred Roddy MacDowall and Ossie Davis. After his rich old uncle is (essentially) murdered, the nephew (Roddy MacDowall's character) inherits the estate, and is haunted by a painting that appears to show old uncle emerging from his grave to seek revenge.

This episode was super scary! And also super gay, especially the way MacDowall repeatedly says the name of Davis's character, "Portifoy."

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by Anonymousreply 103Last Sunday at 10:15 AM

This is one of those kinds of threads that gets a lot of responses on the weekends.

by Anonymousreply 10415 hours ago

The horror!

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