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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Possessed by the Devil
Plot:
A young boy who happens to be a minister's son is admitted to a hospital with fatal wounds. Though his health improves, he has lost his soul forever.
Episode:
0166
Air Dates:
First Run - October 28, 1974
Repeat - December 20, 1974
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8 Responses to Episode 0166


This is a GREAT episode. I think it is one of the BEST of the series. It certainly is on my list of the top CBSRMT's best episodes. I enjoyed it so much I copied to a CD so I could hear it again whenever I wanted to. The acting, writing, sound effects are fantastic! When the demon that is possessing the son talks through him- his voice changes to such a demonic roar - it really creeped me out! I loved Joan Shay as the slightly intoxicated Irish cleaning woman!

"Possessed by the Devil" gets 5 stars and then some. This was a fantastic episode which was also rather scary. Listening to it was more terrifying than the ridiculous horror movies that are out today. I am realizing that when Mystery Theater did stories on possession or devil worship, they went the whole way. Ian Martin is a great writer, but his voice is so distinguishable--in this episode he played an arrogant veteran doctor which was perfect for him. Leon Janney was the possessed brother. Janney did dozens of Mystery Theater episodes and he was fantastic as a possessed, love-sick student who had sibling rivalry issues. If you get the chance, listen to this horrific episode.

In response to Davyjoe's comment-I'm pretty sure it was Donald Buka playing the possessed, lovesick brother. Leon Janney was one of the hospital doctors and Anton Aszerak (sp?). It is a GREAT episode and REALLY SCARED me the first time I heard it. Unfortunately, I listened to it right before I went to bed that night,and I didn't sleep too well that night! Davy Joe you are spot-on about it being more terrifying than the dreck that passes for horror movies today.

Thanks for the correction Kristin. This is still, in my opinion, the scariest episode of the 1,399.

A minister’s son is brought into the hospital with severe, life-threatening head wounds but experiences a miraculous cure when, according to the cleaning lady, the devil himself flees from the drunk in the next bed, and up the nose of the young man. We learn he has been experimenting with the black arts and devil worship.

I'm not a fan of "slasher" movies, but if you ever have a moment in which you want to watch a film within that genre, I could recommend one...this RMT episode is almost a cross (from what I heard) between the aforementioned Exorcist and a very interesting film from the late 80s entitled The hidden. An emergency room MD and a cleaning lady are in the room late at night with two patients: a poor, passed out wino who while not critically ill is a regular to the ER, and a young man who has suffered what appears to be a gravely serious closed head injury...he supposedly has a depression in his skull big enough for one to put their hand in. (My own daughter had a skull fracture at age 4 so this hit home to me.) Any way, the cleaning woman is a little irish lady who happens to be left alone in a room with the two while the MD is called away. She's just in time to witness what appears to her to be the devil, exiting the mouth of the wino as a pair of glowing red eyes and a forked tail in a cloud of smoke and going right up the injured young man's nose. She's extremely frightened, and the MD is amazed. The young man, who appeared to have a fatal injury, stands up and is ready to leave the hospital, while the wino has just died... 

Nice and creepy. This is a fun episode to listen to around Halloween. Have fun with this one. It's nice to listen to a "scary" show without the gore. Yes, I know it's a radio show but they can still slip those sound effects in for effect. Glad they let our imagination work for us instead. Kudos!!

Nice and creepy.

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