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CBSRMT Episode Information
Sunset to Sunrise
A daughter remembers how her mother turned into a vampire.
Air Dates:
First Run - April 25, 1974
Repeat - July 21, 1974
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12 Responses to Episode 0081

Very creepy. I'd never heard of a "damphire" before. I suppose it must be rough, in universes where the undead exist, to ascertain whether someone is a good or evil member of the undead. Suspense, undead. Followed by long news commentary about the impending impeachment of Richard Nixon.

A vampire story with moral and obligatory overtones. It’s an ok story with so-so acting.

A woman recounts how her mother became a vampire. Seldes can't save this clunker of a story.

A family is headed by a domineering strong and self-centered mother who, after her death, is suspected of becoming a vampire. THe community, fearing for their safety, appeal to the daughter to kill the vampire because only Damfires, the offspring of vampires, can see and kill a vampire. The only problem is the daughter is in disbelief over the whole thing... can she be convinced?

Very good vampire story, and very atmospheric. I was a little surprised when the daughter kissed her dead mother on the lips. I didn’t think CBSRMT could get away with that lol.

3 stars.... 4 star acting, 2 star story. If not for the acting I probably would have turned it off. Has commercials.

Pretty good story. Atmospheric.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode though I had my doubts. I am not a big vampire fan--Hollywood has unendated us with lousy vampire movies and television shows for about the last ten years. I am also not the biggest fan of the writer of "Sunset to Sunrise" Elspeth Eric. This vampire story was well written and interesting with just the right touch of creepy. 4 stars.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode

This was an okay episode of trying to convince a daughter who just lost her mother that her mother has come back as a vampire, making her and her brother dhampirs (or dhampyre, dhamphir, or dhampyr, depending on who you ask). It was an overly long episode for the plot, even if the voice acting was good. I knew of dhampirs from the game (and bad movie) Blood Rayne.

Kudos to Elspeth Eric for writing a vampire story with a dark & compelling feel to it. The Title of the CBSRMT episode was good, but a better Title would be "The Dhampir" or "The Matricide" because that's exactly what our main character was; an offspring who murdered her blood-sucking mother. The sound effects were splendid to hear in this Fantasy-Mystery. You got the sounds of the bell tower ringing, the gate opening, the footsteps on the gravel path, the door being pounded, the gentle tapping on the window, the howling wind, and the crowd of villagers murmuring. Not only there was music that would give the listeners chills, there was also music from "The Invaders" (the 51st episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE). Just listening to that atmosphere tune makes any listener escape to a whole new realm. Now I'm sorry to say this, but E.G. Marshall did a discouraging job as Host. In his prologue, he considers himself as a "reflective" man. By that, he means to be thoughtful or characterized by deep thought, which barely has anything to do with this vampire story. In ACT-1, ACT-3, and in his Epilogue, there's no narration whatsoever. I don't know if there were editing problems when they recorded this, or E.G. Marshall didn't have much to say in this episode. And that's not all. At the end ACT-2, he mentions a vampire who was tried in a London Court in 1924 and his name was George Hake. I've read vampire encyclopedias on people who have acted in vampiric ways and there is no record of a George Hake. SPECIAL NOTE: There was a German serial killer named Fritz Haarmann who murdered over 20 people between 1918-1924 and he was known as the "Vampire of Hanover." I will finish this review on a good note, though. If there's one word to describe the performance of our cast, it would be this: RIVETING! William Johnstone (as Una's Father) was sterling, William Redfield (as Peter and Eljah) was smashing, Bryna Raeburn (as Una's Mother and Marie) was top-notch, and finally the magnificent Marian Seldes (as Una the Dhampir) who was "killer" in this wicked tale. This was a role she was destined to play because she had a voice that made the main character feel agony, despair, remorse, and misery in all 3 Acts. I'm looking forward to hear Marian Seldes again in the other vampire stories that CBSRMT has done: #0318-CARMILLA and #0085-DRACULA.

Good show with bonus contemporary news program at the end- worthwhile for history buffs.

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