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The Church of Hell


A nasty surprise awaits a couple as they return from their blissful holiday to find their tenant and caretaker killed by supernatural forces. They must fight the forces of Satan to save their home and hearth.



Air Dates

  • First Run - February 17, 1978
  • Repeat - July 16, 1978





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10 Responses to Episode 0784

I remember going to sleep on this when I was a kid. I really wanted to hear it. I had forgotten all about it. Thanks. I will listen to this tonight.


David and Jane Francis, returning from a long vacation, discover that the old woman who had been renting their home has died mysteriously and it soon becomes clear that black magic and satanism is involved. The couple call in an expert in the occult and he determines that evil forces are still at work in their house. Genre:Occult

Manuel Guillermo Christian B.

A woman has died in a rental house owned by a New York couple who are quite curious not only how she died but of what was going on inside. The couple had been wanting to spend time in the house as it's in the country away from the city. They find several mysterious things within the house, which was turned topsy turvy from the inside...books and everything scattered about. The detective thinks the lady may have been frightened to death. They come up to visit with police there about the tragedy, and end up spending the night upstairs there, but are awakened frightfully by what appears to be a terrific storm. However, the night outside is rain, wind or lightning outside. It appears the storm is coming from within the house...gale force winds, thunder, and screeching cats. (To those of you who are Rush Limbaugh listeners, this particular sequence almost sounded, amusingly, like one of his old "Animal rights updates" minus Andy Williams singing.) After that episode (where their den is pretty much torn apart) the police detective who has become their friend through this investigation thinks someone else needs to be brought in...a college professor who also happens to be a parapsychologist. He finds evidence that black magic was practiced in that house. (The tenant, he says, wasn't a witch, or if she was was quite an amateur.) Looking at a discovery on the floor he says...well, here's part of his description of what he sees: "In the middle ages that material all around the inside of large circle would have been the skin of the victim who fastened to the ground by four nails from the coffin of an executed criminal. Don't be too alarmed, I think you'll find that this is only a simulation, as with the crude representations of the skull of what ought to be the skull of a "patricide"...someone who killed his father. The other three (symbols) are the horns of a goat, a male bat drowned in blood and a black cat who has been fed human flesh." Yeesh...wonder if Harry Potter ever learned that stuff? Fortunately, the prof is on their side, because he believes something evil has been set loose in the house...

Samantha Woods

A solid, supernatural mystery "procedural" as it were. The plot is unique, the characters well drawn (and not stereotypes). A good combination of mystery in figuring out exactly what is going on and "Exorcist" style action in the resolution.


as the old adage goes: truth can be stranger than fiction, & that's the truth.....not fiction(LOL). This story is most certainly worth a listen. It certainly kept me on the edge of my chair.


I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. An astounding mystery story that CBSRMT fans should never miss! Ian Martin’s captivating story involved of a dead Witch, an exorcism, and parapsychology. A great setup at the beginning, mysterious clues found in the middle, and a spine-tingling climax at the end. No character was dull and no plot point was perplexing. Another way to title this, would be “What Happened To Joanna Adams?” or even better: “The Unwanted Tenant.” Sound effects of the doors, dialing of the rotary phone, car engine, footsteps, the cat, tableware clinking, spice jars, stormy winds, tools, book pages, paper sheets, chimes, and the ghastly explosions were perfectly beneficial to this tale. The music tracks they used were wickedly splendid! Best music tracks were in the final Act during the Ceremony scene. It really puts you to the edge of your seat. In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall brings up the topic of the experience of subletting homes where they ended up “unspeakable.” In ACT-1, introduce our 2 main characters who received an unpleasant homecoming. In ACT-2, they survived the dramatic night and feel the joy of the morning, but later discover what’s hiding under the rug. In ACT-3, the Host’s detailed description of what’s under the rug involving shapes, sketches of animals, and symbols painted in black & blood red. In the end, he notions on what was involved in this story: Incantations, Exorcisms, the Grimoire, and Black Magic. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall references Necromancy along with the Bible verse of 1 Samuel 28:7. The narrations our Host gave us were informative and mesmerizing. And what's also mesmerizing, was our cast: Roberta Maxwell (as Jane Francis), Paul Hecht (as David Francis and Theodore Saxman), Lloyd Battista (as Lieutenant Harris Price), and Roger DeKoven (as Dr. Henry Wharton). It’s a shame that this was Roger DeKoven’s last episode because his performance was memorable as his roles in #0129- THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY and #0001-THE OLD ONES ARE HARD TO KILL. Lloyd Battista reminds me of his performance in #1245-THE JUDGE’S HOUSE where he acts observant, yet frightened. Kudos to Paul Hecht on his 2 roles. And Roberta Maxwell’s performance was wonderful, especially at the 26:08 mark when she said, “Black Magic?!?” Another remarkable episode that CBSRMT fans will adore, including its commercials of the Buick LeSabre and the Buick Regal. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D


My all time favorite spooky episode!


I just finished listening to this one. I was pretty good. It seems as though I missed a lot of the really classic episodes when they first aired.


Just back in their city apartment after two weeks in Europe, David and Jane Francis get a telephone call from the police in the town where they have a country home. They’re told the lease has been broken by the untimely and unexplainable death of their tenant, an elderly widow. When they reach their home, they find an unwanted tenant has taken possession, a tenant who may be difficult, if not impossible, to evict.


As someone who actually works in the ministry of spiritual deliverance and exocisms, this was a good representation although it is watered down a bit. This was a troubling supernatural thriller. It is one of the better shows of the series.

Jaime Contreras

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