Tonight on MeTV- it’s the eerie tale of a mysterious hypnotist/ ventriloquist whose skills may be more than just an act- and whose “co-star” may be more than a simple dummy ( no, not ME! ) A beautiful young woman becomes the target of the sinister showman- as he demonstrates his power over the “Devil Doll”!
I find it necessary to state- no, this is NOT the 1930s film we ran a few months ago, that featured Lionel Barrymore commanding shrunken human “dolls”! In this British film from 1964- we witness the stage act of the Great Vorelli- a master hypnotist with an obvious streak of cruelty. This becomes even more evident when he moves from hypnosis to ventriloquism-and displays some tension between himself and his dummy Hugo.
An American reporter working in London, Mark English, is rather miffed when he is assigned to cover Vorelli’s act- but decides to try to debunk his “powers”. He enlists his gorgeous girlfriend Marianne, who reluctantly agrees to be a volunteer when Vorelli asks someone from the audience to come forward and be part of the act. She makes a perfect subject- and, later, decides that Vorelli might just be the perfect entertainment for her wealthy aunt’s upcoming charity event. His female assistant does not appreciate her boss’ interest in the beauty when she shows up backstage. Vorelli, who already has recognized that Marianne is a well-known rich girl, agrees readily- and may just be planting some subconscious commands in the young lady’s mind!
Meanwhile, Mark is trying to figure out how Vorelli manages to animate Hugo- is he really just a dummy, or is he mechanical- or even a small person in a suit and mask? And- why does the hypnotist keep Hugo locked in a cage?
Marianne suddenly comes down with a strange illness- that doctors cannot explain- while Mark, as a result of a strange visitation, heads off to Berlin to get clues about Vorelli’s mysterious past. Things take darker and darker turns, between mental powers and murder- as the shocking fate planned for Marianne is revealed. Will Mark be able to save her- and derail Vorelli’s incredible agenda?
Those who appreciate stories with creepy dolls will definitely enjoy this macabre mystery! We’ll introduce the cast- including beautiful Yvonne Romain, last seen on our show as the mute servant who gave birth to future wolf man Oliver Reed in “Cry of the Werewolf”- and provide a new song, with yet another appearance by that wonderful woodwind woman Anita X. Orcist! Plus, we’ll remember a rare public appearance by a certain prehistoric rubber chicken- as well as presenting an interview that, due to a case of mistaken identity, brings back a classic comedy figure, as well as a vitriolic ventriloquist dummy from Sven’s past.
“Devil Doll” starts tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. If you need help finding what station and what time we appear in your area, please consult your local listings or visit www.metv.com . Live-tweeting on Twitter during the show continues- last week, we were among the top trending topics for the entire two hours of the program- so, MeTV invites you to join in, using the hashtag #svengoolie . Our local Chicago viewers get a final look ( is that even possible?) at Vincent Price in “The Invisible Man Returns” at 11 am on our main local station,CW26- home of the new hit series “Superman and Lois”.
Thanks to everyone who participated in MeTV’s #LOVESVEN event during this Valentine month of February! I have been very flattered by all the submissions, and grateful to be honored by our fans. Don’t forget- as the month ends- so does the special 14% discount on a selection of Sven merchandise in our store ( do I really have one? How many times must I ask?!) – just add the promo code LOVESVEN . Use it now, before it’s gone!
Join us tonight for a guy who puts words into someone else’s mouth- and dangerous commands into the minds of others- and- wait- did that dummy just move by itself?!