Starring Boris Karloff, Audrey Dalton, Alex Davison.
Written by Donald Sanford.
Directed by John Brahm.
Directed by John Brahm.
Mace the Mentalist (Karloff) is a showman who entertains audiences by predicting the future. When he has a premonition of a boxer getting killed, he's deeply disturbed and attempts to prevent it from happening. His colleagues dismiss it, but when it comes true and he has another, no one around him is safe...
PE: "The Prediction" is the first real “supernatural” episode of Thriller (although, as Lucy Chase Williams notes in her commentary, it’s more like One Step Beyond than what Thriller was heading into eventually) and, of course, the first to include host Boris Karloff in the story.
JS: Ahem — the Great Boris Karloff. If not for him, this episode would have been sorely lacking. He's got a real grandfatherly charm, and I was amazed at how physical his performance was. He's running around and getting tackled like a young turk... it's easy to forget he was an 73 year-old man!
PE: Karloff is not only the star attraction here, he’s the glue that holds this episode together. It’s got some huge plot holes, chief among them the lack of any explanation as to why Mace is suddenly getting these true psychic images. Ostensibly, he’s been nothing but a fraud all his career and now he’s deluged with images of death all around him.
JS: That sounds like a perfectly reasonable assumption to me.
PE: Like "The Watcher", I felt as though I was coming in halfway through the story. Unlike "The Watcher", this episode has Boris Karloff’s wonderful performance to keep my mind off the nonsense. I’d give it an extra Karloff just for…well, Karloff!
JS: In this case, I didn't feel that an explanation was necessary, precisely because it was supernatural. I was more troubled with Norine making out with her boyfriend so soon after learning her father's fate.
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JS: I'm sticking with Sturgess, who, for the record, we'll also be seeing again in "The Closed Cabinet." As for "The Prediction," it's neither one of the best nor the worst we've seen, but worthy of note for being the first to star Boris Karloff.
OUR COMMENTS ON THE COMMENTARY
PE: Lucy Chase Williams and Gary Gerani do an admirable job of filling our brains with movie and TV trivia and an equally admirable job of not stepping on each others’ lines. In the “old days” I wouldn’t think to buy a dvd unless it had a commentary. These days, after suffering through so many yawners (don’t even get me started on John Carpenter’s commentary for In The Mouth of Madness), I tend to skip them altogether. This one seemed to fly. I think I only nodded off once and for an older guy like me, that’s pretty good. I did like that Gerani jumped to the defense of Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Man From Planet X, a very atmospheric, almost noir science fiction flick that Williams dumps on.
JS: Be sure to watch for our interview with Gary Gerani, which will be posted later today!