Of course, I could be confusing myself with Tracy Middendorf’s Erin on The Dark Side of the Door episode of Murder, She Wrote (Season 12, Episode 15).
Here Middendorf, best known to terror freaks as the doomed babysitter in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) and as a stalked runner in Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct: Lightning (1995), plays a budding editor, who recognizes the specifics of her childhood kidnapping in a famous author’s long awaited novel.
This writer played by Twin Peaks’ Richard Beymer (also of fun n bloody sequel Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!) also spends some premium episode time romancing a senior editor played by amazing genre icon Meg Foster (They Live, Stepfather II, Welcome to Arrow Beach). Foster is soft spoken yet firm here especially as Beymer betrays her and she learns what plenty of Big Gay Horror Fans already know – men just can’t be trusted.
Before Angela Lansbury’s flinty heroine JB Fletcher uncovers the truths behind Erin’s past, further fun is found watching veteran actress Marcia Strassman (best known for her comedic roles on Welcome Back Kotter and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) play against type as Erin’s glamorous eventually duplicitous mother.
Meanwhile, 10 years previously, Foster made her first appearance on this seminal series (Joshua Peabody Died Here, Season 2, Episode 2). In one of the premium plots on the show’s best years, Foster is a determined newscaster whose motives might be deeper and darker than they seem. With her seductive eyes and whiskey coated voice, Foster stands out among a genre cast including the late-great Michael Sarrazin (Frankenstein: The True Story, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud), The Addams Family’s John Astin, television heartthrob John Ericson (Charles Band’s possessed car epic Crash!, the seminal Honey West) as the focus of Foster’s investigative rage and cowboy legend, B-Movie regular Chuck Connors (Tourist Trap, Werewolf, Maniac Killer).
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