THE NORLISS TAPES (1973)
Dir: Dan Curtis
One expects much better from seminal TV horror pioneer Dan Curtis than displayed in this rather throwaway witchcraft yarn. And yet many of the Curtis trademarks (put to such brilliant use in The Night Stalker and ensuing sequel and weekly series) are present: moody and rainy locales (here, Northern California and San Francisco), ominous narration, the slinky female with a dark past (Angie Dickinson) and above all the archetype of the lone investigator, beleaguered by his own personal demons prior to confronting supernatural horrors.
Celebrated author and debunker of occult claims and myths (Roy Thines, a familiar TV horror presence in the 70s to be sure) stumbles across a beautiful widow stalked by the reanimated corpse of her dead husband. All is recounted through flashbacks and the emotionally evocative device of recorded reel tapes left behind after Thines' mysterious disappearance.
And uh, not much else.
For true 70s TV horror completists only.