Night Slaves

Night Slaves is a 1970 American television science fiction horror film[1] directed by Ted Post and starring James Franciscus and Lee Grant.[2]. It was based on a 1965 novel by science fiction writer Jerry Sohl, best known for writing episodes of The Outer Limits, Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and as ghostwriter for Charles Beaumont on three episodes of The Twilight Zone. Night Slaves aired as part of the ABC Network's Movie of the Week series. Other TV movies in the series included Duel, The Night Stalker and Killdozer.

Night Slaves
Directed byTed Post
Produced byEverett Chambers
Written byEverett Chambers
Robert Specht
Jerry Sohl (novel)
StarringJames Franciscus
Lee Grant
Andrew Prine
Leslie Nielsen
Music byBernardo Segall
Release date
September 29, 1970
CountryUnited States


Clay and Marjorie, an estranged married couple, take a vacation together while Clay recuperates from a serious auto accident. They end up in a sleepy little town which seems to be normal, except at night when the townspeople begin acting strangely and leave town in trucks, always returning by morning. Marjorie also begins to act strangely, and no one has any memories of their nighttime activities. Only Clay is unaffected due to the presence of a metal plate in his head, and no one believes his story.


The TV movie features the debut of actress Sharon Gless. The teleplay was co-written by Robert Specht who had contributed to the TV series The Outer Limits and The Immortal.

Sohl noted that he was "very pleased with the whole a matter of fact, it interested me. They did a marvelous job."[3]

Ted Post had directed Franciscus the year before on Beneath the Planet of the Apes and had high regard for Franciscus as an actor. Post worked as a director on TV series, TV movies and theatrical films but brought more than the usual "director-for-hire" ethos, often seeking to improve scripts or refine actors' performances to meet the needs of the material.[4]



The film originally aired on September 29, 1970 on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).

The film has never officially been released on VHS or DVD.

See also


  3. Sohl Man: An Interview with Jerry Sohl,” Filmfax #75-76 (Oct. 1999/Jan. 2000)
  4. Joe Russo and Larry Landsman, Planet of the Apes Revisited (2001)
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