The Premonition (1976)

PG | 94 mins | Horror | 1976

Cinematographer:

Victor C. Milt

Editor:

Sidney Katz

Production Designer:

John Lawless

Production Company:

Galaxy Films
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HISTORY

       According to the 19 Sep 1975 HR, The Premonition was screened prior to its release at the New York-Montreal Psychic Film Festival in New York City, which was held between 21 and 27 Sep 1975.
       An undated article in the HR reported that The Premonition was produced on a budget of $850,000, much of it provided by twenty investors, who bought shares in the film for $10,000 each. It was released in more than twenty Los Angeles, CA, theaters as part of a double bill.
       Reviews in the 20 Nov 1975 DV and the 30 Jan 1976 HR compared The Premonition favorably with the work of director Val Lewton, as well as to the films Night Tide (1963, see entry) and Carnival of Souls (1962, see entry). However, the 14 Jan 1976 MPHPD called the film “a mess,” and the 5 May 1976 LAHExam described it as “lethargic.”

      The end credits conclude with the written statements: "Milky Way photo courtesy of The American Museum, Hayden Planetarium;" "Filmed in Mississippi;" "Special thanks to The State of Mississippi Film Commission and The Mississippi Highway ... More Less

       According to the 19 Sep 1975 HR, The Premonition was screened prior to its release at the New York-Montreal Psychic Film Festival in New York City, which was held between 21 and 27 Sep 1975.
       An undated article in the HR reported that The Premonition was produced on a budget of $850,000, much of it provided by twenty investors, who bought shares in the film for $10,000 each. It was released in more than twenty Los Angeles, CA, theaters as part of a double bill.
       Reviews in the 20 Nov 1975 DV and the 30 Jan 1976 HR compared The Premonition favorably with the work of director Val Lewton, as well as to the films Night Tide (1963, see entry) and Carnival of Souls (1962, see entry). However, the 14 Jan 1976 MPHPD called the film “a mess,” and the 5 May 1976 LAHExam described it as “lethargic.”

      The end credits conclude with the written statements: "Milky Way photo courtesy of The American Museum, Hayden Planetarium;" "Filmed in Mississippi;" "Special thanks to The State of Mississippi Film Commission and The Mississippi Highway Patrol."
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 1975.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 1976
p. 3, 46.
Hollywood Reporter
May 1976.
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner
5 May 1976.
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Los Angeles Times
5 May 1976
p. 15.
New York Times
20 May 1976
p. 44.
Variety
26 Nov 1976
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Galaxy Films Production
A Robert Allen Schnitzer Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Asst prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Lighting dir
Key grip
2d unit cam
Asst cam
2d asst cam
2nd grip
Col stills
2d elec
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
SET DECORATORS
Toys and accessories furnished by
Vehicles furnished by
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus comp and performed
Electronic mus
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Vocals
Re-rec
Sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod assoc
Financial counsel
Prod coord
Prod coord
Casting consultant
Consultant
Consultant
Consultant
Consultant
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
DETAILS
Release Date:
1976
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 5 May 1976
New York opening: 19 May 1976
Copyright Claimant:
Galaxy Film Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
14 December 1978
Copyright Number:
PA21562
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Camera by Panavision
Duration(in mins):
94
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
24311
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Former mental patient and composer Andrea Fletcher meets with Jude, a carnival clown, at his trailer. Among a stack of photographs Jude has taken of carnival patrons, he identifies a child as Andrea’s daughter, Janie. At nearby Dover College, Dr. Miles Bennett, Janie’s adoptive father, meets parapsychologist Dr. Jeena Kingsly. Jeena describes her current study that will determine whether people can receive telepathic messages through their dreams. Miles, an astronomer, is highly skeptical. Meanwhile, Andrea stands outside a fenced-in schoolyard and calls to Janie, who does not answer. Miles’s wife, Sheri, witnesses the incident and later asks Janie about the strange woman, but Janie is only concerned about visiting the carnival, even though she was there the previous day. That evening, Jude tells Andrea that he has acquired an abandoned house by a lake where they can hide after abducting Janie. The next day, Jeena, determined to convince Miles of the validity of her work, invites him to her seminar, and later to dinner. At home, Sheri cancels lunch plans with her friend Lenore because she had spent much of the night comforting Janie, who was having nightmares. Later, Sheri is haunted by terrifying mental images of Andrea and Jude as she drives to Janie’s school. That night, while Lenore visits with Sheri, Janie is again plagued by nightmares. Miles, meantime, enjoys the carnival with Jeena. Later in the evening, while Sheri is asleep in the living room, Andrea enters the house undetected and goes to Janie’s room, where she cuddles the child in a rocking chair. Sheri awakens, hurries to Janie’s room and overpowers ... +


Former mental patient and composer Andrea Fletcher meets with Jude, a carnival clown, at his trailer. Among a stack of photographs Jude has taken of carnival patrons, he identifies a child as Andrea’s daughter, Janie. At nearby Dover College, Dr. Miles Bennett, Janie’s adoptive father, meets parapsychologist Dr. Jeena Kingsly. Jeena describes her current study that will determine whether people can receive telepathic messages through their dreams. Miles, an astronomer, is highly skeptical. Meanwhile, Andrea stands outside a fenced-in schoolyard and calls to Janie, who does not answer. Miles’s wife, Sheri, witnesses the incident and later asks Janie about the strange woman, but Janie is only concerned about visiting the carnival, even though she was there the previous day. That evening, Jude tells Andrea that he has acquired an abandoned house by a lake where they can hide after abducting Janie. The next day, Jeena, determined to convince Miles of the validity of her work, invites him to her seminar, and later to dinner. At home, Sheri cancels lunch plans with her friend Lenore because she had spent much of the night comforting Janie, who was having nightmares. Later, Sheri is haunted by terrifying mental images of Andrea and Jude as she drives to Janie’s school. That night, while Lenore visits with Sheri, Janie is again plagued by nightmares. Miles, meantime, enjoys the carnival with Jeena. Later in the evening, while Sheri is asleep in the living room, Andrea enters the house undetected and goes to Janie’s room, where she cuddles the child in a rocking chair. Sheri awakens, hurries to Janie’s room and overpowers Andrea, who grabs one of Janie’s dolls and runs from the house to rendezvous with Jude. Miles returns home to find the house surrounded by police cars and curious neighbors. Detective Lieutenant Mark Denver arrives to question the parents. The next morning, at their lakeside hideout, Jude is furious with Andrea for failing in her mission, though Andrea behaves as if the stolen doll is Janie. Jude enrages Andrea by pulling off the doll’s head, and when she taunts him over his inability to be a father, he stabs her to death. Meanwhile, Lt. Denver returns to the Bennett house, where Miles explains that Sheri is very protective of Janie, who was adopted after Sheri’s two pregnancies ended tragically. Later, Sheri is horrified when a layer of frost forms on the bathroom mirror. Miles goes to her aid, but the frost suddenly disappears. Lt. Denver visits the riverside home of Todd Fletcher, Andrea’s ex-husband, who is confined to a wheelchair. He informs the detective that Andrea, unwilling to care for a disabled husband, left him and took Janie, whom she proceeded to neglect. Andrea was committed to a mental hospital after appearing for a concert in the nude and “half out of her mind.” Todd shows Lt. Denver a trunk containing Andrea’s musical compositions, and gives him a letter with her current address. When Lt. Denver visits Andrea’s building, the landlady gives him a detailed description of Jude. While cleaning Janie’s room, Sheri is terrorized by a vision of Andrea covered in blood and laughing maniacally. That night, she relates the incident to Miles, who remains skeptical. In bed, Miles and Sherri's lovemaking is interrupted by a phone call. Over the phone, Sheri hears the voice of Andrea, saying that she is coming for her child. Miles urges Sheri to make an appointment with Jeena. The next day, as Sheri and Janie drive to the college, the windshield and rear window become covered in frost, and the brakes cease to function, causing a wreck. Sheri is hospitalized, while the uninjured Janie finds her way to the carnival. When the phone rings in her hospital room, Sheri is horrified by the voice of Andrea, doting over Janie. Upon being released from the hospital, Sheri directs Miles to Jude’s lakeside hideout. Meanwhile, at the carnival, Jude has taken Janie into his trailer, but is unable to amuse the despondent child. He asks for the assistance of his coworker, the Gypsy Lady, who insists that Janie be taken to a doctor, but Jude refuses. Soon after, Lt. Denver appears at the trailer, but is unable to glean any information from Jude. After finding Janie’s doll and other evidence of Andrea’s presence at the hideout, Sheri declares, “there is death in this lake.” They summon the police, who pull Andrea’s body from the water. Jeena later tests Sheri’s clairvoyance by showing her a painting of Andrea, which secretes blood from the eyes and nose. Sheri has a vision of Andrea composing music in a field as a horse grazes nearby. Sheri sings the melody that Andrea is playing and says that Janie is alive. Jeena concludes that Janie’s location is someplace where horses are present. Lt. Denver brings a transcription of the tune to Todd, who helps the detective locate the original manuscript. At the carnival, the Gypsy Lady fears for Janie’s safety, but is strangled by Jude when she tries to call the police. Sheri senses Janie’s depression and believes that her daughter will die if she is not rescued soon. Jeena determines that Janie can be saved if Andrea’s posthumous anger is converted to love, and arranges for Sheri to give a public performance of Andrea’s music. That night, while Sheri plays the harpsichord to a small crowd in front of a government building, Jude leaves the carnival with his trailer in tow, on the side of which is the image of a horse. Sheri’s performance increases in intensity as she channels Andrea. When Jude arrives, Miles forces his way into the trailer, followed by Lt. Denver, and they discover the Gypsy Lady’s body. Janie is drawn to the music and escapes from Jude. She faints as Sheri rushes to her, and the crowd gradually disperses. +

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