|Directed by||Ted Post|
|Produced by||Everett Chambers|
|Written by||Everett Chambers
Jerry Sohl (novel)
|Music by||Bernardo Segall|
Night Slaves is a 1970 American television science fiction horror film directed by Ted Post. Based on a 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 "Movie of the Week" series of TV movies produced for the ABC (other TV movies as part of this series was Duel, The Night Stalker, Killdozer)and starred film and TV actor James Franciscus and Lee Grant.
Jerry Sohl the author of the original novel noted that he was "very pleased with the whole thing...as a matter of fact, it interested me. They did a marvelous job."
Ted Post had directed Franciscus the year before on Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the first sequel in the Planet of The Apes film series, 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.
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 (and Marjorie) begin acting strangely file into trucks and head out of town. They always return by morning, and no one has any memories of the night before. Only Clay is unaffected due to the presence of a metal plate in his head, and no one believes his story.
- James Franciscus as Clay Howard
- Lee Grant as Marjorie Howard
- Scott Marlowe as Matt Russell
- Andrew Prine as Fess Beany / Noel
- Tisha Sterling as Annie Fletcher / Naillil
- Leslie Nielsen as Sheriff Henshaw
- Morris Buchanan as Mr. Hale
- John Kellogg as Mr. Fletcher
The film originally aired on September 29, 1970 on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).