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The Thirteenth Reunion 

Ruth, the reporter for the women's section of a magazine, is assigned by her editor to participate in the ten-weeks course of a new weight-loss organization called "Think Thin". According ... See full summary »

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Peter Sasdy

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Jeremy Burnham (screenplay)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Julia Foster ... Ruth
Dinah Sheridan ... Gwen
Richard Pearson ... Sir Humphrey Chesterton
Norman Bird ... Basil
George Innes ... Cedric
James Cosmo ... Willis (as James Cosmos)
Warren Clarke ... Ben
Gerard Kelly ... Andrew (as Gerrard Kelly)
Michael Latimer ... Dr. Bradley
Barbara Keogh Barbara Keogh ... Joan
Paula Jacobs Paula Jacobs ... Joyce
Roger Ostime Roger Ostime ... The Butler
Peter Dean Peter Dean ... Charlie
John Louis Mansi John Louis Mansi ... Rossi (as Louis Mansi)
Kevin Stoney ... Rothwell
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Ruth, the reporter for the women's section of a magazine, is assigned by her editor to participate in the ten-weeks course of a new weight-loss organization called "Think Thin". According to a letter from a reader, the course is very masochistic and depressing, destroying the self-esteem of the patient. Ruth makes a friend in the course, who dies in a car crash. During the funeral, an employee of the funeral house discloses weird events that are happening in his job. In her investigation, Ruth finds dark and macabre secrets. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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20 September 1980 (UK) See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Efficient non-supernatural thriller
28 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE THIRTEENTH REUNION is an odd little episode of HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR because I think it's the only story which isn't supernatural. The storyline concerns a female reporter whose new story is a new-fangled diet club where the participants are subjected to ruthless condemnation by their diet coaches. Soon enough the reporter discovers something more sinister is going on when people start turning up dead and a local funeral home is involved...

I wanted to like this a lot, but I'm afraid the suspense just wasn't there for me, despite the presence of Hammer veteran Peter Sasdy as director. The mystery is never particularly mysterious and the storyline feels a bit bloated despite the short running time, and it doesn't help that the lead characters are rather unsympathetic. Still, there are early roles for James Cosmo (GAME OF THRONES) and Warren Clarke, and the scene in which Cosmo has a go at a dieting woman is unintentionally hilarious.


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