Barbara Eden turns up as a divorced psychotherapist seeing things that aren’t there, and if the rest of the teleplay by Julie Moskowitz and Gary Stephens only played as well as the first 20 minutes or so, “Visions of Murder” would be a surefire thriller. It isn’t.
A frightened woman seeking help visits Eden’s office, but bails out after telling Eden she’s worried about how her Navy admiral-husband is treating their young daughter.
Eden, who had psychological problems several years before when her own baby was stillborn, worries about the upset mom, who again appears in her doorway but mysteriously vanishes.
Eden’s ex, homicide detective James Brolin, tries helping when Eden starts having hallucinations about the admiral appearing out of nowhere and grabbing her, or a man throwing a body off a pier.
Eden visits the woman’s house and sees the daughter for the first time. From then on, the admiral (Terry O’Quinn) threatens Eden and the spookiness goes up in smoke. ESP, maternal yearnings, an auto accident, illusions and murders surround her — yet she leaves her apartment door wide open when she gets home at night — but she forges ahead.
Resilient Eden will undoubtedly pile up ratings with this one. Brolin’s a good backup, and O’Quinn looks serious as he menaces. Erika Flores glowingly plays the daughter, and Joan Pringle offers a warm interp as Eden’s superior at the clinic. Anita Finlay as the upset mother is fine.
Director Michael Rhodes squeezes all the suspense he can out of the disappointing teleplay. Designer Paul Peters sets up a good facsimile of Frisco (only two days of exteriors were shot there) with his San Jose sites. Steven Shaw’s camerawork, David Handman’s editing contribute to the impression of the City by the Bay.
Michael Hoenig’s helpful score contributes to the eeriness of the vidpic.