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The Pretender: Island of the Haunted

The Pretender: Island of the Haunted is the second of two made-for-television films based on the television series The Pretender. It originally aired on TNT on December 10, 2001.

The Pretender: Island of the Haunted
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Created bySteven Long Mitchell
Craig W. Van Sickle
Written bySteven Long Mitchell
Craig W. Van Sickle
Directed byFrederick King Keller
StarringMichael T. Weiss
Andrea Parker
Patrick Bauchau
Jon Gries
Richard Marcus
Jamie Denton
Harve Presnell
Paul Dillon
Theme music composerVelton Ray Bunch
Country of originUnited States USA
Original language(s)English
Running time96 minutes
Original networkTNT Network
Original releaseDecember 10, 2001 (original airdate)
March 13, 2007 (DVD)
Preceded byThe Pretender 2001
Followed byNone


The film begins with Jarod working as a professor and searching for a mysterious artifact. Both he and Ms. Parker received e-mails containing a photograph of their mothers standing side by side at the end of the previous film, and it is revealed that the artifact Jarod is searching for appears in the photograph, engraved on a wall behind the two women. Jarod's search leads him to a shopkeeper who shows Jarod a small hidden compartment below his store, where the picture of his mother and Mrs. Parker was apparently taken. The shopkeeper believes the shop to be haunted, as occult worship once took place there, and tells Jarod that the engraving on the wall is evidence of this. Meanwhile, Ms. Parker visits the store and leaves with a small doll, then returns to the Centre, where she shows the doll to Angelo. Angelo goes into a fit, drawing a perfect picture of the engraving, and then draws a picture of an old monastery, calling it an "Evil Place" and chanting 'Evil People, Evil Place' repeatedly. The monastery is on the Isle of the Haunted, where Jarod has gone to find his mother. Ms. Parker follows.

A hunt begins for a set of scrolls containing prophecies on the Isle of Carthis. Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) and Ms. Parker (Andrea Parker) form an uneasy alliance in order to learn the history behind The Centre. While tracing her lineage, Ms. Parker discovers that her supposed father, Mr. Parker (Harve Presnell), is actually her uncle, and that she is actually the daughter of William Raines (Richard Marcus). The Centre's original founder, Ms. Parker's ancestor, is revealed to have once resided on Carthis. In light of these discoveries, Ms. Parker's allegiance starts to waver. She turns Jarod over to the Centre authorities once they reach the mainland, but later confronts her "father", Jarod, Raines, and Lyle (James Denton) onboard their plane. When Jarod goads Mr. Parker into looking at the text of the scrolls, Parker is stunned by what he reads. He grabs the scrolls, then parachutes out of the plane, apparently to his death.

On Raines' orders, Lyle murders the plane's pilot and co-pilot, but the plane's electronics are shorted out by Mr. Parker's exit. Jarod convinces Lyle and Raines to release him so he can safely land the plane using his aircraft knowledge while Miss Parker and Lyle try to re-connect the electronics before the plane crashes. They succeed, and during the crash-landing Jarod escapes. With Mr. Parker seemingly dead, Mr. Raines assumes control of the Centre, and the chase between Jarod and Ms. Parker resumes. In addition, Lyle begins working independently to capture Jarod, and Raines makes it clear that Ms. Parker will face severe consequences if she fails to bring Jarod in first. During one of Jarod and Ms. Parker's infrequent phone conversations, Ms. Parker expresses sympathy for Jarod and his mission, but sadly warns that she will continue to try and capture him.

The story ends with the coveted scrolls washing up on a deserted beach. Their text seems to prophesy both the formation of the Centre and the appearance of a Chosen One ... "a boy named Jarod."


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