EPISODE 94: Can you see them, Sally, lurking in the shadows? They're alive, Sally. They want you to be one of them when the lights go out... We discuss one of the most famous telefilms of the movie-of-the-week era - Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
It's our big, big, BOOK CLUB episode, put together by you! Join us as the TV TERROR community comes together with audio clips and essays about their favorite TV-related reads. And if that weren't enough, we're joined by DAN STOUT, author of the acclaimed new novel, TITAN SHADE. We discuss his book, his process, and his television influences.
In this direct sequel to the first Kolchak telefilm, a victim of the Las Vegas vampire journeys to Los Angeles and begins a new cycle of feeding -- only Kolchak will recognize the pattern of vampirism.
Just several years after Young Frankenstein, CBS gave us another comedic take on the Frankenstein monster, starring Jack Elam and Jeffrey Kramer. It's STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, the short-lived sitcom from 1979.
When two smugglers (Tom Atkins, Howard Hesseman) fly to California with an illicit load of Ecuadorian coffee, little do they suspect that there are deadly stowaways in the cargo hold, the eight-legged kind, with a venom that kills like the plague. A CBS Wednesday Movie from 1977 with an all-star cast.
EPISODE 89: THE LAST DINOSAUR (1977): There's a prehistoric paradise in the polar ice cap, a lost world teeming with creatures thought long-extinct, and Masten Thrust, Jr. (Richard Boone) will take us there.
As mentioned in the show, here's that vintage making-of featurette: https://youtu.be/G9wcpETW9pY
While investigating a quasar-like formation, the shuttle Galileo commanded by Mr. Spock crash lands on a planet inhabited by ape-like creatures who aim to destroy the marooned crew before they can orchestrate an escape. Part monster-of-the-week episode, this Star Trek siege story is worthy of our study as a TV TERROR specimen. Rockford Jay of The Retroist Clubhouse contributes a segment. LISTEN IN...
It's all aboard for danger with an all-star cast: Lloyd Bridges, Yvette Mimieux, E.G. Marshall, and William Shatner. Two packed commuter trains hurtling toward each other on the same track! Hundreds of lives in peril! One man fights against impossible odds to save them!...in an ABC Sunday Night Movie from 1979. LISTEN IN...
Based on the novel by Stephen King, NBC adapts CARRIE as a television event in 2002, starring Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson and David Keith. Carrie White is an object of scorn and ridicule until the night of the senior prom when she unleashes her fury.
EARTHQUAKE!... Jackie Cooper, Stella Stevens, and Cleavon Little star in THE DAY THE EARTH MOVED (1974). Jennifer Garner and Tom Skerritt star in AFTERSHOCK: EARTHQUAKE in NEW YORK (1999). If this episode doesn't shake you, nothing will.
Don't miss GIALLOctober: https://player.vimeo.com/video/293434147
Happy New Year! It's twin twisters for the New Year as John Schneider and Bruce Campbell face down tornadoes in the Twister-inspired films from 1996, NIGHT OF THE TWISTERS and TORNADO!
This ABC Movie of the Week from 1975 rides the Exorcist wave as Doug McClure and Kim Novak find themselves trapped aboard a ship in a diabolical stretch of ocean known as The Devil's Triangle.
Television anthologies are magic. They're like many shows rolled up in one. Mark Cain of Anthologic Podcast joins me to run down a bunch of them. We discuss our mutual fascination with the form and some of our favorite specimens. Plus a super-sneaky secret Christmas bonus inside. No fair peeking.
Music by E's Jammy Jams
A businessman suffering from nervous exhaustion jets away to Hawaii to unwind, but his troubles only intensify when he receives his inheritance, a bloodline curse that transforms him into a werewolf.
Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror/ Castle Talk Podcast invites Anthony Rotolo of TV TERROR podcast to discuss the Movie-of-the-Week golden age, podcasting, and more. We range and rove the hidden valley of programming past, a fertile land once inhabited by giants. They're gone, but their stories live on. You'll hear tell of scary hippies, zuni fetish dolls, and things that lurk in dark shadows and collective memory, and how oral tradition continues through the art and craft of podcasting. LISTEN IN...Special thanks to Jason for allowing me to feature this recording as an installment of TV TERROR.
Happy Thanksgiving! Nothing evokes the day like an E.T. home invasion, so that's our topic this time out. It's the obscure UPN film, ALIEN ABDUCTION: INCIDENT IN LAKE COUNTY, a found footage film released one year before Blair Witch popularized the sub-genre, all about a hapless family who finds themselves besieged by otherworldly invaders. We also chat about The Munsters, so grab a drumstick and join us, won't you?
It's a Shirley Jackson themed episode as TV TERROR explores the new Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House (2018) and an older adaptation of her famous short story, The Lottery (1969).
On October 30th, 1938, Orson Welles terrified a nation through the young medium of radio when he presented H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds as a Halloween offering. The panic that ensued is legendary and is captured in the ABC Friday Movie of the Week from 1975.
Immediately after the success of DUEL, Steven Spielberg set to work on a possession story titled, SOMETHING EVIL (1972), featuring Sandy Dennis, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy, and Johnny Whitaker. Unknown to many and underrated by some, this CBS telefilm merits discussion. I'm joined by genre expert and author John Kenneth Muir to explore this gem from the Movie of the Week golden age.
Richard Masur, John Astin and Kristy Swanson star in Disney's modern spooky classic, MR. BOOGEDY, the tale of a family who moves to their dream home only to find it haunted by a tyrannical ghost. MR. BOOGEDY first aired on Disney's Sunday Movie in 1986. I'm joined by Kyle Chamberlain of The Movie City Maniacs podcast.
Music by: WaveToys
Rod Serling is as grand a subject as The Twilight Zone for which he is known. But did you know that he had established himself as the preeminent writer for television before he ever breached The Fifth Dimension? We trace his early career with author Nick Parisi, whose book, Rod Serling: His Life, Work and Imagination has just been released.
The end of summer signals new beginnings: We inaugurate season four. We usher in the autumn. We mark the days till Halloween. Like the capricious falling of leaves, this is a freewheeling episode. I hope you'll join me and a few surprise friends as they drop by to share their thoughts on the spooky season.
As we close out Season 3 of TV TERROR PODCAST, we speak with Jason V. Brock, author, artist, and director of the definitive documentary about Charles Beaumont. Beaumont is a towering but tragic figure, who aided Rod Serling in pioneering a new and ascendant medium called television.
TV TERROR PODCAST takes you higher. An unspeakable evil has boarded an international flight and it's up to the crew and its passengers to mollify angry spirits if they're ever to touch down safely. William Shatner and Roy Thinnes star.