EPISODE 110: Starsky & Hutch was one of the top cop shows of the 1970s. A police drama grounded in the real world, our favorite buddy team nevertheless had occasion to go up against the supernatural. In this case, a vampire, played by John Saxon.
EPISODE 109: THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE (1970): The legendary Barbara Stanwyck (The Big Valley) has got restless spirits on her hands after moving into an inherited family manse with her niece (Kitty Winn, The Exorcist). With the help of a medium and the professor next door (Richard Egan), she must uncover the secret that imprisons these ghosts of the past. A haunting ABC Movie of the Week.
Robert Culp (I SPY, Columbo, Greatest American Hero) is a man driven to take matters into his own hands after he is harassed by out-of-control teens. A telefilm released in the era of Walking Tall and Death Wish, it is based on true events, a tale of do-it-yourself justice. Malcolm Johnson of The Horror Show contributes a segment.
One of the most lavish productions of Mary Shelley's immortal classic was told on the small screen as FRANKENSTEIN THE TRUE STORY (1973), starring Michael Sarrazin, Jane Seymour, and James Mason. I'm joined by my friend, Canadian filmmaker, actor, audio dramatist Anthony DP Mann to tackle this literate NBC mini-series. LISTEN IN...
Peter Graves (Mission Impossible, Scream of the Wolf) and a young Kathleen Quinlan (Event Horizon) co-star in WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE? (1974), about a father, son, and daughter who find themselves coping in a post-apocalyptic world. This time, the world-wrecker is a sudden, massive solar flare, poisoning exposed human beings with radiation and reducing them to piles of dust.
One of film's great franchises crash landed on the small screen in 1974, giving us THE PLANET of the APES, The Television Series. Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, and James Naughton are our trio of heroes, fugitives in a future world where apes rule men. We explore the Pilot as well as episode #12, The Cure, a story about contagion. At this time of worldwide concern over the virus COVID-19, this episode goes out with warm wishes for health and safety.
CORONAVIRUS EDITION: In light of Coronavirus worries, it's opportune to discuss BBC's classic post-apocalyptic series, SURVIVORS (1975), in which Chinese scientists unleash an engineered virus, triggering a pandemic, and wiping out all but a remnant who remain to rebuild.
We pass through the Twilight Zone to pause and consider the great life of Carol Serling, wife of Rod Serling and keeper of the Twilight Zone torch. While there, I visit with Mark Cain of ANTHOLOGIC podcast to discuss the iconic episode, Time Enough At Last (1959).
We usher in 2020 with talk of the Dan Curtis (1973) and BBC (2007) productions of FRANKENSTEIN. These adaptations are a study in contrast: we're given a gothic treatment by Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis, while BBC updates the core story for the biological engineering age of stem cell research. Happy New Year, everyone!
TV TERROR is on location in New York to meet with our friend, Kevin Shinick, author of the new book, STAR WARS: FORCE COLLECTOR, which coincides with the broad release of Episode IX. We discuss the novel, his work in film and television, and what he's watching for Christmas. Join us!
EPISODE 100: In this landmark episode, we celebrate the yuletide with the help of our special friend -- actor, filmmaker, and audio dramatist, Anthony DP Mann, who joins me in a our main discussion about 1984's CBS Presentation of A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott. This version is renowned for its fidelity and excellence, an annual tradition for many who cherish Dickens' most famous ghost story. And Rockford Jay weighs in to discuss some related artifacts. Won't you make merry with us?
EPISODE 99: Robert Forster and Melvyn Douglas star in the ABC Movie of the Week, THE DEATH SQUAD (1974), a story about cops who take the law into their own hands and the one standout who goes up against them. We take a moment to give thanks and to remember Forster, whom we lost this season. Thanks to all who listen to this show. LISTEN IN....
Special thanks to Vic Sage and the use of his article, available in full here: https://popcultureretrorama.com/2019/10/12/rest-in-peace-robert-forster-1941-2019/
It's a Halloween party! I'm joined by some podcaster friends and special guests, THE TATERS to discuss TV Terror programming, classic horror hosts, and more! This one is being released just after midnight on Halloween to celebrate the spooky season.
Paul Lynde was among the most hilarious comedic talents working during the 1960s and 1970s. Famous for Hollywood Squares and his many film and television appearances, his legacy includes a HALLOWEEN SPECIAL like none other. I'm joined by Rockford Jay (Saturday Frights) to discuss Lynde and this one-of-a-kind show.
I take it from the hip this week to chat about some news and what I've been watching, namely the Netflix show MARIANNE and the 1999 series, ROSWELL. Then we visit with Mark Cain's KINGOLOGY podcast to talk the Stephen King miniseries THE LANGOLIERS from 1995, in this special crossover segment. Join us!
I'm joined by my friend and colleague, actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, podcaster, Anthony D.P. Mann. We discuss his exciting new audio drama release, RETURN TO FRIGHTENSTEIN. We also shoot the breeze about what we've been watching and what excites us most among current genre offerings. It's a fun and freewheeling talk. Join us and LISTEN IN....
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.