Carol Kane and Charles Durning reprise their roles from the classic babysitter-in-peril movie, When A Stranger Calls (1979) as a former victim and P.I. who will protect a young woman from a demented stalker in the sequel telefilm, When A Stranger Calls Back (1993).
From the producers who gave us Tales from the Darkside came an equally ghoulish television show called MONSTERS, a half-hour monster-of-the-week creature feature that is sure to awaken the beastie in you. Join us.
A family in Enfield, England are terrorized by a Poltergeist, provoking one of the most famous paranormal investigations in history. Timothy Spall and Eleanor Worthington-Cox star in this frightening miniseries from 2015.
A family rides a downward spiral when their teenage son destroys himself with drugs. Robby Benson stars in The Death of Richie, a disturbing cautionary tale about substance abuse.
A ringing phone haunts Elizabeth Ashley in When Michael Calls (1972). Is it her dead nephew Michael on the line? Ben Gazzara and Michael Douglas co-star in an ABC Movie of the Week adapted from the John Farris novel and directed by Philip Leacock.
Adapted from the Herbert Lieberman novel, Crawlspace (1971), this 1972 CBS telefilm tells the cautionary tale of a childless retired couple, named Albert and Alice Graves who adopt a stray young man whom they discover living in the crawlspace in their basement.
When an awkward teen kills a young girl, his mother evades the authorities by hiding him in a secret room in the house. Now, Mom is dead, but Ronald remains, watching, watching from behind the walls as a new family moves into the home. This ABC Movie of the Week has achieved cult status for its creepy premise, becoming one of the most famous made-for-television films of its era.
Stacy Keach finds himself a prisoner on an isolated country farm at the hands of a clan of orphans. All The Kind Strangers (1974) is a down-home thriller produced for ABC Movie of the Week. The film co-stars John Savage, Robby Benson, and Samantha Eggar.
Darren McGavin fights to the death on a remote island in a war reduced to two men. This ABC Movie of the Week aired in 1970 and shares DNA with such films as The Most Dangerous Game. Get ready for a rumble in the jungle.
We remember Leonard Nimoy's work in the classic series, IN SEARCH OF (1977-1982). From Bigfoot to Loch Ness, from Amelia Earhart to UFO cover-ups, the In Search Of cameras travel the world, seeking out these great mysteries.
It's an amazing thing when our favorite TV characters walk off the small screen and onto the pages of a good book. Sometimes a novel forms the basis of a television production. Other times, a show is so popular that it expands its territory to the printed domain. Either way, it's a win-win TV TERROR tie-in. Join the club and join our community for an epic discussion about YOUR favorite TV TERROR reads.
When a young woman's body is found in Louisiana bayou country, Marsh Island is abuzz with theories. Was she mauled by dogs? Was it the work of a murderer? It's up to the Sheriff to find out. David Jannsen, Barbara Rush, Geoffrey Lewis, and Bradford Dillman co-star in a southern fried werewolf mystery based on the book by Les Whitten.
Our paws are all over the top dog of Saturday morning, SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! (1969-72). Kevin Shinick, writer of the 2015 animated movie, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, joins us to explore Scooby's enduring appeal.
James Farentino stars as a derelict priest who gets a second chance at life by fighting evil. This NBC telefilm also stars Harrison Ford in a supporting role mere days before his breakout role as Han Solo. Timing is everything. This telefilm is largely forgotten compared to Star Wars, but it's a supernatural chiller that's worthy of our attention.
The earth has slipped out of its elliptical orbit and is drifting closer to the sun in a Twilight Zone nightmare penned by Rod Serling. We pause to reflect on a New Year, another trip around the sun, and what better way to ready ourselves for another journey than with a classic Twilight Zone episode that muses upon our relationship with our neighbor star? Besides, it's TZ marathon time, so here's one to get us started.
We chat with Emmy Award-winning writer/actor/producer, Kevin Shinick about his mentor, Tony Randall, in a special bonus installment of TV TERROR that follows up our Odd Couple Christmas Carol episode. Join us!
In the 1970 episode, "Scrooge Gets An Oscar," from The Odd Couple's first season, we get a hilarious take on the world's most famous ghost story. I'm joined by special friends, Anthony D. P. Mann and Barry Yuen for some fun banter about everyone's favorite mispaired friends. Look for Anthony D.P. Mann's own A CHRISTMAS CAROL audio production, now available from Bleak December and Brilliance Audio!
Sally Field was transitioning from her Gidget/Flying Nun period to new kinds of roles when this opportunity presented itself. Some see it as a proto-slasher, a film ahead of its time, down to the iconic look of the killer. One thing's for sure, you'll want to add this TV movie by John Llewellyn Moxey and Joseph Stefano to your Christmas rotation of films. Why go to the theater when you can be Home for the Holidays?
It was a modern means of keeping alive the old tradition of telling scary stories during the Christmas season. Although the series has been revived in recent years, the run spanning 1971- 1978 represents BBC's original strand of supernatural tales, starring classic actors such as Denholm Elliott and the directing talents of Lawrence Gordon Clark and bringing to life the works (chiefly) of M.R. James and Charles Dickens. It's BBC's Ghost Stories for Christmas, just in time for the holidays. On this episode, we explore the 1977 offering, STIGMA, starring Kate Binchy.
Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to all. We pick up the theme of pilgrims and witchery with Crowhaven Farm (1970), an Aaron Spelling Production, starring Hope Lange and Paul Burke as a childless couple who look for a fresh start in an ancestral farm house. Look for the venerable Cyril Delevanti (The Twilight Zone, Thriller, Night Gallery) as the elder town historian who tells us Crowhaven's dark past, a legacy that calls to its new inhabitants.
We take the occasion of Charles Manson's death to visit the docudrama, Helter Skelter, starring Steve Railsback. The murders that shocked a nation have reverberated for decades and so it is worth noting the death of the man who directed those senseless killings. This excellent telefilm was produced close in time to the actual events and tells the story without any sense of exploitation.
We take a look at the ill-fated Tales of the Unexpected from powerhouse producer, Quinn Martin. The feature-length Force of Evil (1977) stars Lloyd Bridges as a man who must protect his family from the vengeful ex-convict who is stalking them.
When David Banner gets an overdose of gamma radiation, it awakens an inner-monster who is triggered by rage, transforming the doctor into The Incredible Hulk. We take a look a the 1978 pilot telefilm by Kenneth Johnson, starring Bill Bixby and Susan Sullivan.
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW ranks as a high watermark for the horror genre, not just in television, but in any medium. Directed by Frank DeFelitta (Audrey Rose, The Entity) from the script by J.D. Feigelson and starring Larry Drake and Charles Durning, it's a terrifying exercise in otherworldly justice.
Squeezing in a bonus show for October: HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL (1957-1963) was grounded in the real world of the Old West, but in the episode, EVERYMAN, Paladin draws the Tarot Death Card and experiences a brush with the supernatural. Richard Boone stars.