As we anticipate the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, I thought I’d float a show about the 1990 mini-series (we all float down here). This one does many things well and scores high on the creep factor scale. Of course, we’re all dying to see how the new Pennywise stacks up against Tim Curry’s clown.
It’s the TV TERROR Season One grand finale… Episode 24: Dan Curtis’ DRACULA (1973)! Jack Palance wears the cape and Dan Curtis directs from a script by Richard Matheson. Visiting with me in the great green living room are special guests, Anthony D. P. Mann and Barry Yuen, both highly qualified to plumb the depths of one of the finest productions of its kind. Grab a wooden stake and join us, why don’t you….
Think “Amityville Junior” and you’ve got 1991’s Fox Television feature, THE HAUNTED. The Smurl family was purportedly terrorized in their own home by malevolent entities, leading to an Ed and Lorraine Warren investigation.
When waves of wounded arrive at the 4077, the sleep-deprived crew find no rest in their slumbers. They’re plagued with nightmares in a surreal landscape as the horrors of war seep into their dreams.
It was the television event of the decade, traumatizing viewers the world over and influencing the most powerful leaders on earth. It was THE DAY AFTER (1983).
David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) is a law student on the trail of a woman who stalks the night in search of blood in DESIRE, THE VAMPIRE aka I, DESIRE (1982). Brad Dourif (Child’s Play, Lord of the Rings) co-stars.
We continue our shift to the 1980s with another tale of witchery called MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS (1981). Melissa Sue Anderson (Little House on the Prairie) and Mary McDonough (The Waltons) answer the question, “which witch is the witchiest?” in this solid offering from ABC.
Pamela Sue Martin and Tim Matheson are a yuppie couple who chuck city life for a slower pace on bucolic Devlin Island, but all is not as it seems in the town they now call home. It’s the NBC telefilm, BAY COVEN (1987).
You can find TV TERROR in the unlikeliest places, like this episode of The Brady Bunch, in which the family jets to Hawaii, only to fall under the curse of an ancient idol. Vincent Price guest stars!