You find TV TERROR in the craziest places – this week, it’s marooned on a desert island with some frightened castaways. We strand ourselves on Gilligan’s Island with a Ghost-a-Go-Go, the title of a scary-fun episode from season two, 1966. Enjoy.
Frank De Felitta gave us some great stuff: Audrey Rose, The Entity, and Dark Night of the Scarecrow. But did you know that he gave us James Brolin in a department store, hounded by killer dogs? It’s TRAPPED from 1973, an ABC Movie of the Week.
With the passing of TV-icon, Richard Anderson, let’s break the ice on Kolchak with the second telefilm in the series, THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1973), directed by Dan Curtis from the Richard Matheson script. We’ll also talk Stephen King’s IT, open the listener voice-mail bag, and tie up some loose ends regarding Tobe Hooper’s TV filmography.
We’ve lost Tobe Hooper. He made his mark on cinema, but also had a career on the small screen. We remember his lesser-known TV-film, I’M DANGEROUS TONIGHT (1990), starring Mädchen Amick and Anthony Perkins, all about an ancient cloak that corrupts anyone who touches it.
It was like CREEPSHOW for TV. It was George A. Romero’s dark anthology series, TALES from the DARKSIDE, one of the best shows of its kind and a gift to eighties television.
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).