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. LISTEN IN!…
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 Blog and Facebook page 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 your 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. This episode goes out in the spirit of facing such fears and scenarios from the safe distance of fiction and with wishes for the health and well-being of all who might listen.
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!
A conversation with Kevin Shinick, author of Star Wars FORCE COLLECTOR. TV TERROR is on location in New York to meet with 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!