Immediately after the success of DUEL, Steven Spielberg set to work on a possession story titled, SOMETHING EVIL (1972), featuring Sandy Dennis, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy, and Johnny Whitaker. Unknown to many and underrated by some, this CBS telefilm merits discussion. I’m joined by genre expert and author John Kenneth Muir to explore this gem from the Movie of the Week golden age.
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Richard Masur, John Astin and Kristy Swanson star in Disney’s modern spooky classic, MR. BOOGEDY, the tale of a family who moves to their dream home only to find it haunted by a tyrannical ghost. MR. BOOGEDY first aired on Disney’s Sunday Movie in 1986. I’m joined by Kyle Chamberlain of The Movie City Maniacs podcast.
Rod Serling is as grand a subject as The Twilight Zone for which he is known. But did you know that he had established himself as the preeminent writer for television before he ever breached The Fifth Dimension? We trace his early career with author Nick Parisi, whose book, Rod Serling: His Life, Work and Imagination has just been released.
The end of summer signals new beginnings: We inaugurate season four. We usher in the autumn. We mark the days till Halloween. Like the capricious falling of leaves, this is a freewheeling episode. I hope you’ll join me and a few surprise friends as they drop by to share their thoughts on the spooky season.
As we close out Season 3 of TV TERROR PODCAST, we speak with Jason V. Brock, author, artist, and director of the definitive documentary about Charles Beaumont. Beaumont is a towering but tragic figure, who aided Rod Serling in pioneering a new and ascendant medium called television.
TV TERROR PODCAST takes you higher. An unspeakable evil has boarded an international flight and it’s up to the crew and its passengers to mollify angry spirits if they’re ever to touch down safely. William Shatner and Roy Thinnes star.
We visit the classic British terror show by Brian Clemens (The Avengers, And Soon The Darkness). Murder, the macabre, and malevolent entities all found their home in THRILLER, the brainchild of one of the UK’s foremost writer/producers.
In this special episode of TV TERROR, we partner with the KINGOLOGY podcast to bring you coverage of the 1993 Stephen King miniseries, THE TOMMYKNOCKERS.
It’s like a Jambalaya Jaws when a mutated shark makes its way into the waters of the Louisiana bayou. Kristy Swanson, Robert Davi, and D.B. Sweeney headline in Syfy’s SWAMP SHARK (2011), a shark thriller with bite. This episode of TV TERROR is timed to celebrate 30 years of Discovery’s Shark Week.
For five travelers, a luxury vacation turns into a nightmare struggle for survival against the untamed jungle and their own savage passions! Michael Brandon, Barbara Feldon, Maureen McCormick, and Priscilla Barnes co-star in this ABC Monday Night Movie from 1979.
We also take a look at the robotic nightmare, “Metalhead,” from the series, Black Mirror, now playing on Netflix.