This week I shoot from the hip to tell you about what I’ve been watching and listening to. It’s a loose and informal installment of TV TERROR that covers my exploits in television programming and beyond.
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When a boy goes missing in the rural town of Hawkins, his friends, family and the local sheriff begin to scratch at the truth. They discover that something insidious has been released into their world from a shadowy region that has something to do with a secret laboratory in Hawkins. Set in the 1980s, STRANGER THINGS is an excursion into science fiction, horror, and paranoid thriller that hits every note on the synthesizer. Join us.
H.P. Lovecraft’s appeal extends across time and nations. We visit the Japanese town of Innsmouth near Arkham and Dunwich, where fish-men walk the shadows of the seaside village. We follow a reporter who journeys from the city to investigate the truth of the place. Do you dare to come along?
Frank Taylor lost it all… his job, his marriage, even his life. But he came back, and brought the dead with him in the UPN series, HAUNTED (2002), starring Matthew Fox of LOST fame.
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.