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.
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.
When a young woman’s body is found in Louisiana bayou country, Marsh Island is abuzz with theories. Was she mauled by dogs? Was it the work of a murderer? It’s up to the Sheriff to find out. David Jannsen, Barbara Rush, Geoffrey Lewis, and Bradford Dillman co-star in a southern fried werewolf mystery based on the book by Les Whitten.
Sally Field was transitioning from her Gidget/Flying Nun period to new kinds of roles when this opportunity presented itself. Some see it as a proto-slasher, a film ahead of its time, down to the iconic look of the killer. One thing’s for sure, you’ll want to add this TV movie by John Llewellyn Moxey and Joseph Stefano to your Christmas rotation of films. Why go to the theater when you can be Home for the Holidays?
They’re the spawn of Satan, dormant for centuries, but awakened once more to rival mankind. They are the GARGOYLES (1972). We take a look at this CBS Tuesday Night movie from the movie-of-the-week golden age, and fold our wings and bow are horns in honor of the recently departed Bernie Casey. Come fly with us.