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.
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).
We continue our shift to the 1980s with another tale of witchery called MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS (1981). Melissa Sue Anderson (Little House on the Prairie) and Mary McDonough (The Waltons) answer the question, “which witch is the witchiest?” in this solid offering from ABC.
Dennis Weaver crosses lanes with a truck-wielding maniac in Steven Spielberg’s first feature, the ABC Movie-of-the-Week, DUEL (1971).
Lloyd Bridges is hounded by a recurring dream that makes his life a nightmare in The Deadly Dream (1971).
The President’s Plane Is Missing (1973), starring Buddy Ebsen and Rip Torn is a standout in a decade littered with the wreckage of lesser airplane dramas. Based on a novel by Robert J. Serling (brother of Rod Serling).
Ahoy! It’s a telefilm about shipwreck and survival, 1975’s THE LAST SURVIVORS.