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EP043: Sally Field is Home for the Holidays (1972)

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?

EP041: Thanksgiving on Crowhaven Farm (1970)

Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to all. We pick up the theme of pilgrims and witchery with Crowhaven Farm (1970), an Aaron Spelling Production, starring Hope Lange and Paul Burke as a childless couple who look for a fresh start in an ancestral farm house. Look for the venerable Cyril Delevanti  (The Twilight Zone, Thriller, Night Gallery) as the elder town historian who tells of Crowhaven Farm’s dark past, a legacy that calls to its new inhabitants.

EP039: Quinn Martin’s Tales of the Unexpected / Force of Evil (1977)

We take a look at the ill-fated Tales of the Unexpected from powerhouse producer, Quinn Martin. The feature-length Force of Evil (1977) stars Lloyd Bridges as a man who must protect his family from the vengeful ex-convict who is stalking them.

EP029: James Brolin is TRAPPED (1973)

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.

EP028: Kolchak is on the trail of THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1973)….

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.

EP021: It was the traumatizer of the decade. It was THE DAY AFTER (1983).

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).

EP019: The Ouija board is a channel of malevolence for Kathleen Beller in DEADLY MESSAGES (1985).

They warned you not to play with them. Here’s a cautionary tale to drive home the point: The Ouija board becomes a channel of malevolence for a murder witness played by Kathleen Beller in DEADLY MESSAGES (1985).

EP018: Forget Mary Ingalls…Melissa Sue Anderson is a witch on wheels in MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS (1981).

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.

EP015: Before JAWS, Spielberg directed his first feature with 1971’s DUEL.

Dennis Weaver crosses lanes with a truck-wielding maniac in Steven Spielberg’s first feature, the ABC Movie-of-the-Week, DUEL (1971).

EP014: There’s no such thing as a good night’s sleep in THE DEADLY DREAM (1971).

Lloyd Bridges is hounded by a recurring dream that makes his life a nightmare in The Deadly Dream (1971).

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