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.
The earth has slipped out of its elliptical orbit and is drifting closer to the sun in a Twilight Zone nightmare penned by Rod Serling. We pause to reflect on a New Year, another trip around the sun, and what better way to ready ourselves for another journey than with a classic Twilight Zone episode that muses upon our relationship with our neighbor star? Besides, it’s TZ marathon time, so here’s one to get us started.
We chat with Emmy Award-winning writer/actor/producer, Kevin Shinick about his mentor, Tony Randall, in a special bonus installment of TV TERROR that follows up our Odd Couple Christmas Carol episode. Join us!
In the 1970 episode, “Scrooge Gets An Oscar,” from The Odd Couple’s first season, we get a hilarious take on the world’s most famous ghost story. I’m joined by special friends, Anthony D. P. Mann and Barry Yuen for some fun banter about everyone’s favorite mispaired friends. Look for Anthony D.P. Mann’s own A CHRISTMAS CAROL audio production, now available from Bleak December and Brilliance Audio!
We take the occasion of Charles Manson’s death to visit the docudrama, Helter Skelter, starring Steve Railsback. The murders that shocked a nation have reverberated for decades and so it is worth noting the death of the man who directed those senseless killings. This excellent telefilm was produced close in time to the actual events and tells the story without any sense of exploitation.
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW ranks as a high watermark for the horror genre, not just in television, but in any medium. Directed by Frank DeFelitta (Audrey Rose, The Entity) from the script by J.D. Feigelson and starring Larry Drake and Charles Durning, it’s a terrifying exercise in otherworldly justice.
Squeezing in a bonus show for October: HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL (1957-1963) was grounded in the real world of the Old West, but in the episode, EVERYMAN, Paladin draws the Tarot Death Card and experiences a brush with the supernatural. Richard Boone stars.
TV TERROR takes a lighter look at the spy genre with television’s favorite screw-up secret agent. Max and 99 go to London to investigate Jack the Ripper and a fiendish wax museum in this two-part episode, House of Max (1970).
Things gets downright spooky in this episode from season 4 of The Andy Griffith Show. When Opie’s baseball lands in the old Rimshaw place, it stirs up the heebie jeebies in Mayberry because this house is rumored to be haunted.