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.
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.