On October 30th, 1938, Orson Welles terrified a nation through the young medium of radio when he presented H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds as a Halloween offering. The panic that ensued is legendary and is captured in the ABC Friday Movie of the Week from 1975.
TV TERROR PODCAST takes you higher. An unspeakable evil has boarded an international flight and it’s up to the crew and its passengers to mollify angry spirits if they’re ever to touch down safely. William Shatner and Roy Thinnes star.
H.P. Lovecraft’s appeal extends across time and nations. We visit the Japanese town of Innsmouth near Arkham and Dunwich, where fish-men walk the shadows of the seaside village. We follow a reporter who journeys from the city to investigate the truth of the place. Do you dare to come along?
Carol Kane and Charles Durning reprise their roles from the classic babysitter-in-peril movie, When A Stranger Calls (1979) as a former victim and P.I. who will protect a young woman from a demented stalker in the sequel telefilm, When A Stranger Calls Back (1993).
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.
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.
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.
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.