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.
When an awkward teen kills a young girl, his mother evades the authorities by hiding him in a secret room in the house. Now, Mom is dead, but Ronald remains, watching, watching from behind the walls as a new family moves into the home. This ABC Movie of the Week has achieved cult status for its creepy premise, becoming one of the most famous made-for-television films of its era.
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.
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).
The chase is afoot with 1973’s SHE CRIED MURDER, starring Lynda Day George, fresh off of Mission Impossible, and Telly Savalas, right before KOJAK hit. Who loves ya, baby? TV TERROR loves ya.
We pause to remember Mary Tyler Moore, who passed away this week, and celebrate her work in the superb crime/horror series, Boris Karloff’s THRILLER.