Television anthologies are magic. They’re like many shows rolled up in one. Mark Cain of Anthologic Podcast joins me to run down a bunch of them. We discuss our mutual fascination with the form and some of our favorite specimens. Plus a super-sneaky secret Christmas bonus inside. No fair peeking.
We visit the classic British terror show by Brian Clemens (The Avengers, And Soon The Darkness). Murder, the macabre, and malevolent entities all found their home in THRILLER, the brainchild of one of the UK’s foremost writer/producers.
For five travelers, a luxury vacation turns into a nightmare struggle for survival against the untamed jungle and their own savage passions! Michael Brandon, Barbara Feldon, Maureen McCormick, and Priscilla Barnes co-star in this ABC Monday Night Movie from 1979.
We also take a look at the robotic nightmare, “Metalhead,” from the series, Black Mirror, now playing on Netflix.
Summertime. It’s a great time to get away. We take a virtual vacation by going hunting in the Scottish highlands with Netflix’s CALIBRE (2018). It’s a tale of a holiday gone wrong and we give you a spoiler-free overview in this edition of TV TERROR.
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.
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).