One of film’s great franchises crash-landed on the small screen in 1974, giving us THE PLANET of the APES, The Television Series. Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, and James Naughton are our trio of heroes, fugitives in a future world where apes rule men. We explore the Pilot as well as episode #12, The Cure, a story about contagion. At this time of worldwide concern over the virus COVID-19, this episode goes out with warm wishes for your health and safety.
CORONAVIRUS EDITION: In light of Coronavirus worries, it’s opportune to discuss BBC’s classic post-apocalyptic series, SURVIVORS (1975), in which Chinese scientists unleash an engineered virus, triggering a pandemic, and wiping out all but a remnant who remain to rebuild. This episode goes out in the spirit of facing such fears and scenarios from the safe distance of fiction and with wishes for the health and well-being of all who might listen.
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.