Classic Horror Lovers discussion

291 views
Movies and TV Talk > Best Classic Horror TV Shows

Comments Showing 1-50 of 82 (82 new)    post a comment »
« previous 1

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Which TV shows did you love growing up that featured classic horror? Any shows on now that you feel represent the sensibilities of classic horror?


message 2: by Martha (new)

Martha (hellocthulhu) | 325 comments Mod
The old Twilight Zone with Rod Serling. I still watch it whenever SyFy plays a marathon of it. I think it got me started reading Matheson, since he wrote quite a few screenplays for it, and many of his stories became classic episodes.

I also have Rod Serling's Night Gallery on my Netflix queue, but I haven't watched it yet. Anyone else have thoughts on it?


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
"The Twilight Zone" is a classic, for sure. They used a lot of Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, and some Manly Wade Wellman adaptations.

I enjoyed Night Gallery, Martha. Is it in Netflix Instant view?

I was watching "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" on Sunday while I cooked dinner on Netflix instant view. That show has such a charm. Even though it is very much dated, it hasn't lost its appeal.

Did anyone watch "Chiller" with Boris Karloff? That was a good one.

"Tales from the Darkside" and "Monsters" were pretty good.

Although it's more suspense, I'd add "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" to my list.


message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lyons (amandamlyons) Night Gallery is awesome :) Lotsa cthulu mythos and Weird fiction on there. I used to watch it on Sci-fi back in the 90s. I still love Twilight Zone too.


message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lyons (amandamlyons) Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: ""The Twilight Zone" is a classic, for sure. They used a lot of Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, and some Manly Wade Wellman adaptations.

I enjoyed Night Gallery, Martha. Is it in Netflix ..."


Lol I watched all of these :) Sci-fi used to run all of them for a big afternoon block in the late 90s. They also had Ray Bradbury Theater. I love just about anything Hitch and its because of his tv show :)

What do you guys think is better the old or newer Outer Limits?


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Oh, yes. Ray Bradbury Theater is another one.

Hmm. Good question, Amanda. I haven't watched the older show enough to compare. I need to rectify that.


message 7: by Martha (new)

Martha (hellocthulhu) | 325 comments Mod
I don't believe Night Gallery is available for instant viewing. I added Karloff's show to my queue, thanks!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Is Chiller on Netflix? I so need to watch those! Thanks, Martha.


message 9: by Martha (new)

Martha (hellocthulhu) | 325 comments Mod
Yes. I found it by searching for Karloff. Also, is it just me or was he sexy when he was young? Like in The Black Room?


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
I agree with you. He was sexy.


message 11: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 164 comments Karloff WAS sexy. He had a wonderful voice.

I used to love Movie Macabre, on weekend afternoons on one of the independent stations in L.A. That's how I first saw a lot of the Hammer and A.I. Poe classics (in between Paul Naschy and bizarrely cut Philipino vampire movies).


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments Wasn't the Boris Karloff series Thriller? I remember it only slightly, and remember being frightened sometimes. It was on 60-62.

Serling's Twilight Zone is also a high water mark and we can still see it today. I wasn't as taken with most of the Night Gallery offerings (I saw an interview with Serling where he expressed disappointment over what he'd been made to do with it.)

I thought Kolchak could have been a lot better. I remember the week I realized they had started apparently using monsters that appeared in the D&D Monster Manual (a lot of monsters from folklore so it would be a good resource I suppose. Of course I can't be sure they used it...but I saw a few monsters that the 2 "had in common" LOL).

My kids were small when "Tales From the Darkside" was on and whenever that "eerie" music would start my daughter would shout from her bed room "TURN THAT DOWN!" It frightened her at least. :)

Remember the "Friday the 13th" TV series...reclaiming all the "demonic antiques"?

Is this the place also to ask...does anyone else remember (fondly or otherwise) all the late night "hosts" who ran the old horror movies. You know the "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" , "Sir Cecil Creape" and others. I think "Vampira" (1954 TV show)is supposed to be the first, (Maila Nurmi). A lot of them used the "Shock Theater" collection from "Universal Pictures" just adding a hostess/host.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
You're right, it's Thriller, Mike. Thanks!

I liked Friday the 13th, but it was a bit gruesome at times for me. I love the cursed objects motif. I used to watch Elvira growing up. :)


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments I saw Elvira and at least a couple of others. I'm sure of all the names. I can remember picking up on "costumed creepy" on a snowy channel that would barely come in on a broadcast channel.


message 15: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lyons (amandamlyons) Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "Wasn't the Boris Karloff series Thriller? I remember it only slightly, and remember being frightened sometimes. It was on 60-62.

Serling's Twilight Zone is also a high water mark and we can still..."


Loved Elvira and later on Joe Bob Briggs on USA

Friday the 13th the series man was that series neat :)


message 16: by AA (new)

AA Martha wrote: "The old Twilight Zone with Rod Serling. I still watch it whenever SyFy plays a marathon of it. I think it got me started reading Matheson, since he wrote quite a few screenplays for it, and many of..."

*le gasp* I love that version of The Twilight Zone too!!!


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments Amani, looking at your avatar, did you ever see the Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll"?


message 18: by Zombette (new)

Zombette | 26 comments My name is talky Tina and I'm going to kill you.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments Or the last line: "My name is Talky Tina....and you better be nice to me".


message 20: by Shawn (last edited Sep 19, 2010 04:54AM) (new)

Shawn | 333 comments Mike, I'm a big horror host fan. I grew up with Zacherly in New York and, more specifically, Dr. Shock on WPHL out of Philadelphia. We got Morgus the Magnificent (based in New Orleans but syndicated out of Baltimore for a season) in the early 80s, Commander USA on the USA cable network in the mid 80s, and I have very fond memories of watching Stella, who hosted SATURDAY NIGHT DEAD out of Philadelphia in the late 80s.

There's a wonderful documentary called AMERICAN SCARY that you should track down if you're interested in the topic (it's availabale for free on HULU, I believe). There are tons of new hosts on the interenet but not many catch my fancy (Penny Dreadful is one of the better ones).

As for TV, most of the greats have been named. THRILLER just got a nice DVD release (it was a show that tended not to get syndicated too much because of the hour long episodes, like the single hour long season of TWILIGHT ZONE - THRILLER's crown jewel is probably their adaptation of Howard's "Pigeons From Hell" but other episodes like "Parasite Mansion" and "The Cheaters" are great as well). KOLCHAK is probably my all time favorite show - I just love it - especially the character humor and "urban horror" settings/atmosphere (the D&D MONSTER MANUAL came quite a few years later, Mike and most probably the reverse was true - NIGHT STALKER using Hindu Mythological demons like the Rakshasa in "Horror In The Heights" probably led Gygax and friends in that direction).

Others worth mentioning are ONE STEP BEYOND (paranormal, "true-life" stories) both in its original and revival versions - the theme music is immensely haunting. ROALD DAHL'S TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED (available on DVD - although his rare anthology show that went up against THE TWILIGHT ZONE in the early 60s, WAY OUT, is almost completely lost, the 5 or so episodes that remain show up on You Tube occasionally) and the British anthology show THRILLER, different than the Karloff THRILLER, from the 70s (the brits had a number of others but had a terrible tendency to wipe videotapes after so many years of storage, so many shows are lost forever - the M.R. James adaptations they did in the 70s are really worth hunting down though, some professionally released by the BFI and some available as bootlegs). They took some episodes of that THRILLER and re-cut them for American TV as stand alone Made For TV movies. Also, a one season show called BEASTS from the 70s, with all stories written by Nigel Kneale, is also definitely worth checking out for some strange stories (one involving, for lack of a better explanation, the ghost of a dolphin haunting a porno parlor, and another absolutely amazing one called "After Barty's Party" in which a couple are terrorized by super-rats - it's a bit like the old time radio horror story "Three Skeleton Key", but in a suburban flat instead of a lighthouse). Also, anthology shows HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR and HAMMER HOUSE OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE.

Also should mention GHOST STORY/CIRCLE OF FEAR from the early 70s, Quinn Martin's late 70s TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED (different than the Roald Dahl one, I fervently wish these'll get released on dvd some day) and HBO's THE HITCHIKER, and the short-lived early 80s anthology show DARKROOM. All good stuff!


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments Actually the first edition D&D books were published the same year as Kolchak was on ('74). I don't really know if there was any "inspiration" either way, they both just used some obscure monsters occasionally (like the Rakshasa) that weren't common then. It caught my attention.

I grew up in the '60s in the mountainous area of TN. We used to get Shock Theater from a channel in North Carolina from over the mountains. It only came in white and snowy and late at night. Later (when grown) I struggled (up north) to get Count Alu Card or Sir Graves Ghastly (same guy). It wasn't till cable came along that I could watch any of them clearly, by then Elvira was on.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Shawn, I liked to see most of those shows you mentioned on DVD. I love the anthology horror tv shows.


message 23: by Shawn (new)

Shawn | 333 comments Netflix should be a good source for ROALD DAHL'S TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, THRILLER, KOLCHAK and HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR - although I guess it's always a gamble as to whether Netflix carries them (HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR was released in the US but might still be unlikely for Netflix to stock, but could probably be ordered from Amazon)

I think TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, MONSTERS and ONE STEP BEYOND have been released on DVD (ONE STEP BEYOND may be public domain releases).

I know that some episodes of THE HITCHIKER came out as professional videotape releases during the 80s video boom.

As for the British stuff (Brian Clemen's THRILLER, BEASTS and some incredible one-off MFTV movies like THE STONE TAPE, GHOSTWATCH and the BBC M.R. James adaptations), your best bet is to get yourself an All-region DVD player that will play dvds from any region and will convert the British PAL format to the US format They can usually be found online fairly affordably.

GHOST STORY/CIRCLE OF FEAR isn't available officially but I found someone on the internet that was selling a burned DVR set (from video tapes) for about 25 bucks - the quality isnt great (and it was a very uneven show) but I was happy to get to see a particular episode, a scene in which was the oldest memory I have (by my calculations, I must have been about 4 years old when I saw it originally! It was a severed hand in an office drawer!)


message 24: by Shawn (last edited Sep 19, 2010 02:00PM) (new)

Shawn | 333 comments Yeah, Mike, you're right - I first encountered D&D in 1978, 4 years later, so I'd assumed it was a "late 70s' campus phenomena. Still, it seems likely the synergy would have worked the other way around - Night Stalking: A Twentieth Century Anniversary Kolchak Companion by Mark Dawidziak doesn't mention anything about it.

Gotta love Sir Graves Ghastly and that snide, sardonic laugh.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments Probably not...I was just "quipping".


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
My sister is probably going to get annoyed when I give her this long list of old weirdo horror show to Netflix! She's a great person, so she probably won't mind.


message 27: by Martha (new)

Martha (hellocthulhu) | 325 comments Mod
I just watched the first disc of Night Gallery. It was ok. It ranges from great to kind of ridiculous, but the Twilight Zone did that too.

Next I am getting the first disc of Thriller with Boris Karloff. It sounds like it might be more consistent in quality. I wish either of these were on instant view! I guess the only upside to actual disc rental is the availability of subtitles/closed caption. I wish that was available on streaming video, too. One day!


message 28: by Shawn (new)

Shawn | 333 comments Well, with THRILLER on DVD you also get some very informed commentaries.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments I barely remember it....no real detailed memories, but Thriller is still listed as one of the all time best TV programs for writing, production, innovation (for it's time etc.). I'm tempted to try and run it down.


message 30: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 164 comments Thank you so much, those who mentioned Thriller! I'd never heard of it, so I popped it in the Netflix queue. I just watched the adaptation of Pigeons from Hell and Grim Reaper (with young William Shatner!). Lots of fun, and the commentaries are great.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments I have just....imposed....on my daughter to put it in her Netflix queue. She was a bit bothered, but did it.... out of child/parent guilt I think. :)


message 32: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Jamesian Enthusiast (last edited Sep 29, 2010 06:02AM) (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
We only get three movies a time (I think), so I don't want to take up those with Thriller, since my mother and sister like to watch a lot of movies. I hope I'll get to watch it on DVD oneday.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments I am apparently far more selfish and inconsiderate than you...shame on me. :)


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Oh, not at all! :)


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments I'll just have to watch the discs and get them sent back quickly....(you must picture a tear slowly rolling down my cheek here, as I give a small and quiet sob) But I promise to feel guilty about it and not enjoy them.

Pardon me. I must go and do penance now, and I'm not even Catholic.

*****************************************************

Can you believe I'm not published yet? Obviously someone is missing a good bet. My guess would be that my daughter will "mix them in" and not get them all at one time.
:)


message 36: by Shawn (new)

Shawn | 333 comments Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "We only get three movies a time (I think), so I don't want to take up those with Thriller, since my mother and sister like to watch a lot of movies. I hope I'll get to watch it on DVD oneday."

you should able to just chose one disc at a time, leaving your other two slots open for something else.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Good point. I'm so slow, I just feel bad taking up slots. I may go ahead and do that.

Mike, you are excellent at writing drama. Why aren't you published? :)


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments ......obviously it's a well orchestrated world wide conspiracy...



(Did you expect an actual answer? (: I stopped trying to get published a few years ago when my wife got very bad and I had to take care of her. I'm just now re-beginning my agent search.)


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Mike, I'm sorry about your wife. :(
Best wishes on the agent search.


message 40: by Martha (new)

Martha (hellocthulhu) | 325 comments Mod
I am very disappointed in the lack of subtitles or closed caption on the Thriller DVD I received from Netflix. At least the sound quality is pretty good, so I don't miss too much. Still, I'd never actually purchase the show until there was a rerelease that included subtitles/cc.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Thanks for the heads up, Martha. It's quite pricy on Amazon.com.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments Got the first Thriller disc today... and need to watch it through so my daughter can get it back. LOL


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Cool!


message 44: by Mike (the Paladin) (last edited Oct 15, 2010 08:31AM) (new)

Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 212 comments I think they were scarier when I was a kid. They are more "suspense" etc. well done though. There are attempts to do full novels in an hour, and pretty well done. I think the last was the best (Rose's Last Summer) as it was done best. I spotted the plot twist in all the other early on, and should have on this one, but it "snuck up on me."


message 45: by Shawn (new)

Shawn | 333 comments THRILLER episode "Trio For Terror". Directed by Ida Lupino (famous movie actress who went on to direct films, one of the first women to do so - she directed a great creepy episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, "The Masks" and also "The 16 Millimeter Shrine") this seemed like a good choice because, unlike the usual hour story format, this is 3 short stories. First up is August Derleth's "The Extra Passenger" which is pretty straightforward story of a man murdering his Uncle (who happens to be a black magician) in "the perfect crime", only to have Uncle's hobby prove his downfall. End's with a surprising and creepy prosthetic effect. "A Terribly Strange Bed" by Wilkie Collins is next. I'd just re-read it (well, listened to a reading of it) a day or so ago so I was happy to see it pop up and they did a good job shifting the action from Paris to London and trimming the fat. In fact, the additional twist they added to the ending works very well for television. Finally, Nelson Bond's fun and familiar "The Mask of Medusa", (in which a fleeing strangler hides in the wrong waxworks exhibit) was also quite nice. I swear this was adapted in an issue of CREEPY magazine (or BORIS KARLOFF'S TALES OF THE UNKNOWN comic book - a much likelier prospect, now that I think about it) that I read as a kid. As always, Boris Karloff is charming and a wonderful host, plying us with wine as he introduces the stories. A nice capper to Halloween night!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 1343 comments Mod
Those all sound like good watching, Shawn.


message 47: by Martha (new)

Martha (hellocthulhu) | 325 comments Mod
I just saw the Night Gallery episode based on Algernon Blackwood's story "The Doll". Man, that was creepy!! I have to read more Blackwood stories soon. Mostly I have only read his most famous ones (Willows, Wendigo, Ancient Sorceries, etc).


message 48: by Shawn (new)

Shawn | 333 comments The story is excellent as well (I loved the creepy doll they used in NIGHT GALLERY with the black ringed eyes)!


message 49: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 164 comments I just watched that recently as well! The doll they used in the episde was the creepiest thing I've ever seen. I've never read the story, and I can't seem to find it online.


message 50: by Guido (new)

Guido Henkel (guidohenkel) | 12 comments "Thriller," hands down!


« previous 1
back to top