Horror On TV: Twilight Zone 5.21 — “Spur of the Moment”


18 year-old Anne Marie Henderson (Diana Hyland) is being pressured, by her family, to marry Robert, a dull stockbroker (Robert Hogan).  However, Anne Marie is still in love with her former fiancee, David (Roger Davis).  As the day of her marriage approaches, Anne Marie suddenly finds herself being chased by a woman in black who yells at her not to get married…

This episode of the Twilight Zone was originally broadcast on February 21st, 1964.  It was directed by Elliot Silverstein and written by Richard Matheson.

Horror On The Lens: The Devil’s Rain (dir by Robert Fuest)


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Satanic priest Jonathan Corbis (Ernest Borgnine) has spent decades pursuing the Preston family.  The Prestons, it turns out, have a book of powerful Satanic magic in their possession.  After Corbis causes the Preston patriarch to melt in the rain, Mark Preston (William Shatner) decides to confront Corbis and his followers…

Released in 1975, the Devil’s Rain was presumably made to capitalize on the success of films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.  The film itself is a bit incoherent but it’s worth watching just to see shameless overactors William Shatner and Ernest Borgnine acting opposite each other.  The cast also includes Ida Lupino, Keenan Wynn, Tom Skerritt, and Eddie Albert, which means that there’s not a single bit of scenery that doesn’t get chewed at some point.

If watch carefully, you can spot John Travolta making his screen debut towards the end of the film.