For tonight’s televised horror, we have another episode of the Boris Karloff-hosted anthology series, Thriller!
In this episode, a religious fanatic in a named Freitag (Martin Gabel) lives in a resort community and targets young people who he believes have failed to live up to his standards. His latest targets are played by Olive Sturgess and Richard Chamberlain. This is actually a rather grisly little episode. With its theme of religious hypocrisy, I can only imagine how people reacted when it was first aired on November 1st, 1960.
For tonight’s televised horror, we have The Purple Room, an episode of Thriller! This was an anthology series, which was hosted by Boris Karloff. Admittedly, Thriller was not always a horror show. Several of the episodes were crime stories that had a diabolical twist. But anything hosted by Boris Karloff is perfect for October viewing.
The Purple Room is the story of what happens when a skeptic (played by a young Rip Torn) learns that he must spend a year living in a house that may or may not be haunted. This episode is enjoyably creepy and, of course, it has a twist.
This episode originally aired on October 25th, 1960.
Tonight’s televised horror is another episode of the 2002 revival of The Twilight Zone.
In fact, it’s a sequel to a classic episode that aired during the show’s original run!
Remember that episode about the creepy little kid in Ohio who could read thoughts and mentally make just about anything happen? He wanted it to snow so it snowed and ruined the crops. He got mad at someone who drank too much so he turned the guy into a big jack-in-the-box. His aunt sang too much so he took away her mouth. That episode was called “It’s A Good Life.”
Well, It’s Still A Good Life catches up with that boy 41 years later. He’s still ruling that little town with an iron hand but now, he’s got a daughter. And she might have powers of her own…
Bill Mumy and Cloris Leachman both appeared in the original episode and they reprise their roles here.
Tonight’s televised horror is another episode from the 2002 revival of The Twilight Zone!
In Night Route, Ione Skye nearly gets hit by a car and, afterward, finds herself haunted by visions of a mysterious bus. Featuring atmospheric direction from Jean de Segonzac and a good performance from Ione Skye, this episode of the Twilight Zone makes a nice companion piece to tomorrow’s horror on the lens!
For today’s excursion into the world of televised horror, we have another adaptation of a Stephen King short story.
In The Revelations of Becka Paulson, Becka Paulson (Catherine O’Hara) accidentally shoots herself in the head and subsequently finds herself being spoken to by a photograph of a tuxedo-wearing man (Steven Weber). The photo has some suggestions as to how Becka can get out of her stifling marriage.
(In the original Stephen King short story — which he later adapted into a chapter of his novel The Tommyknockers — the talking photograph was a picture of Jesus.)
The Revelations of Becka Paulson originally aired on June 6th, 1997, as a part of Showtime’s The Outer Limits series. Steven Weber not only played the man in the tuxedo. He also directed this episode as well.
(The episode itself runs for 44 minutes. The video below has some extra stuff, including alternate takes and a scene that was cut out of the original broadcast, tacked onto the end.)
Don’t feel bad if you don’t. To be honest, I had totally forgotten about it until, two years ago, my friend Janeen mentioned it to me. (And to be honest, I’m not sure if I ever knew about it before then. Memories can inconsistent, especially when it comes to obscure TV shows that didn’t last for very long.) Freakylinks is a show that aired on Fox back in 2000. It only lasted one season and it was about this guy (played by Ethan Embry) who ran a website called freakylinks.com. To me, that sounds like a porn site but apparently, it was actually a site dedicated to investigating the paranormal.
Freakylinks was produced by the same company that produced The Blair Witch Project. A few months before the show premiered, in order to try to create some Blair Witch-style buzz for the production, the production company set up a website called Freakylinks.com and designed it to look like it was just some ghost hunter’s Geocities-style blog. While the web site got some publicity, it didn’t translate into ratings and Freakylinks was canceled. The freakylinks.com domain is currently for sale if anyone wants to buy it and turn it into a paranormal porn site. (Who says the two have to be separate?)
The entire series has been uploaded to YouTube and below you’ll find a pilot!
Prepare to take a trip into the past, to a time when the internet was still a mysterious and powerful thing and people apparently didn’t realize that anyone with time to kill could make a web site.
Did you know that there used to be a TV show called She-Wolf of London?
Apparently, there was. I came across it on YouTube while I was looking for old episodes of The Twilight Zone. She-Wolf of London was a TV show about an American grad student named Randi (Kate Hodge) who comes to the UK, investigates the supernatural with Dr. Ian Matheson (Neil Dickson), and who turn into a wolf whenever the moon is full! This British show ran from 1990 to 1991.
Interested in seeing the first episode, which acts largely as an origin story? Check it out below!