Circle of Fear episode 19: “Graveyard Shift”

Fred Colby (John Astin) used to be a star but now he’s just a security guard at the same studio that he used to perform at, which is set to close in a few weeks. However, he seems pretty happy and he and his wife Linda (Astin’s wife at the time, Patty Duke) are expecting a child. The only problem he seems to have is the gang of kids that keeps breaking in.

Well, that seems to be it until a dark force within the studio threatens everything that he loves about his life.

There are plenty of horror film references here — the monsters don’t want the studio to close — and Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the mummy, the wolfman and the ape man are all characters that Fred once was on screen. And finally, after nineteen episodes, producer William Castle shows up.

I always associate Astin with Night Gallery — he directed “The House,” “A Fear of Spiders” and “The Dark Boy” episodes — so it was kind of interesting to see him show up within another horror anthology.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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