Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Originally airing on October 24, 1981, Dark Night of the Scarecrow was directed by Frank De Felitta, who wrote Audrey Rose and The Entity. It was originally intended to be an independent film, but was bought by CBS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj61f69YqBo Somewhere in the Deep South, a mentally challenged giant named Charles Eliot "Bubba" Ritter (Larry Drake) becomes friends with… Continue reading Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Channel Zero: The Dream Door (2018)

Written by Nick Antosca (whose series The Act has just finished on Hulu) and directed by E. L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), the final season of Channel Zero presents an intriguing premise in its first episode: a newly married couple is given the husband's childhood home. One day, a door that was never there before just shows up.… Continue reading Channel Zero: The Dream Door (2018)

Terror at London Bridge (1985)

Originally airing on November 22, 1985 on NBC, this made for TV movie was written by William F. Nolan, who wrote the novel Logan's Run, as well as the scripts for The Norliss Tapes, Burnt Offerings and Trilogy of Terror. It was directed by E. W. Swackhamer, whose credits include episodic television across all genres. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb7h0DZauMI Also known as Bridge Across… Continue reading Terror at London Bridge (1985)

TABLOID WEEK: Bud and Lou (1978)

This movie crushed me as a child. I had always loved Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, watching their thirty-six films on Sunday mornings, right after Ma and Pa Kettle films. Seriously, weekends in Pittsburgh in the 1970's and 80's were amazing. You stayed up all night watching Chiller Theater and then woke up late and took… Continue reading TABLOID WEEK: Bud and Lou (1978)

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha (1995)

In case Piranha wasn't enough for you, Roger Corman produced this 1995 Showtime movie that's a shot for shot remake of the original. It gets better -- or worse -- because instead of shooting new special effects for the film, Corman recycled the special effects and the screenplay from the original minus the humor. If you listen… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha (1995)

LOST TV WEEK: The Covenant (1985)

In the mid-1980's, prime time soaps like Dynasty and Dallas were still big news. I can see the meetings on this potential series in my mind: what if we took some Dark Shadows, a little bit of Satanic panic and then mixed them all in with the greed of the Me Decade? The potential for a series was here,… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Covenant (1985)

LOST TV WEEK: Dead of Night (1977)

Much like Trilogy of Terror, Dead of Night is made up of tales written by Richard Matheson (the first segment is based on a Jack Finney story) in a portmanteau format. Originally airing on March 29, 1977, this TV movie is not as well remembered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8zI6uytlbk There are three stories: "Second Chance," where Ed Begley Jr. buys… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: Dead of Night (1977)

LOST TV WEEK: The Gladiator (1986)

Here's the IMDB description of this TV movie/pilot: "A road warrior vigilante avenges his brother's death at the hands of a crazy motorist by using his souped-up pickup to apprehend drunken drivers and others who abuse their driving privileges." Sounds like a Mad Max clone, right? But what if I told you that it starred Ken… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Gladiator (1986)

LOST TV WEEK: The Possessed (1977)

Originally airing on May 7, 1977, The Possessed is the kind of movie where you say, "This would be a good series." That's because it's a back door pilot for a show that never happened. I really wish that it would have. Kevin Leahy (James Farentino) is a Catholic priest who has fallen from his faith. He… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Possessed (1977)