Big Scares on the Small Screen at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Big Scares on the Small Screen at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Horrorific content by Pete Trbovich on October 08th, 2018 | Horror News |

Mark your calendars October 13th if you’re around Brooklyn, because that’s when the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will hold “Big Scares on the Small Screen,” a class on made-for-TV horror.

Featured will be the memorable Trilogy of Terror (1975) with everybody’s favorite Zuni fetish doll. That damn doll has a fanbase bigger than whole franchises out there!

Also discussed will be The Shat, William Shatner, and his role in the Twilight Zone episode The Horror at 37,000 Feet, later expanded to its own feature film.

And they’ll be batting around Salem’s Lot (1979), Stephen King’s own contribution to the vampire mythos.

While we’re on the subject of classic TV horror...

The Present Author has just gotta shoehorn something in here. Once upon a time there was a TV series running from 1969 to 1973, which subsequently ran a few years in syndication. It was hosted by Rod Serling. But we’re not talking about Twilight Zone! We’re talking about the other, far more horror-slanted anthology TV series, a little masterpiece now forgotten today, that was once... Night Gallery!

And it happened to be my introduction to horror. That’s about my earliest memory of a horror experience, curled up on the living room couch late at night getting the cupcakes scared out of me with these original episodes on TV.

Night Gallery had the setup of a museum with spooky paintings, where Rod Serling would then exhibit in batches of a few per episode, standing alongside some macabre terror of a canvas while purring his narration of the story behind the painting. The series hosted episodes based on stories by the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and Psycho author Robert Bloch, to name a few, and had many chilling fan favorites.

I would so like to see this series remembered more in the modern day. Not to take away from Twilight Zone, but its stories were more in the fantasy realm, while Night Gallery went right for the jugular with pure horror. Yet nobody today seems to remember the latter series, while the former gets its own amusement park rides, even. To help reintroduce this classic to modern generations and perhaps tease the casual viewer into seeking out a DVD set, here’s just the opening theme of the series:

Is that the most terrifying TV series opening or what? Yes, kids, this is what horror on TV used to look like!

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