Monday, February 17, 2014
At Anorak: Monsters from Yesterday - Four Horror TV Anthologies that Deserve a DVD Resurrection
My new article is up at Anorak. It is called "Monsters from Yesterday" and it gazes at four horror TV anthologies -- The Evil Touch (1973 - 1974), Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977), Darkroom (1981 - 1982), and The Hitchhiker (1983 - 1987) -- which I would like to see released in their entirety on DVD.
Here's a snippet:
"The imminent arrival of Monsters on DVD is a good reminder that the genre anthology was once one of television’s most durable and memorable forms. From Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 – 1962) and The Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964) to Boris Karloff’s Thriller (1961 – 1962) and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery (1970 – 1973), the anthology often served as a training ground for future film directors like Richard Donner, Jeannot Szwarc, and Steven Spielberg.
In particular, working in the anthology format taught these young talents a sense of economy in their storytelling; how to establish and shape characters with visual distinction, and sometimes with remarkably little exposition.
Over the last few years, many of the more obscure entries in the horror anthology format have been released on DVD, including, Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972 – 1973), a series hosted by Sebastian Cabot.
But many other examples of the form still deserve to be excavated for modern audiences. Four of the spikiest and strangest are described below."
Check out the rest of the article at Anorak, and leave a comment, if you can, to let me know what you think!