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Dale Sams 09-10-2019 02:20 PM

Stand-out horror anthology episodes besides Night Gallery and Twilight Zone?
 
...or besides X-Files.

For some reason something called "One Step Beyond" came recommended to me on Youtube. A haunted U-Boat episode with Werner Klemperer. I keep meaning to stop it, but its pretty good.

I think I've only watched one "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Of course I've seen any number of cheesy 70's ones like "The Sixth Sense" And all of the excellent in its own way "Night Stalker."

Any stand-outs you all can think of from various series?

I just remembered one that made my jaw drop from I think "Goosebumps" of all things. My kids are watching it and I'm not paying much attention til the end when some creature which is doubling as a school mascot has swallowed two friends of the main kid. You can see a cutaway of the kids in its stomach screaming and then the credits roll. I thought for sure that must just be part one and in part two the creature is defeated.

Nope...that was it.

Joey P 09-10-2019 02:23 PM

I never watched either of these so I don't really know much about them or how they've aged, but when I was a kid Are You Afraid Of The Dark and Tales From The Crypt were both pretty popular.

CalMeacham 09-10-2019 02:33 PM

The OP mentions the old ones I wa going to say, but there's a newer series I'd recommend -- Tales from the Dark Side. It was developed by George Romero (of Night of the Living Dead fame), and when I firsdt caught an episode I hadn't heard of the series, but I was drawn in. Superbly written and directed, it felt like a good episode of the old Twilight Zone, but it was too modern.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_from_the_Darkside

as with Twilight Zone, several stories were adaptations from the works of noted writers. It starred several good actors (Fritz Weaver, Danny Aiello). And, while it was overall a low budget production, they clearly spent some money on some episodes.

the first one I caught was "The Odds" , with Aiello and Tom Noonan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...kside_episodes

Quimby 09-10-2019 02:41 PM

The one and only thing I remember about the short lived show Darkroom is it had an episode about toy Army Men coming to life that stuck with me for years and was definitely not an episode of Tales from The Darkside like I thought it was.

Speaking of Tales From The Darkside, I think most people into sci fi and horror around my age remember both "Trick or Treat" and "Inside the Closet"

To this day I still remember the pilot episode of the 80s remake of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. A woman is raped and after her husband takes her home from the hospital she sees her attacker walk past their car. The husband chases him down and kills him, only to find his wife was actually so traumatized by what happened she thinks everyone is her attacker.

I watched every episode of Tales From the Crypt but all my memories of it are of the credits and the Crypt Keeper.

It wasn't as famous but I also liked the syndicated show Monsters. A few episodes I can remember are one where a guy gets pool hustled by a beautiful vampire and one with a finger coming out of the sink (based on a Stephen King Story).

bionic_man 09-10-2019 02:42 PM

Boris Karloff's thriller I seen on you tube.also outer limits is a good show.

Smapti 09-10-2019 05:34 PM

Black Mirror is the modern-day standard bearer.

JohnGalt 09-10-2019 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Quimby (Post 21852138)
<snip>
To this day I still remember the pilot episode of the 80s remake of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. A woman is raped and after her husband takes her home from the hospital she sees her attacker walk past their car. The husband chases him down and kills him, only to find his wife was actually so traumatized by what happened she thinks everyone is her attacker.
<snip>

This is also the pilot episode of the original 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Revenge", directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. Unfortunately, he didn't appear in these episodes. It does include Frances Bavier (Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith Show).

HMS Irruncible 09-10-2019 08:24 PM

Cliffhangers was short-lived but fun.

Lamoral 09-10-2019 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Smapti (Post 21852530)
Black Mirror is the modern-day standard bearer.

Indeed it is. Although the last season was lackluster.

I fear that they may have exhausted the "trapped consciousness" scenario and are now scraping for other material and coming up short. But yes, on the first 2 seasons alone, it earned its role as the bar against which the genre should now be judged.

carrps 09-10-2019 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bionic_man (Post 21852143)
Boris Karloff's thriller I seen on you tube.also outer limits is a good show.

I was going to mention this one, but I found some of the old shows on some weird cable channel, and they're just not as scary as I remember them. Seriously cheesy, too.

One Step Beyond had a lot of shows that were seared on my memory for years (the clown from the circus who showed up in reflections? the diamond necklace that would strangle the wearer? the ESL teach who started writing in an unknown-to-her language?). Haven't seen them in years, but I replaying them in my head I think they hold up better than the Thriller shows -- just saw one last night with William Shatner (thin!) chewing the scenery.

And John Newland was scary all by himself.

Sitnam 09-10-2019 09:00 PM

Dust on YouTube has great short sci-fi videos, many are dark. Check out Bad Peter. They are also grouped into anthologies so you can watch a butch with a similar style.

TriPolar 09-10-2019 09:13 PM

The Alfred Hitchcock episode Lamb to the Slaughter is very well known. A man was killed from a blow to the head by a blunt object in his home but the police can't find the murder weapon. The weapon was the frozen leg of lamb his wife was cooking in the oven while the police search the house. Barbara Bel Geddes, best known for the role of Miss Ellie on Dallas played the wife.

JohnGalt 09-10-2019 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TriPolar (Post 21852911)
The Alfred Hitchcock episode Lamb to the Slaughter is very well known. A man was killed from a blow to the head by a blunt object in his home but the police can't find the murder weapon. The weapon was the frozen leg of lamb his wife was cooking in the oven while the police search the house. Barbara Bel Geddes, best known for the role of Miss Ellie on Dallas played the wife.

Another great episode, again directed by Hitchcock himself. It's fun seeing who wrote each story in the series; this one was written by Roald Dahl ("James and the Giant Peach"), and according to wikipedia Lamb to the Slaughter, the story was suggested to Dahl by his friend Ian Fleming. It also mentions the British series "Tales of the Unexpected", which I now think would be interesting to see. This episode is here on Youtube (as are the rest of them). They're also on Amazon Streaming.

I also love "The Jar" episode, based on Ray Bradbury's story and directed by Norman Lloyd, who apparently was also a producer of the Tales of the Unexpected...

snfaulkner 09-10-2019 10:51 PM

TALES...

Of...

INTEREST!!!!!!


But yeah, black mirror. Like other wise people have already mentioned.

Smapti 09-11-2019 12:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snfaulkner (Post 21853098)
TALES...

Of...

INTEREST!!!!!!

You watched it! You can't un-watch it!

The_Peyote_Coyote 09-11-2019 04:31 AM

I second "Thriller." I think it was a pretty good series.

The_Peyote_Coyote 09-11-2019 04:36 AM

Although it had continuing characters, I'd say Friday the 13th might qualify since each episode featured another evil artifact.

Gyrate 09-11-2019 05:38 AM

I rather enjoyed the short-lived Dimension 404 series - it's more quirky sci-fi than horror but there are some horror elements thrown in (particularly in "Cinethrax" and "Polybius").

WOOKINPANUB 09-11-2019 07:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CalMeacham (Post 21852121)
The OP mentions the old ones I wa going to say, but there's a newer series I'd recommend -- Tales from the Dark Side. It was developed by George Romero (of Night of the Living Dead fame), and when I firsdt caught an episode I hadn't heard of the series, but I was drawn in. Superbly written and directed, it felt like a good episode of the old Twilight Zone, but it was too modern.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_from_the_Darkside

as with Twilight Zone, several stories were adaptations from the works of noted writers. It starred several good actors (Fritz Weaver, Danny Aiello). And, while it was overall a low budget production, they clearly spent some money on some episodes.

the first one I caught was "The Odds" , with Aiello and Tom Noonan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...kside_episodes

Tales from the Darkside is worth watching just for the intro alone

"Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But... there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit...
"

Used to freak me right out.

Quimby 09-11-2019 11:13 AM

If we are talking favorite episodes, my favorite Tales from the Darkside is Seasons of Belief (aka the "Grither" episode). I remembered it well from back in the day and for a while watched it on YouTube a few Christmases in a row until it was taken down.

furryman 09-11-2019 01:19 PM

The IMDB lists a series called Tales of the Unexpected with episodes written by Roald Dahl. If it's the series I'm thinking of, it was very creepy.

CalMeacham 09-11-2019 02:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by furryman (Post 21854421)
The IMDB lists a series called Tales of the Unexpected with episodes written by Roald Dahl. If it's the series I'm thinking of, it was very creepy.

I've seen it. It adapted Roald Dahl's own stories. He also hosted.

The only episode I recall is Lamb to the Slaughter, which was done (as noted) on Alfred Hitchcock's show as well.

BwanaBob 09-13-2019 09:39 AM

An obscure but enjoyable show from the early 70's called The Evil Touch. It was an anthology type show; one episode in particular that stuck with me was called "Campaign '20" about, you guessed it, the presidential campaign of 2020. The world is more advanced in their 2020 than ours.

Thudlow Boink 09-13-2019 10:13 AM

So far the thread has been about TV series, but Old-Time Radio had some good horror anthology shows. Google turns up a number of "best episodes" lists, including the ones I've linked below. I know nothing about these websites, but I do recognize several of the listed episodes as some I remember enjoying years ago when I was on a bit of an OTR kick. Some good stuff there.

Fear You Can Hear: 31 of the Scariest Old Time Radio Episodes
The Best Horror Radio Dramas EVER
The 31 Scariest Old Time Radio Shows

Poysyn 09-13-2019 06:48 PM

The Sand Kings series on Outer Limits?

Colibri 09-13-2019 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnGalt (Post 21852832)
This is also the pilot episode of the original 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Revenge", directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. Unfortunately, he didn't appear in these episodes. It does include Frances Bavier (Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith Show).

I've been watching the original series on DVD. This first one struck me as being quite shocking and grim for the 1950s, especially in making it clear the wife had been raped.

But Hitchcock does introduce and close that episode, as he does all the rest of the original series. (He doesn't do cameos, though, as he does in his movies. It would be a too distracting in shows that run less than a half hour.)

Colibri 09-13-2019 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnGalt (Post 21853097)
I also love "The Jar" episode, based on Ray Bradbury's story and directed by Norman Lloyd, who apparently was also a producer of the Tales of the Unexpected...

One of my favorite episodes. I saw it in its original run in 1964. It gave me nightmares for years.

E-DUB 09-13-2019 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnGalt (Post 21853097)
Another great episode, again directed by Hitchcock himself. It's fun seeing who wrote each story in the series; this one was written by Roald Dahl ("James and the Giant Peach"), and according to wikipedia Lamb to the Slaughter, the story was suggested to Dahl by his friend Ian Fleming. It also mentions the British series "Tales of the Unexpected", which I now think would be interesting to see. This episode is here on Youtube (as are the rest of them). They're also on Amazon Streaming.

I also love "The Jar" episode, based on Ray Bradbury's story and directed by Norman Lloyd, who apparently was also a producer of the Tales of the Unexpected...

And Norman LLoyd is still alive at 104!

What Exit? 09-14-2019 08:52 AM

Several mentions of it, but Boris Karloff's Thriller was almost as good as the Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock.

Another show where you will recognize a lot of the young actors from shows in the 60s but they weren't famous when filmed. Also a mix of B actors and old movie actors at the time. The first episode had Leslie Nielsen. William Shatner had 2 appearances as did John Carradine & Jack Weston. I recall seeing a young Elizabeth Montgomery and Donna Douglas (Ellie May Clampett)

FriarTed 09-16-2019 05:27 AM

Monsters - 1988-1991

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters_(TV_series)

Intro- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea_UM5RXRek

SciFiSam 09-16-2019 09:15 AM

Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories is another one from the 80s. Quite a few future stars played roles in that.

Hammer House of Horror is a British one from the early 80s. There was at least one really good episode, The House That Bled to Death, which is a fantastic title.

A more recent one is Masters of Horror, with episodes directed by different very well-known directors even including Quentin Tarantino.

American Horror Story probably counts, I'd say, because each season is very short and separate to the other seasons. I still haven't got round to watching it yet - must rectify that.

Tales of the Unexpected is still shown in repeats almost constantly in the UK, FWIW. Just yesterday I watched one with Telly Savalas in it.

JoseB 09-17-2019 05:32 AM

If I may mention non-English language TV, I would like to submit, from Spanish television in the late 1960’s-early 1970’s, “Historias para no dormir” (“Stories to make you lose your sleep”). Nice antology, with several episodes based on published short stories (a bit like “The Twilight Zone”).

Also, as a stand-alone, I would like to mention “La Cabina”, also produced by the main Spanish TV broadcaster. I understand that the BBC showed it a couple of times. That short film (~30 minutes) left an indelible impression on me.

Patch 09-18-2019 02:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SciFiSam (Post 21863350)
Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories is another one from the 80s. Quite a few future stars played roles in that.

Hammer House of Horror is a British one from the early 80s. There was at least one really good episode, The House That Bled to Death, which is a fantastic title.

That one is on YouTube.

terentii 09-18-2019 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnGalt (Post 21852832)
This is also the pilot episode of the original 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Revenge", directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. Unfortunately, he didn't appear in these episodes. It does include Frances Bavier (Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith Show).

Vera Miles was the wife, and Carl Betz (from The Donna Reed Show) was the husband.

Another episode of Hitchcock I particularly enjoyed starred Peter Fonda as a country boy who went to barber school to get his revenge on the guy responsible for his brother's death: "I didn't do nothin' to him. Just gave him a shave. And a real good one, too. Not a scratch on him...." :o

Two Many Cats 09-23-2019 03:23 PM

Oh goody, I get to bring up Trilogy of Terror and it's Zuni hunting fetish doll that chased Karen Black all over her apartment.

My favorite quote: ArghbudydyvodinboihjldnggprjhkEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAzukzukzukzukhahahahahahhEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAHYKHYKHYK!!!!!!!!!!

BrotherCadfael 09-24-2019 07:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TriPolar (Post 21852911)
The Alfred Hitchcock episode Lamb to the Slaughter is very well known. A man was killed from a blow to the head by a blunt object in his home but the police can't find the murder weapon. The weapon was the frozen leg of lamb his wife was cooking in the oven while the police search the house. Barbara Bel Geddes, best known for the role of Miss Ellie on Dallas played the wife.

A good episode, but I like Specialty of the House (with Robert Morely) more.

WOOKINPANUB 09-24-2019 10:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Many Cats (Post 21877262)
Oh goody, I get to bring up Trilogy of Terror and it's Zuni hunting fetish doll that chased Karen Black all over her apartment.

My favorite quote: ArghbudydyvodinboihjldnggprjhkEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAzukzukzukzukhahahahahahhEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAHYKHYKHYK!!!!!!!!!!

:p:p That would be one of the ABC movies of the week, IIRC. There were some awesome made for tv movies back then, such as Bad Ronald and Scream Pretty Peggy

Sitnam 09-24-2019 05:57 PM

I just discovered Netflix has a show called Two Sentence Horror Stories that might interest the readers of this thread. Never heard of it.

IvoryTowerDenizen 09-24-2019 06:19 PM

I have a vague recollection of a show called the Hitchhiker or the Hitcher, that had pretty creepy stories.

ETA Aha! Found it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_...ker_(TV_series)

ftg 09-25-2019 10:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IvoryTowerDenizen (Post 21879745)
I have a vague recollection of a show called the Hitchhiker or the Hitcher, that had pretty creepy stories.

ETA Aha! Found it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_...ker_(TV_series)

The last parenthesis typo strikes again! Let me fix that and get rid of that .m as well:

Link.

It's a surprising list of guest stars they have listed there.

The one I remember most is Split Decision with the Landers sisters. Maybe not the most representative episode.

Quimby 09-25-2019 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IvoryTowerDenizen (Post 21879745)
I have a vague recollection of a show called the Hitchhiker or the Hitcher, that had pretty creepy stories.

ETA Aha! Found it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_...ker_(TV_series)

Yeah that was on HBO and when I was a teen it was "The Twilight Zone with boobs".

IvoryTowerDenizen 09-25-2019 05:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ftg (Post 21880919)
The last parenthesis typo strikes again! Let me fix that and get rid of that .m as well:

Link.

It's a surprising list of guest stars they have listed there.

The one I remember most is Split Decision with the Landers sisters. Maybe not the most representative episode.

Didn’t know about the typo error! Thanks.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Quimby (Post 21881187)
Yeah that was on HBO and when I was a teen it was "The Twilight Zone with boobs".

Gotta say, did not notice that part of it!

Kamino Neko 09-25-2019 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IvoryTowerDenizen (Post 21881916)
Didn’t know about the typo error! Thanks.

It's not a typo...it's a flaw in how the board software parses links that end in anything other than a letter or number.

salinqmind 09-25-2019 06:00 PM

American Horror Story doesn't count? It's been on quite a while, varying quality of each season.


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