Being the classic horror fan that I am, I was surprised to hear that Karloff hosted a television series from 1960 to 1962. My boyfriend was browsing the web one night and came across it in a forum. I was actually surprised that my addiction for the show “Thriller” is just as bad as my addiction for “Twilight Zone”! Thriller was a murder/mystery television series that told stories that could actually happen. The stories and events keep you on your feet and wanting you to keep watching the episode. Later on in the series, it became a show that told tales of Gothic Horror.
Each episode starts off with Karloff coming on the scene. He usually gives you a tiny summary to introduce the tale and then introduces the “players” or characters within the story. “I can assure you as I am Boris Karloff, this is a thriller.” Was his tag line while introducing each story. What I love about this the most is that the acting isn’t over done within the episodes. You actually feel like you are in the story itself. It makes me feel like a classy detective doing my work. It also has one element that is missing within today’s movies/television series: Unpredictability! The first few episodes are like a classic “Who done it” mystery. The actors and actresses portray the stories very well, they fit the characters that they were chosen to play.
I give this series 10 Dead Babies!
And those that are horror fans should definitely check it out.
Here is my favorite episode below:
If you’re interested in it here is a link to a playlist full of the episodes:
Boris Karloff’s Thriller
Blood & Guts,
Lately, I have been dwelling in the depths of vintage television series. I must say that I am ashamed at myself for almost forgetting one of my favorite vintage television shows:
This television series was the underdog of the popular television series, The Twilight Zone. The original run of this series was from 1959 – 1961. It’s a shame it only had three seasons because it was much different from the Twilight Zone. This series was introduced by John Newland in each episode. Unlike Twilight Zone which was a series composed of fictional science fiction and horror stories to stimulate your brain, One Step Beyond is a show that re-created REAL cases that have been documented. What I like about the show is that they don’t tell you if the tales are true or false. It’s up to the audience to come to their own conclusion and wonder the wonderful question: “What if…” It’s like a constant cliff hanger that would drive a nerd such as myself to research the cases presented for more information to come to a well thought out conclusion.
I always enjoy shows that are based upon documented cases. It’s good to see this series up on Youtube with a channel dedicated to these marvelous episodes. If you like shows such as Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, etc. and are a huge vintage nerd, check out the episode below:
Thanks for wasting time with my existence.
Blood & Guts,
I must share with you my obsession with Night Gallery. This sequel to the television series, Twilight Zone (although not as epic as Twilight Zone), has always been one of my personal favorites. I’ve always been a fan of all vintage horror television series. It’s so interesting how the tales of horror and such pertain to certain aspects of current living.
It’s as if in mysterious tales they predicted the future. It’s quite uncanny and makes you think. That’s one thing I love in this world. If a film or t.v. series can really put your brain to work — it’s worth it. That is what we’re missing in today’s television and films.
Enough about that, into the review. I must say I enjoy the narration of Rod Serling:
He comes along after the theme song walking along a bunch of unusual paintings. The paintings usually have part of what the short story will be about. Serling’s introductions are quite intriguing and get you interested in the tales for the evening. My favorite episode would have to be from Season 2 — The episode entitled: Question of Fear and also the Class of ’99 which stars my ever so favorite, Vincent Price.
Although these tales are of horror, mystery, uncertainty and more… it gets deep within your soul and triggers deep thought. I’ve always been inspired by shows like Night Gallery, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits etc. Always peaked my interest as a child and even more so now as a young adult. Although, Twilight Zone the Original Series will always be my favorite — the cheesiness of Night Gallery holds a special place within my heart. I thank these shows for inspiration for my writing, my confidence in being the twisted individual I am, and my music.
Blood & Guts,