Well, we’re getting in the gimmick side of things tonight…and since we are, we have to give a nod to the King of Horror Gimmicks: William Castle. Here’s a brief retrospective of his genius/madness.
For tonight’s festivities, let’s start with a story that I’ve learned–to my great horror, I might add–is no longer a must-read for kids these days. It’s only one of the most famous short stories ever written and it used to be the one story (along with Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”) that you could count on having been read by everybody. I’m talking about, of course, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. Here we have it adapted for radio for the show Suspense. It’s from 1945 and as Zaroff stars some bloke named Orson Welles.
For tonight’s mayhem, let’s start with the very first episode of Boris Karloff’s anthology series Thriller. It’s very useful if you’re allowing TV episodes for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, since you can link up Karloff with people like, say, Shatner. This is “The Twisted Image,” starring Leslie Nielsen, George Grizzard, and Natalie Trundy.
For tonight’s mayhem, we start off first with an episode of Suspense! from 1950. And this is a radio show that ran from 1942 to 1962. This particular one is “On a Country Road” and it stars some guy by the name of Cary Grant…
For tonight, let’s open with a bit of classic horror radio…it’s a bit from Lights Out, which still has one of my favorite openings ever. This is “Little Old Lady” from 1937. That’s right around the time I graduated high school!
We’re now past the halfway mark for the tenth year of 32 Days of Halloween. Sweet Jesus, I need to get a life. But enough about that, let’s start with a very disturbing Halloween commercial from Japan. I’m not sure what is happening here but it is all vaguely terrifying. I watch this and I’m getting a Sid & Marty Krofft’s Lord of the Flies vibe.
For Day 15 of our celebration, we start off with an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents with an ending that was considered so freaky at the time, it was never shown. Shows with episodes you can syndicate, though, are as good as gold, so of course it eventually found the light of day. It’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
Then we have James Rommel the Desert Mason giving you a reading of “Silence” by Edgar Allan Poe.
It’s Friday the 13th and yes, we could go for the old hockey mask routine…but that would be too obvious. Instead, we start off with a double feature of absolute classic SCTV bits. Count Floyd is here to introduce a pair of Dr. Tongue’s horror classics. The quality’s not great, but I’m sure the Count would understand. Get your 3D glasses ready, kids.