Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Golden Ghouls: Old Time Horror Still Thrills!
Discover one of the best horror anthologies of all time. Hosted by Frankenstein.
These days, the best TV shows depend on fancy bells and whistles like "recurring characters" and "continuing storylines" and "sets". Pansies.
Those were all unnecessary back in the late-50s and early 60s, which saw a golden age of anthologized sci-fi and horror shows. Each episode gave you a stand-alone story utterly unrelated to what aired the week before. The era spawned such legendary shows as The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outer Limits and the cult favorite Thriller.
And now Thriller, which Stephen King once dubbed "the best horror series ever put on TV," is making its first ever appearance on DVD. Hosted by monster movie icon Boris "Frankenstein" Karloff, Thriller aired on NBC from 1960 to 1962 and presented weekly tales of suspense, murder and general scare-mongering. In addition to hosting, Karloff himself starred in five of the 67 episodes, while other tales featured the likes of William Shatner, Richard Chamberlain, Mary Tyler Moore, Leslie Nielsen, Ursula Andress and the actor whose name alone pre-qualified him for a horror role, Rip Torn.
The epic 14-disc Thriller: The Complete Series box set collects all those episodes, plus 24 hours of audio commentary. Pick it up to witness the scariest thing with Boris Karloff in it that's not his coffin.