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Paul Haight wrote:The new MOD-DVD set of the series looks terrific. I think the GHOST STORY shows are completely uncut, but I'm pretty sure the opening titles on the CIRCLE OF FEAR episodes are truncated (my memory tells me they originally included a brief preview of "tonight's episode", with a voice-over...possibly by Casey Kasem?), but the episodes themselves appear to be uncut.
May 28 12 10:07 PM
I just watched the whole series and found it very hard
I did think the Sebastian Cabot intros were very good in the
GHOST STORY episodes and there were a few tolerable episodes (eg: The pilot,
The CAT PEOPLE rip off Tom mentions above, or the TWILIGHT ZONE-ish one with
Patricia Neal called Time of Terror)
but the series was a big drag for the most part.
Although many good actors were hired, there was hardly anything original and it
seemed aimed at what the producers thought horror fans would like.
I hope Castle didn’t have much to do with this as he is one of my favorite
directors, but I can hear the TV honchos saying:
“These knuckleheads who like this kind of crap will love
"Lets do one with a killer..uh..doll house (House of
Or killer jars (Earth Wind Fire, Air. Man I hated this episode!),
Or killer jars with people stuck in them (Legion Of Demons.
This was even worse!!),
Or a killer hobbyhorse with buckteeth (Dark Vengeance. No kidding a poorly superimposed hobbyhorse
is supposed to be scary?? This was, hands down, the WORST episode for me. It has perhaps the DUMBEST script ever
produced for TV and it starred an actress who always makes me cringe: Kim Darby
at her most pixie-ish),
Or killer ghosts of movie characters in bad makeup (Graveyard
Shift. One of the better episodes with John Astin and William Castle in very
good bit but it has another really dumb script).
It was one boring episode after the other. Every one seemed to stop dead with endless
padding. There was always this sleep-producing
passage with the squeaking clean lead actors endlessly walking around in the
dark with "scary" music on the sound track. I used the fast-forward
constantly. Perhaps the series would
have worked better in a half hour format.
Or even better, a 5 minute format.
Another tedious trend throughout has every episode with a close-up of the lead
actress doing a phoney wide-open mouth scream. I never saw so much dental
The music (except for the Ghost Story theme, which is excellent) was horrible.
That cliché reverb thing is still used today and it was annoying even
then. DIDDLE DEE DINT…De Dint….de
I actually do remember this series not being very good and this re-visit
confirmed it. It’s just a lot of spoon-fed '70s TV pap.
Then suddenly the last few episodes seemed to be effective. (Spare Parts, The
Ghost of Potter’s Field, and especially THE PHANTOM OF HERALD SQUARE)
The very last episode aired was a haunting love story that recalled the best
elements of THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET. The music was mostly a very pleasing
acoustic guitar folksy tune. The acting and script were both top notch. I would call this one episode excellent.
I should also say that the quality was so good that people
thought I was watching a blu ray disc.
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