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Title: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: homerjayla on June 12, 2007, 06:15:43 PM
I always liked these kind of shows. I think the best one is Tales from the Crypt. They had an episode called For Cryin' Out Loud where the guy has a guilty conscience and drives himself nuts. It was great and it was funny too. The king has to be the Twilight Zone and The Living Doll episode, with the talking doll. I like all of them really!
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2007, 05:19:36 AM
Of those choices I have to say The Twilight Zone. But Tales of the Unexpected had some scary moments. And if you were a kid in the 80s in Britain Dramarama had some pretty good ghost stories back in the day.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Minnesota on June 13, 2007, 10:16:22 AM
lol, homerjayla has no love for modern anthologies ... Steven King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Mick Garison's Masters of Horror
as for whats up there, I'm hoping to catch up on the Tales from the Crypt episodes with Netflix (every season is currently sitting in my queue), and I might get around to watching the Twilight Zones on Netflix too, but I've always been a bigger fan of Outer Limits anyway. I also have vague memories of Alfred Hitcock Presents from when I was a child watching Nick at Nite so I'll probably end up revisiting some of those in the future too.

What the hell is Tales from the Unexpected, Tales from the Darkside, and Night Gallery (50', 60's, ??)
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2007, 10:27:54 AM
What the hell is Tales from the Unexpected, Tales from the Darkside, and Night Gallery (50', 60's, ??)

This (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075592/) is Tales of the Unexpected
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Pak-Man on June 13, 2007, 10:48:04 AM
Might as well get these out of the way. :^)
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Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Sinflux on June 13, 2007, 10:57:13 AM
where's freakylinks?! god damnit!
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Nunyerbiz on June 13, 2007, 12:03:30 PM
I used to watch alot of Night Gallery and Twilight Zone reruns when I was a kid... and for some reason I remembered liking Night Gallery more... altho it's been probably 20 years since I've seen an episode of either one. I remember Tales from the Crypt fondly... altho the one-trick pony puppet that was The Cryptkeeper went from goofy fun to depressing annoyance pretty quickly... I remember liking most of the stories themsevles.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Steve-O on June 13, 2007, 12:30:55 PM
Twilight Zone was by far the better show, but Night Gallery had that seedy '70s nihilism going for it; or maybe it was just the fact that it was in color.  Anyway, I don't think anything Twilight Zone dished out ever gave me the heebie-jeebies like some of those Night Gallery episodes.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: J-Proof on June 13, 2007, 01:38:19 PM
What? No love for ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK???
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Tyrant on June 13, 2007, 01:43:32 PM

  Gah, I can't vote! It's a tie between Outer Limits and Twilight Zone for me. I'm so conflicted. Poor Tyrant.....
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: RandyMistie on June 13, 2007, 01:51:16 PM
The thing about all of them is that, being anthologies every one had some great ones, some "eh" ones and some dogs.  I mean, they were all good at one point or another.

Hard to choose is all's I'm sayin'
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Bob on June 13, 2007, 03:23:02 PM
Why is Kolchack the Night Stalker not listed?   

Whom do I have to hurt over this?   :angry:
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2007, 03:46:09 PM
Why is Kolchack the Night Stalker not listed?   

Whom do I have to hurt over this?   :angry:

Ooh good one, but sort of a different kind of Anthology series seeing as it had a character who not only linked the stories but was an active participant in them.

I was thinking of writing a show like that. It's been buzzing around in my head for a few weeks.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: BathTub on June 13, 2007, 04:06:39 PM
what was that one... Unsub?
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Rude on June 13, 2007, 06:30:38 PM
...

I love all of these shows. In fact, i think at one point or another i've watched each series during a marathon on various TV stations. I was lucky enough to be stealing have HBO when Tales From The Crypt was originally airing. So i love that show and all, but i think the original Outer Limits is the best. It had something that was missing from The Twilight Zone. I don't know what exactly... maybe a sort of sinister edge to the stories?

Anyway, i remember that the intro to Tales From The Darkside used to creep me the hell out as a kid. So it took me a few years to catch on to that show... but i have to say that i wasn't really missing much there~

-Rude
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Minnesota on June 13, 2007, 08:30:28 PM
What? No love for ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK???

I'll throw a little love towards Are You Afraid of the Dark... definitely was a fan at one point in my youth (played on Nickelodeon Friday nights right?)
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Principal_Skin-trade on June 14, 2007, 07:08:55 PM
Twilight zone is a perfect show. it was scary(In the 1960's) but it often had some message. Whether it was political, secular, or focused on some important point of humanity... it was always a great show. Even the shows without messages always had a great story, plot line and clever endings. I always loved "The Monsters are due on maple street,", "The Fever",  "Will the real Martain please stand up?" "The eye of the beholder", "The Jeopardy Room" and "The Shelter". It was always dramatic and fun to watch. Twilight zone has got to be one show that has aged better than any other series.  I never really saw it as scary because the point of many shows was to point out a moral lesson and not exploitation of violence.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: JonnyFrag on June 15, 2007, 08:15:56 AM
where's freakylinks?! god damnit!
One of the best shows Fox killed way ,way too soon. The pilot was fantastic, the regular show was good as well. Had the whole internet tie-in thing well before anything else was doing it. At the time this was going on, the only other thing that did something similar was the Blair Witch Project. Glad to see someone else enjoyed it as well.
if you are being serious that is  :)

The 50s and 60s ones are all great TZ, OL and Night Gallery (I guess that was 70s though)
As for modern, Masters of Horror on Showtime has turned out some really great stuff. The Joe Dante one Homecoming is probably the best zombie/political statement movie NOT made by George Romero. I suppose that is a really narrow field of entries, but seriously....it's really good.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on July 14, 2007, 10:47:23 PM
Had to vote (the original) "Twilght Zone".  Never been anything better.   ;D

....but i think the original Outer Limits is the best. It had something that was missing from The Twilight Zone. I don't know what exactly... maybe a sort of sinister edge to the stories?
"Outer Limits" more often dealt with actual bug-eyed monsters.  "Twilight Zone" the monster could just as well be us....

Why is Kolchack the Night Stalker not listed?   

Whom do I have to hurt over this?   :angry:

I'll help.  Although, being it had an ongoing storyline and the question was anthology series, it doesn't really qualify.

That's why I can't bitch and moan that "Poltergeist: The Legacy" isn't in the list.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 17, 2007, 10:11:18 AM
Wasn't really scary, but I enjoyed Eerie, Indiana when I was a kid.
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Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Hebs on July 17, 2007, 10:54:45 AM
Wasn't really scary, but I enjoyed Eerie, Indiana when I was a kid.

Me too!  I thought that was a great show. 

Kolchak was really amazing, the writing was constistantly good, the characters were well-rounded and fun to watch - there were really only two clunkers that I can think of, and I'm pretty sure Andy and I have the whole series on DVD.  But I voted for Twilight Zone because it's so evergreen - it's a show that's cross generational, so many people I know love it for different reasons.  My dad loves the episode where they use aliens as a metaphor for the communist scare, and I like the existential one where all the dolls are trapped in a donation bin like that play "No Exit".
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2007, 06:28:40 AM
Wasn't really scary, but I enjoyed Eerie, Indiana when I was a kid.

Me too!  I thought that was a great show. 

Kolchak was really amazing, the writing was constistantly good, the characters were well-rounded and fun to watch - there were really only two clunkers that I can think of, and I'm pretty sure Andy and I have the whole series on DVD.  But I voted for Twilight Zone because it's so evergreen - it's a show that's cross generational, so many people I know love it for different reasons.  My dad loves the episode where they use aliens as a metaphor for the communist scare, and I like the existential one where all the dolls are trapped in a donation bin like that play "No Exit".

Uh, yeah, Kolchak and Eerie are OK... but they're not anthologies.
Title: Re: Your favorite scary anthology TV series
Post by: GregMcduck on July 30, 2007, 11:08:13 AM
I love pretty much all of them, but my personal favorite was the Twilight Zone, because me and my dad used to watch it when I was little, and now I have nothing but fond memories of the show.

Also throwing some love for Are You Afraid of the Dark!