seventies, there were many made for television movies with a
supernatural, occult and horror premise. Compared to today's
made-for-tv movies the production quality and special effects were pretty basic,
but many had very original storylines and some well know
actors and actresses appearing in them.
of these are not available, being
caught in DVD limbo. We hope that Hollywood will come to there
senses and at last release these hidden treasures.
Fortunately, we recorded
many of these off television years ago onto VHS for future viewing and are
still able to watch these
wonderful movies every Halloween season.
First aired on ABC January 11th. 1972
Darren McGavin stars as hard-nosed
and often obnoxious Las Vegas reporter Carl
Kolchak. Kolchak is investigating a string of
gruesome murders where all the victims have been
completely drained of their blood.
takes a turn when he learns that its a real vampire he's
hunting. Click here
to read our in-depth article on The Night Stalker, the
sequel and tv series.
First aired on ABC February 27th. 1981
bad natured teenage sorceress, Vivian Sotherland (Melissa Sue Anderson),
uses dark magic to get whatever she wants including good
grades, lead cheerleader, a better paying job for her father
(Gordon Jump) and the high school jock.
But when a
new girl in town, Robin Prentiss (Mary Beth McDonough), Vivian learns that she has a
rival for her territory, including her reluctant boyfriend
David Sterling (Patrick Cassidy).
As it turns
out, Robin has her
own supernatural powers and soon confronts Vivian about her
wicked ways, but quickly learns that she may be out matched.
Robin and David seek advise from Emily Moore
(Marion Ross), a local good Witch. Realizing that a battle
between them is inevitable, Robin works hand and quick to
develop and strengthen her natural abilities.
to a head and the final confrontation between Vivian and
Robin is on, ending in a battle of magic and wills. One of
our favorite Halloween movies to watch!
First aired on CBS February 13th. 1973
Mid-Summers Eve, architect
Alan O'Neill (Roy Thinnes) and his wife Sheila (Jane Merrow) are flying from London to Los
Angeles on a special chartered flight piloted by Captain
Ernie Slade (Chuck Connors) that contains a very unique cargo. The
purchased an ancient altar from an old English abbey that had
been used Druid's and its in the plane's
But the Druid
spirits don't want to go. With only ten passengers and a
minimal flight crew, things begin to go wrong. One of the
passengers, Mrs. Pinder (Tammy Grimes) is fighting for the
Druid spirits and they seem to be winning until ex-priest
Paul Kovalik (William Shatner) finally intercedes. Okay, the
acting is pretty bad, but it is a unique and interesting
First aired on ABC December 11th. 1973
an Egyptian mummy wearing a ancient magical amulet is stolen
from a private art collection and the thief removes the gold
amulet from the mummy's neck, the spirit of the mummy is
revived and people start dying.
As it turns
out, the mummy was that of a priestess from the cult of
Bast, the cat goddess, and the amulet was placed on her to
imprison her evil spirit.
Edmonds (David Hedison) working with Police Lt. Marco
(Stuart Whitman) seek the aid of alluring Rena Carter
(Meredith Baxter) to help unravel the puzzle before the cat
creature can strike again.
First aired on CBS November 21st. 1972
Dr. Mercer Boley (Cornel Wilde) and his daughter Diana
(Jennifer Salt), travel to an all but abandoned town in
Nevada to here the story of an old man who claims to possess
the bones of some strangle creature...for a price.
for him, he will never see a dime, because the Gargoyles
attack to recover the bones. From here Diana is kidnapped by
the head Gargoyle (Bernie Casey) and taken to local caves
colony of gargoyles is breeding and growing larger.
Now its up to
Dr. Mercer Boley and the locals, including a very young
Scott Glenn, to rescue Diana from the head Gargoyle before
he becomes too horny, and to stop the colony before its
grows to powerful to stop.
Every time I
watch this great movie I remember how sexy Jennifer Salt was
in this movie and how much I miss halter-tops...