Top Television Horror Movies of the 1970’s – Top Honors!

Top Television Horror Movies of the 1970’s – Top Honors!

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***Top Television Horror Movies of the 1970’s***
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So which films take the top honors as the best TV horror flicks of the 1970’s?top 1970's TV horror - small
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I’ve compiled results based upon my posts here on Parlor of Horror. Standing is directly related to Likes, Comments, and Views, I’ve gotten for the posts here. So without further fanfare, here are the Top TV Horror Movies of the 1970’s:
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10) The Norliss Tapes (1977) 16 likes, 1 comment
9) Dead of Night (1977) 16 likes, 7 comments
8) The Stone Tape (1972) 22 likes, 8 comments
7) The Night Stalker (1972)  19 likes, 12 comments
6) The Night Strangler (1973) 20 likes, 5 comments
5) The Gargoyles (1973) 21 likes, 11 comments
4) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1972) 22 likes
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3) Salem’s Lot (1979) – 22 likes, 10 comments

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2) Duel (1972) 23 likes, 10 comments
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and here it is folks, the Top, #1, Television Horror Movie of the 1970’s!!!
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Trilogy of Terror (1975)

26 likes, 17 comments

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Congrats to Karen Black, Dan Curtis and Richard Matheson for making Trilogy of Terror the Top TV Horror Film of the 1970’s!! As chosen by Parlor of Horror and their followers. And thanks to all of you for your likes and comments which helped make the choice!
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didn’t make the cut: Someone’s Watching, Curse of the Black Widow, Summer of Fear, The Stranger Within.
However, its not too late to get your vote in…

The Norliss Tapes (1973) – Movie review

***Top Television Horror Movies of the 1970’s***

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The Norliss Tapes (1973)

Directed by Dan Curtis
Screenplay by William F. Nolan

Starring:
Roy Thinnes
Don Porter
Angie Dickinson
Claude Atkins

It would seem that NBC, seeing the success of The Night Stalker and the vehicle of using a pilot movie to launch a series, wanted in on the Horror movie action. They called upon the highly successful talent of Dan Curtis who enlisted William F Nolan for the script. What is produced is like an upper class version of The Night Stalker. It’s familiar ground, but somehow doesn’t feel derivative despite the similarities.

Author, David Norliss calls his publisher, Sanford, telling him he can’t write the book he was supposed to be working on for the past year. The book was supposed to be a exposé to debunk the supernatural. When David disappears, Sanford goes looking for him at his mountain home. He finds the plaThe Norliss Tapes dvdce in disarray. The publisher sits at David’s desk and sees recorded journals about the research he did for the book. He puts a cassette tape into the player.

The taped narration leads into the tale about a woman whose husband died but doesn’t want to stay buried. Norliss investigates the first attack on the woman, Mrs. Cort, that leaves her dog dead and herself frightened. Soon there are more murders. The victims are found to be completely devoid of blood. Norliss speaks with several suspects gathering clues and a mystery unravels concerning an ancient Egyptian ring and a sculpture Mr. Cort had been working on before his death. This dead guy zombie/husband is seriously creepy as he attacks Mrs. Cort and Norliss again. The only drawback is he growls in a voice that reminded me of the ghoul in an episode of Scooby-Doo (the cartoon). Sheriff Hartley, (Claude Atkins) is the reluctant cop who doesn’t want details of the murders released to the public and doesn’t want Norliss interfering with the investigation. The tale escalates in classic Dan Curtis fashion. It ends with Norliss still narrating on tape and Sanford removing the tape as it stops. He then picks up another tape, one of many, presumably another story that would continue the series, as the credits begin.

It’s too bad this didn’t spawn a series, it would’ve been a nice addition to the legacy of Horror TV shows. Despite some drawbacks and similarities to the aforementioned films it was fun to watch. It doesn’t offer anything new or spectacular, but it was entertaining. It’s a quality horror film with exceptional acting and well worth a spin for fans of the other 70s horror flicks I’ve been reviewing.

 

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Trilogy of Terror (1975) – movie review

***Top Television Horror Movies of the 1970’s***

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Trilogy of Terror (1975)

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written by Richard Matheson
and William F. Nolan

Starring:
Karen Black
Robert Burton
John Karlen
George Gaynes

Trilogy of Terror posterDan Curtis and Richard Matheson are together again for another exceptional TV movie, perhaps the best of the lot. Karen Black plays 4 different characters in three separate stories of this horror anthology film. The last segment has pushed this made-for-TV film into legendary cult status. A lonely woman gets a Polynesian Zuni Fetish Doll as a gift. When handling it she knocks off it’s protection necklace and the thing comes to life with a thirst for blood and death. The battle between Karen Black’s character, Amelia, and the evil warrior doll in a small claustrophobic apartment is one of the great conflicts in horror films. That doll still haunts the dark corridors of my nightmares. While everyone talks about the Zuni Fetish doll episode, ‘Amelia‘, the other two stories are quite good also. Karen Black who at the time had not been considered a horror film actress excelled in the lead roles of this film and especially the last segment. If you have not seen this film I recommend that you do it. Hopefully it still stands the test of time and new viewers are as frightened by it as original viewers were in the 1970’s.

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Fun facts:

During the “Julie” segment, a shy teacher agrees to go to a movie with a student. The movie is supposedly a French vampire film, but what we see on the screen are scenes from The Night Stalker.

Karen Black came up with the idea of grinning and showing fang-like teeth similar to the ‘zuni’ doll in the final scene of  ‘Amelia.’

In the Nightmares and Dreamscapes episode, “Battleground” (Stephen King) the hitman has the Zuni fetish doll from “Trilogy of Terror” in a display case.

 

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(TV Guide Ad pic thanks to ‘Joe’s Rec Room’)

Throttle – Stephen King/Joe Hill – Kindle Single/Book review

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I don’t know if any of you reading this have ever owned a motorcycle, but this story brought back some memories. I haven’t rode a bike in many years but parts of this tale really captured the feeling of an open throttle on an open road. Sons of Anarchy is starting it’s final season in a few days, so I figured this would be a good time to review Throttle.

This is a Kindle single, a novelette of approximately 50 pages, by a father and son team about, among other things, a relationship between father and son. The very first page of the story makes an interesting acknowledgement; A story inspired by Duel by Richard Matheson. The difference here is, it’s a gang of bikers on the run that are being chased and crushed by a crazy trucker.

If anyone has not read any of Joe Hill’s fiction, I would strongly recommend it. He captures some of the best qualities of his father without going off on a tangent in the middle like so many of King’s stories. Hill also has the advantage of a younger person’s views and tapping into the mindset of younger generations. Possibly even better than the two authors separate stories is when they work together. Throttle is a fast and tense story that will get road rage characteryour heart racing. It’s the kind of story that is hard to put down once you’ve started and you may find yourself finishing it in one sitting. You’ll be thrilled by every point of action and every reveal of secrets held by this band of bikers known as, The Tribe.

If you are into bikes, the open desert road, and maniacal truckers hell-bent on murder, this story will hit all the entertaining sweet spots. It’s a short but engaging read.

This was first released in a commemorative anthology honoring Richard Matheson in 2009 along with a dozen A-list authors such as Ramsey Campbell, F. Paul Wilson, William F. Nolan and Joe R Lansdale. The book was titled, He is Legend and each story in the book is based on a Matheson original. Then it was in the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, edited by Stephen Jones. Then in 2012, it was adapted into a Comic Book by IDW Publishing as Road Rage and seems to have at least 4 issues.

I definitely intend to purchase and review He is Legend in the near future.

Throttle Kindle Single – http://www.amazon.com/Throttle-Kindle-Single-Joe-Hill-ebook/dp/B007QXV9S6

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All aboard, Terror Train

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All aboard, Terror Train

From NYC to Chattanooga, through winding paths and cityscapes, it grinds the rails and shatters the dead of night. It comes, stopping at stations along the way, to steal the screaming souls of the living and the dead and transport them to hell… Terror Train

Come along for the ride, if you dare!

I am proud to announce the release of Terror Train from JWK Fiction, a collection of horror stories sharing the title’s theme – they all take place on, or are concurrent to a train. Includes the short story by (me) Michael Thomas-Knight, Steel Deliverance.

Best of all I share this space with noted writers and wordsmiths such as:

William F. Nolan, Roger Cowin and William Cook.

I love themed anthologies and having grown up in a town that had a railway running through it, I had witnessed death on the rails more than once. This is one of my favorite themes and I’m thrilled to have my story, “Steel Deliverance” accepted into this publication.

If you are so inclined, check out these horrific tales on locomotive rails, a collection that is sure to terrify and entertain, take the journey with us, on the Terror Train.

Terror Train – Amazon kindle format

Terror Train traditional paperback

Available from JWK Fiction

Edited by Krista Clark Grabowski and A Henry Keene

Cover art by Stephen Cooney

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Full author list:
Roger Cowin
Charie D. La Marr
Michael Thomas-Knight
Mark Rigney
Stephen Alexander
Mike Jansen
Justin Hunter
Mary Genevieve Fortier
Jeremy Mays
Murphy Edwards
Dennis Banning
Brigitte Kephart
Brian Barnett
Mathias Jansson
Abdul-Qaadir Taariq Bakari-Muhammad
Aaron Besson
Stephen Alexander
Jim Goforth
Dona Fox
Tony Bowman
Rie Sheridan Rose
Dale Hollin 
David S. Pointer

Stuart Keane
William Cook
Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
Stephen Alexander & Roger Cowin
A. P. Gilbert
Shane Koch
William F. Nolan
Teri Skultety
E.S. Wynn
Lori R. Lopez
Thomas M. Malafarina
Leigh M. Lane 
Alex S. Johnson

Plus Dedications and Appreciations by Keene and Grabowski