Sunday, October 13, 2013

small screen horror gems by karen g.

With Halloween in the air, I decided to make a list of some of my favorite “made-for-TV” horror movies.  I actually saw some of these titles for sale for around $3 a pop at an electronics store recently.  I warn you – you might be overpaying for some of these!  But if you have room in your heart for something cheesy, a little terrifying and fun – you may want to look into the following list of movies that never made it to the big screen.  There’s nothing like these grainy 70’s horrors on a rainy day in the fall.

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

A couple inherits an old mansion that is inhabited by strange creatures who want to make the young wife one of their own.  (Do be afraid of the remake starring Katie Holmes – let’s just say I wasn’t a fan).

A Howling In the Woods (1971)

A woman on vacation in the woods is suddenly disturbed by her husband endlessly trying to convince her to return to their home.  All the while she hears a mysterious howling in the woods at night.  You’ll enjoy the Larry Hagman realness.

Bad Ronald (1974)

When a shy, bullied teenager accidentally kills a neighbor, his mother decides to hide him in a hidden room in their house.  But when mother goes for an operation and dies, the house is sold to new owners, except Ronald is still hidden in the house.

When Michael Calls (1974)

What would you do if you kept receiving phone calls from a child who claims to be your nephew who died 15 years ago?  Look out for a young Michael Douglas in this fun thriller.

Paper Man (1971)

It always starts with a harmless prank doesn’t it? A group of college students create a fictitious character so they can get a credit card.  Things go horribly wrong and quickly three of them are dead.  This one stars Dean Stockwell and his entire head of hair.

The Screaming Woman (1972)

While walking the grounds of her estate one day, a recovering mental patient suddenly hears the screams of a woman coming from beneath the ground.  Trying to prove her insane so they can inherit her fortune, her family refuses to believe her story and they endeavor to prove that she has snapped.  This one is for the Olivia de Havilland fans out there.

The Spell (1977)

Tired of being taunted by her schoolmates, a teenage girl uses her supernatural powers to take revenge.  Sound familiar?  This is pretty much Carrie without the budget, but it’s still fun to watch.

Salem’s Lot (1979)

Definitely one of the more popular “made-for-tv” titles - this one has its fair share of creepy moments and lots of camp.  From the mind of Stephen King, but brought to you by Tobe Hooper.

Someone’s Watching Me (1978)

A cat and mouse game ensues as a woman is tormented in her apartment by a stranger who constantly calls and seems to be watching her every move.  This one is by John Carpenter.

Something Evil (1972)

A young couple moves into a rural farmhouse and soon realizes an evil presence in the house is trying to take possession of the wife.  Fun fact – this is one of Steven Spielberg’s earlier films.

-Karen G.


  1. Karen, this is great! Just the premises of these stories are campy fun. And you gotta love how young Michael Douglas looks like old Michael Douglas. Which is your fave?

    1. Your comment made me laugh! I think Michael took a lot more career risks when he was young Michael Douglas. So many more Razzy Nominations were in his future back then.

  2. I was just telling my boyfriend about Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. I enjoyed the remake to an extent, but it was nowhere near as creepy as the no budget original film!