An anthology of suspense dramas concentrating on individuals confronted with supernatural occurrences.

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Host Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

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Ghost Story (1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Several old college friends converge at a mansion, ostensibly for a pleasant reunion. Larry Dann, the most easygoing of the bunch, comes to the conclusion that all is not well in the old ... See full summary »

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The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
The Terror (1963)
Horror | Thriller
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A young officer in Napoleon's army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.

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Stars: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight
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A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook
Dead of Night (TV Series 1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A horror anthology series of chilling tales.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Anna Cropper, Bernard Brown
Dead of Night (1974)
Horror
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A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus
In Search of... (1976–1982)
Documentary | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Leonard Nimoy hosts investigations into various mysteries.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Inger Armour, Marcel Vogel
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A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher
Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Comedy
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The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod
Journey to the Unknown (TV Series 1968)
Mystery | Thriller | Sci-Fi
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A British anthology series about everyday people finding themselves put into unusual circumstances...many of them supernatural in nature.

Stars: Michael Callan, Joseph Cotten, Brandon De Wilde
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 Winston Essex / ... (14 episodes, 1972)
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Anthology series focusing on the supernatural. Winston Essex opened each episode by taking the audience into his spooky old mansion and introducing the plot, which could range from a vampire preying on college students to a ghost haunting a house to an old man using voodoo against his own family. On January 5, 1973, the series changed its title to "Circle of Fear", the Essex character was no longer part of the show, and the stories didn't always feature supernatural themes Written by Anonymous

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15 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Beginning with the 14th episode, the series title changed from "Ghost Story" to "Circle of Fear" and Sebastian Cabot's role as host was eliminated. See more »

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Followed by Circle of Fear: The New House (1972) See more »

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Frightful....
14 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best thing you can say about a show that tells scary stories is whether or not any of the stories, indeed, scared you. And, in this instance, they did.

"Ghost Story" (best known by me as "Circle of Fear"), told some deceptively simple stories about people in frightening circumstances, some deserving it, others not, and all of them were well-mounted in my humble-yet-informed opinion.

Obviously, some talented directors were on hand in their early days (Donner, Moxey, Rich) and some of the stories did indeed frighten the heck out of me, even if I was just seven at the time (maybe THAT'S what's wrong with me now. Oh well...).

The episodes I remember best were as follows: a grandfather who gives his grand-daughter a voodoo-like doll house; a man kills his wife and her lover then sees their bodies rise up on his TV; murder victim seeks revenge through donated body parts already on their recipients... there are more but it freaks me out just remembering them.

Sure, they may have been corny and dumb but they did their job and were effectively scary. And yes, they SHOULD be back on the air (I think some episodes are already in smaller-market syndication); Sci-Fi Channel, are you paying attention? There's money to be made here....

Eight stars for "Ghost Story". Frightful fun - just turn down the lights and grab you popcorn...and maybe a pillow to hide behind.


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