Circle of Fear (1972–1973)
"Ghost Story" (original title)

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


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 Winston Essex / ... (14 episodes, 1972)


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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Release Date:

15 September 1972 (USA)  »

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(23 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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

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16 July 2002 | by (Sunderland, MA) – See all my reviews

I liked this series. The one episode I remember best is "Concrete Captain," where the body of an old sailor is entombed in a block of concrete. He was killed by the grandfather of one of the characters in the story (I think it was a mercy killing) by having a harpoon chucked through his heart. The top of the harpoon still sticks out of the concrete. Then the ghost of the sailor comes back to haunt everyone.

I also liked the theme music. I actually recorded it off the TV one night with my first cassette recorder. I still have that tape.

When they changed it to "Circle of Fear," I thought it was a mistake. The theme music was dumb, too.

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