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

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Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
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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
When Michael Calls (TV Movie 1972)
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A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from a relative who died 15 years prior. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Douglas
Dead of Night (TV Series 1972)
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A horror anthology series of chilling tales.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Anna Cropper, Bernard Brown
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

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A scientist and his wife lead a team into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a serial killer.

Director: John Hough
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin
It! (1967)
Horror | Sci-Fi
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Director: Herbert J. Leder
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The Evil Touch (TV Series 1973)
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In Search of... (1976–1982)
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Leonard Nimoy hosts investigations into various mysteries.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Inger Armour, Marcel Vogel
One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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Ghost Story (1974)
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Director: Stephen Weeks
Stars: Marianne Faithfull, Leigh Lawson, Anthony Bate
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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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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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A mixed bag but worth catching.
19 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Despite, typical seventies TV cinematography, marred by over-lighting, and bland paint by numbers art direction, (the show often looks like an episode of "Qunicy"--hardly ideal for supernatural horror--just imagine, ten years earlier it might have had the glorious monochrome of "Boris Karloff's 'Thriller') this program is, nonetheless, unjustly forgotten. I saw it in its original prime time incarnation and though it can't approach the sophistication of Britain's "Journey to the Unknown," and had more duds than hits, several episodes were standouts, and the entire series needs to again see the light of day.

The pilot, (entitled, "The New House") aired in March, 1972, and featured Sebastion Cabot as the program's host, grandly swaggering about an old world luxury hotel, as he expounds upon his fondness for the glories of earlier times. He then spots Barbara Parkins, (never more beautiful than here--her close-ups are lovely) the protagonist of the teleplay at hand, seated at the bar, and expresses his doubts as to her future happiness (with good reason as you will soon see!) All this serves as the springboard for her saga--a tale of witchcraft--with elements not unlike "Crowhaven Farm". This episode, despite being marred by some excessive lovey-dovey dialog between Parkins and on screen husband David Birney, is effectively rendered, and surprises in the power of its extremely bleak denouement.

The show changed its title to "Circle of Fear" in Jan. 1973, though the stories continued to be supernatural in character. Amongst the better "Circle of Fear"s were:

1) Still lovely Eleanor Parker's riveting performance as a tortured mother in a splendid yarn of spectral siblings, "Half a Death" written by the accomplished Henry Slesar.

2) The Janet Leigh episode, "Death's Head" which contains a deliciously foreboding visit to a seaside carnival gypsy, who later turns up in a woozy nightmare sequence.

3) The story depicting Martin Sheen and Kim Darby as newlyweds coping with a malefic toy horse.

4) The always superb Shirley Knight, (in an outstanding Emmy worthy characterization) as a diffident young typist who finds new meaning in the phrase, "office politics" in "Legion of Demons." This episode is extremely provocative and disturbing in its images and dialog, some of which make it hard to see how it got past the censors--and is arguably the best written of the series.

Unfortunately, the series had more bombs than clicks, which may account for its premature demise. Still, tastes vary, and there are doubtless viewers out there who will enjoy the Helen Hayes, Melvynn Douglas, and Tab Hunter episodes as well. As for the trivia-ites, note that the Jody Foster episode features the Samantha and Darren Stevens house from "Bewitched."


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