CBS Library: Season 1, Episode 1

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary (21 Oct. 1979)

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Vincent Price narrates three tales of terror: "The Ghost Belonged To Me," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The House With A Clock In Its Walls".

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Severn Darden ...
Jonathan Barnavelt
Mike Brick ...
Lewis Barnavelt (as Michael Brick)
Mary Betten ...
Selena Izard
Alexandria Johnson ...
Girl Ghost
Christian Berrigan ...
Alexander
Pat Petersen ...
Tarby Corrigan
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Blossom Culp (as Jessica Lynn Pennington)
Pamela Brown ...
Katrina
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Wayne Heffler ...
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Robert Foster ...
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Vincent Price narrates three tales of terror: "The Ghost Belonged To Me," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The House With A Clock In Its Walls".

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A hidden treasure worth seeking out
17 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have vivid memories of being encouraged to read in school. We'd take trips to our library and let loose to choose something. These days most kids don't seem at all interested in cracking open a book. They want their entertainment to come quicker and more easily. Movies and video games are fun too, but nothing beats being engrossed in a book. Programing that promotes reading used to be in greater amounts. 'Reading Rainbow' was a brilliant way to get kids to read. Another example that some may remember, is this After School Special. Hosted by the late and great Vincent Price, it's all about the rewards of reading. In this case, it's books about, as Price puts it, "All manner of ghoul and monster."

Pros: Cast is game. Eerie music for each segment. Swift pace. Spooky atmosphere from start to finish. A few standout scary sequences and images. Good job on the make-up effects. Does a decent job of encouraging one to read.

Cons: None of the acting is bad, but some of the cast hams it up. Pretty dated. First two segments may be too short.

Final thoughts: They just don't make things like this anymore. Seems most people now want nothing but gory deaths and beautiful faces. Those looking for something more old school should track this down. It's perfect viewing at night with the lights off.

My rating: 4/5


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