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I was a little to young in the seventies to remember this TV series and even as a kid I was never really into horror movies or TV, But I have come to appreciate them as I've grown older. I started researching horror TV shows on the web and came across this series. It seems that everyone remembers the more popular horror TV series such as Thriller, Night Gallery, Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. All great in there own right. But it intrigued me to see some of the episodes of Ghost Story/Circle of Fear since it only ran a season way back in 1972 to 1973 to see if it was any good. So I typed it up on EBAY and low and behold there were episodes for sell. Well I took the opportunity to buy some, four episodes of the TV series and to my surprise they were great. I only have eight episodes total so far of the series run, 23 in all but the episodes that I do recommend that I have are "Elegy for a Vampire", "Time of Terror", "The Dead We Leave Behind", "The Summer House", "Dark Vengeance", and "The Phantom of Hearld Square". It really surprised me how well some episodes were and the guest stars that they got for the series are great Jason Robards, Stuart Whitman, Jodie Foster, Hal Linden, Mike Farrell, Martin Sheen to name just a few. Robert Bloch wrote one of the episodes and the series has a great horror atmosphere. I truly recommend this series to anyone if you love 1970's horror TV.
I fondly remember this series as I also was a kid in the seventies. The should definitely release this on DVD. Maybe we should start a petition. I'll have to look up and do some research but I believe the studio that filmed these was Universal but I'm not sure. Anyway, Sebastian Cabot was a great host for when it was called "Ghost Story" and then the other 12 or so episodes the host was dropped and they changed the name to "Circle Of Fear". A lot of great actors and familiar faces from the seventies were featured. There was one episode starring Doug McClure as a rancher who suspected that his wife was cursed with becoming a cougar and at midnight would chain her up. It's actually much better than it sounds, LOL. Another episode aptly named "Body Parts" featured Meg Foster (the actress with the incredibly light and spooky blue eyes) being one of three transplant patients who somehow begin to exhibit the behavior of the original donor who I think was some mass murderer or something. It was so long ago so I don't recall the exact details. Some other notables included Janet Leigh, Susan Dey, Martin Sheen etc. What I also really loved and that has really stayed with me all theses years was the great atmospheric musical score of each episode done by Billy Goldenberg a staple of seventies television in those days. It would be really great if Varese Sarabande a company that specializes in putting out movie and TV show soundtracks on CD would put this one out.
Ghost Story (the TV Movie--1972) was the pilot for the NBC series. The movie was well-written and well-acted and, I thought, when the 1972-73 tv season started, if the tv series is half as good as the movie, then NBC has a winner. (I wish this film was available on video!!) The series was a colossal disappointment--even with William Castle as exec. producer. If, however,you have a chance to see the original TV movie, Ghost Story, check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Barbara Parkins just filmed "A Taste of Evil," around this time and it looks like she was going to become the early seventies scream queen. Barbara Parkins was one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. The first episode of "Ghost Story" is done very well. It is the only episode, which I can recall with the stars filmed inside the Del Coronado in the opening scene. Barbara Parkins and David Birney make a very attractive couple. However, the show definitely belongs to Barbara. Barbara makes an enchanting heroine, who reminds you of Victoria Winters from "Dark Shadows." Barbara hears intruders in the house and the husband finds no one. Oh I forgot to say, Barbara is a pregnant rich heiress. The house is built over a gallow. Is Barbara being haunted or is her husband trying to drive her crazy in order to get her money? The only way you will find out is to watch this episode, which is surprisingly not on DVD. Please try to find this from a collector and be prepared to be entertained and scared.
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Was this the show that totally scared the crap out of me when I was about 11 years old because the ghost wanted the baby ? If so it is the scariest thing I've ever seen. I am 44 years old now and would love to see this again. I have two boys ages 10 & 7. I think I would like them to see it also. I must watch it again first though. It is amazing how things can scare you without todays over done special effects & all, like someone already said no curse words or blood. As far as a comment goes like I said , if this is the show I think it is then it was chilling right down to your bones and haunted me for nights,weeks months & years on end and to anyone who asks I tell them that this is my #1 scariest movie of all time. So if anyone out there can confirm that this is that show please do so. Thank you , Aloha : )
Okay, I doubt this is on DVD anywhere. In fact, I'm shocked (and pleased) that there are those that even remember it because of it's short run. Can anyone who remembers this show remember any plot lines from specific stories. I was only 6 or 7 when it was on, but I was hooked. In fact, it came on the same night as The Sixth Sense with Gary Collins which also scared the crap out of me. I vaguely recall a certain episode with Loretta Swit but the details are fuzzy. There was also one set in a creepy old hospital. Anyway, if anyone remembers any further details about this show or if it is indeed available somewhere on tape or DVD, please share. Nothing like the seventies for good supernatural TV. Night Stalker, Night Gallery. Great stuff.
Ghost Story,(The New House) is a terrific horror story. This is from the Circle Of Fear and the Ghost Story series of the early seventies.The beginning and ending of each story is narrated by Sebastian Cabot. Remember him from the early family series, Family Affair in the 1960s? This particular story has Barbara Parkins and David Birney as the lead actors, and as the main characters in the story.I saw this recently,and I was so scared!If you are alone,I would not recommend that you watch this.This story is terrific,no gore or curse words, but very scary. Barbara Parkins played the young bride. David Birney played her husband.Both actors were very good in their parts.If you like scary, fun,terrifying ghost stories, then you will like this little gem. I gave this a high rating.I highly recommend this story.
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I grew up watching this series. I was about seven/eight years old when it was on. I still remember the 1st episode which was called "The New House." It scared the h*ll out of me! I can almost still hear that statue, laughing madly. And the ending, oh my God! The hooror spirit comes in the room for the child: Yikes! This was classic TV and it was a one of a kind series. I have found a DVD collection for sale on the internet: 2 actually. My question to any readers: Has anyone purchased this set? Its a bootleg. Both sellers claim to have very good copy. I have a sketchy and poor DVD of "The New House" episode, and a couple of other episodes that are a bit better,however, if anyone knows if these are much clearer it would be worth it to me to buy and share with my kids. A great series, clever, scary and daringly supernatural. Thanks in advance to any fans who have the low down on any of this- In fact, I'd love to discuss it. Chris Walker
I like Ghost stories. Good ghost stories of bumps in the night, voices that cannot be explained. Now I've see many of them. As special efx have a ever more grip on todays films, some times to find a real gem , you gotta turn the clock back to the time when the writers and directors really had to use their heads to create really good ghost stories. Now this one, very rare , pilot episode for the TV series Ghost Story called " The New House " was one of the most scariest films I ever saw. It was on once in 1972,...I was only 9,..but nothing since then even compared to it. With all the remake going on in Hollywood, some one should do this one " as is " with no more special efx than the original. This episode was down right creepy as hell. I'm lucky to find it finally on DVD today and very rare and hard to find. The only other 2 Ghost Stories to even come close was the ORIGINAL " The Haunting " and George C. Scott in " The Changling " . Wish someone would do more ghost stories like these.
This show scared the hell out of me, but yet I was compelled to watch
it every week. I was only 9 years old when it first ran, and the theme
music is about all that is still in my head today !! I do however
remember being very disappointed when it only ran two seasons. After
reading other comments, some of it came back to me ... People in Mason
Jars, the Doll House, and the Rocking Horse episodes. My wife (a year
younger than I) does not remember this show, yet she did like watching
Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and others at the time.
We now have three boys (8,10,& 12), and all have always been strangely obsessed with scary movies, Halloween, etc. (go figure). I would love to see this series released on DVD for them to experience, as it is hard to find good scary stuff today that is suitable for young viewers. Most of what is suitable they have already seen ... I.E. Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Twilight Zone, etc. I'm also obviously curious to see this show today from a 40 yr old's perspective !!
What triggered my search for "Ghost Story / Circle of Fear" was seeing an ad in the paper yesterday for "Night Gallery, Season 1" being released on DVD.
I remember watching this show as well, but it did not grab my interest like Ghost Story /Circle of Fear did back then.
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