There are those of us reading this who still remember the sweet shocks of the made-for-tv 1970s horror movie. Usually spat out by ABC under its Movie of the Week moniker, they were less daring, less profane but occasionally brilliant exercises in compact genre mayhem.
These prime-time flicks employed network stars in melodramatic tales designed to seep under your skin—often in less than 90 minutes, commercials included. Y’know, stuff like Don’T Be Afraid Of The Dark, Crowhaven Farm, Moon Of The Wolf…and of course, the immortal Karen Black
vehicle Trilogy Of Terror
Which brings us to the man who not only gave us Trilogy Of Terror
, but several more of the best ‘70s TV-movie macabres, the late and indisputably great Dan Curtis
. He was the driving force behind the cult ‘60s daytime vampire soap opera Dark Shadows
and its theatrical adaptations (1970’s excellent House Of Dark Shadows