Discover the Horror Podcast: Episode 11 – Made-For-TV Horror

Did you know that once upon a very earthy time, major broadcasters made films specifically to be shown on TV, and that of the thousands that were made, a whole bunch were horror films? On this episode, we transport you back to a time of shag carpet, rotary phones and pants-wettingly scary films with commercial interruptions. In this episode, we are discussing A Cold Night’s Death (1973) starring Robert Culp and Eli Wallach, Dan Curtis’ The Norliss Tapes (1973), and Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot (1979).

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Below are the titles mentioned during this episode:

Dark Shadows
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
The Night Stalker
Outer Limits
Twilight Zone
The X-Files

The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Blood Beach (1980)
Crownhaven Farm (1970)
The Devil’s Rain (1975)
Dead Snow (2009)
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
Dracula (1974)
Eaten Alive (1976)
The Exorcist (1973)
Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)
Gargoyles (1972)
The House that Would Not Die (1970)
How Awful about Allan (1970)
Killdozer (1974)
Mark of the Devil (1970)
Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
The Night Stalker (1972)
The Night Strangler (1973)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973)
The Possessed (1977)
Satan’s School for Girls (1973)
The Sentinel (1977)
The Shining (1980)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll (1967)
A Taste of Evil (1971)
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Thing (1982)
Turn of the Screw (1974)

5 thoughts on “Discover the Horror Podcast: Episode 11 – Made-For-TV Horror

  1. Loving the episode so far! Every Friday since May of 2020, I’ve been posting a “TV Terror Guide” review of a 1970s television thriller. Going chronologically, I started with Ritual of Evil (1970.) I’m currently up to Reflections of Murder (1974.) Anyway, those are just reviews of the movies. I love the context and further explanation of the phenomenon that you guys are providing! A great resource is Television Fright Films of the 1970s by David Deal.

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    • Thanks for the praise! I love the fact that you’re doing that, since there are so many great titles out there that came out during that time!

      And yes, I also recommend the book by David Deal.


  2. Good episode! I’m also a fan of “The Norliss Tapes” and “Salem’s Lot”, but was not aware of “A Cold Night’s Death” and watched a decent online copy of it this afternoon. Intriguing little flick with a cool ending. For my money, however, the best Made-for-TV Horror is “The Night Stalker” and “The Night Strangler” films – enjoyed these as a kid and they still hold up today.

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  3. I had completely forgotten about A COLD NIGHT’S DEATH. What a great movie! Now I have to seek this one out even if it is a bootleg version. Thanks for bringing back a great memory. Now to find SPECTRE too.


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