It’s almost trick or treat time, so to celebrate what is arguably the most ghoulish time of the year, I have picked 5 of what I feel are the scariest TV shows of all time. I’m counting down 1 show per day until I get to what I feel is the Scariest TV Show of All Time.
Along the way, I’ve gathered feedback from Flint area Halloween/horror enthusiast, David Hamilton. Hamilton has followed horror movies and TV series since the late 60s/early 70s. One of his former homes, a 100-yr-old Victorian, was featured on ABC12 News Flint for its elaborate Halloween decorations/haunted house feel. Hamilton also volunteers at local haunted houses and has dressed as several different zombies and horror characters, like the ‘Halloween’ franchise films’ famous villain Michael Myers.
Click here if you missed yesterday’s piece on #5, ‘The Outer Limits’.
#4. ‘Tales from the Darkside’ – Produced by famed horror master George A. Romero, this series ran from 1983-1988, and was based on Romero’s horror anthology movie, ‘Creepshow’. The series opened with the camera tracking through a sunlit forest with the following unforgettable monologue (set to eerie music):
‘Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But… there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit… a DARKSIDE.’
The episodes were adaptations of short stories from famous horror genre authors, like Stephen King. His short stories ‘Word Processor of the Gods’ and ‘Sorry, Right Number’ were featured on the series.
Season 2, episode 5 was called ‘Halloween Candy’ and was about a cantankerous old man who was mean to trick-or-treaters. He ended up the target of revenge from a freaky goblin. (Don’t watch this before you pass out candy this year!)
The episodes all ended with the same narrative voice saying:
‘The dark side is always there, waiting for us to enter, waiting to enter us. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.’
Several famous actors also guested on this series, including Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, Deborah Harry and William Hickey. Slater, Harry and Hickey also appeared in the 1990 ‘Tales From the Darkside’ movie, which featured another Stephen King short story, ‘The Cat From Hell’.
Local horror buff David Hamilton said:
‘You can’t get more classic horror than George Romero. The ‘Dead’ series of movies are probably my horror favorites, especially ‘Dawn of the Dead’. Something about black and white film makes zombies creepier. In ‘Tales From the Darkside’, Romero uses demons a lot in the stories. There’s nothing darker or scarier than a demon.’
‘Tales From the Darkside’ DVD box sets are available via special order from Barnes and Noble in Flint. Click here for store location information.