"LIGHTS OUT" (1949-1952): "Lights Out" was an early television series based on eerie dramatizations of the radio broadcasts of the 1930s. The broadcasts made writer and director Arch Oboler a household name synonymous with the macabre. It was brought to network television between 1949 and 1952. A precursor to shows like "The Twilight Zone," "Night Gallery" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Lights Out" is a chilling remnant of old-fashioned ghost story-telling.
The Passage Beyond: Rodd & Milly Turner and their houseguest return from a party to their creepy gothic home... a house haunted by the ghost of family ancestor Lady Ann.
The Man With The Watch: A series of unexplained disappearances perplex Mike Wilson, a police detective under fierce pressure to solve the mystery.
"THE VEIL" (1958): These tales of the macabre, hosted by Boris Karloff, were featured in the ill-fated TV series, "The Veil" (1958).
Jack the Ripper: Walter must come to terms with his clairvoyance to stop London's most feared killer, Jack the Ripper.
The Return of Madame Vernoy: Young Santha would be pleased to marry her suitor, Rama, except that she is still married - to her husband from a previous life.
"WITCHCRAFT" (1961): Little is know about this early supernatural thriller. Based on true stories by William B. Seabrook and hosted by Franchot Tone, the show never made it past the pilot episode. Skillfully written and produced, "Witchcraft" was as underappreciated as it was ahead of its time.
The Doll in Brambles: Witches and hexes are laughable to most - except Louis, who is kept from marrying young Marie after a curse is placed on him by the dreaded witch, Madame Tirelou.
Based on a radio show, LIGHTS OUT was a creepy horror/sci-fi show that has two episodes collected here--"The Passage Beyond" and "The Man With The Watch." Also included are "Jack the Ripper" and "The Return of Madame Vernoy" from a TV show called THE VEIL and "The Doll in Brambles," which is an episode from a show named WITCHCRAFT.
Horror Movies |
Television / TV Series |
Television Programs |
Horror stories from the earliest days of television
Movie Lover: call me Z from
somewhere out there -- May, 12, 2006
Man, I hope Alpha can dig up some more episodes of Lights Out. I used to watch it late at night on The Sci-Fi Channel, so I know there are other, even creepier episodes out there. It's kind of a clumsy (yet charming) show, shot live on an ancient form of videotape. The two preserved here aren't bad, involving some hystrionics in a haunted house, and a sci-fi-ish tale about a guy with a magic watch. (If you pay attention you can watch the (pretty bad) actors flubbing lines). What these stories may lack in scares they make up for in historical interest. The opening narration is about as weird as anything ever shown on TV. "Hell-oooo..."
The episode of Witchcraft is good, and it's too bad it's the only one they ever made. And The Veil is always a great lost show; you can't go wrong with anything that has Boris Karloff in it.
Film Collectors & Archivists: Alpha Video is actively looking for rare and
unusual pre-1943 motion pictures, in good condition, from Monogram, PRC,
Tiffany, Chesterfield, and other independent studios for release on DVD. We
are also interested in TV shows from the early 1950s. Share your passion
for films with a large audience.
Let us know what you have.