Sunday, May 12, 2013

MMM: Horror Nostalgia 1960s

Welcome back to my Horror nostalgia romp!  Since we're now in the 60s,  I have to confess I actually saw the originals of some of these -- I used to love "Dark Shadows" -- but I was really,  really little.  Honest!

Horror TV Shows of the 1960s:

The Outer Limits (1963-1965)
"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…"
Interesting Notes:  Some of the FX on “Outer Limits” were re-used on “Star Trek” (1966-1969). 
  • A prop head from "Fun and Games" was used in Star Trek to make a Talosian appear as a vicious creature. 
  • The moving microbe beast in "The Probe" was used as the Horta in "The Devil in the Dark" and operated by the same actor, Janos Prohaska. 
  • The process used to make pointed ears for David McCallum in "The Sixth Finger" was re-used in Star Trek. 
  • The "ion storm" seen in "The Mutant" (a projector beam shining through a container containing glitter in liquid suspension) became the transporter effect in Star Trek. 
  • The black mask from "The Duplicate Man" was used by the character Dr. Leighton in "The Conscience of the King." 
  • The Megazoid from "The Duplicate Man" and the Empyrean from "Second Chance" were seen in cages near Captain Christopher Pike’s cage in the first Star Trek pilot "The Cage."


The Addams Family (1964-1966)
Cast: Gomez Addams: John Astin; Morticia Addams: Carolyn Jones; Wednesday: Lisa Loring; Pugsley: Ken Weatherwax; Uncle Fester: Jackie Coogan; Grandmama: Blossom Rock; Lurch: Ted Cassidy; Thing (a disembodied hand that usually appears out of a small wooden box): billed as "Itself" but played by Ted Cassidy; and Cousin Itt: Felix Silla.


The Munsters (1964-1966)
Cast: Herman Munster: Fred Gwynne; Lily Munster: Yvonne De Carlo; Grandpa (Sam Dracula): Al Lewis; Eddie Munster: Butch Patrick; Marilyn Munster: Beverley Owen and Pat Priest.


Dark Shadows (1966-1971)
Cast: Barnabas Collins: Jonathan Frid; Quentin Collins: David Selby; Victoria Winters: Alexandra Isles; Dr. Julia Hoffman: Grayson Hall; Carolyn Stoddard: Nancy Barrett; Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: Joan Bennett; Roger Collins: Louis Edmonds; Maggie Evans: Kathryn Leigh Scott; David Collins: David Henesy; Angelique: Lara Parker.


Horror Films of the 1960s:

13 Ghosts (1960)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1960)
Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Psycho (1960)
Village of the Damned (1960)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Taste of Fear (1961)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The Birds (1963)
Godzilla vs. Mothra (1963)
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (1963)
The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)


Do you remember any of these TV shows or movies?

Come join me tomorrow for Horror TV and Films of the 1970s -- when TV shows are finally in color!




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20 comments:

Kate Larkindale said...

I love the Addams Family! The Munsters, not so much. It always felt like an Addams Family rip off.

And isn't Whatever Happened to Baby Jane creepy? Apparently Bette Davis and Joan Crawford hated each other so much, they actually hurt each other quite badly while fighting on screen.

tfwalsh said...

You know I've never watched any of the original Dark Shadow episodes? I watched the latest movie, and it was pretty bad.

Carmen Jenner said...

You've got to love the classics! I don't know how many times I sang my way through Little Shop of Horrors!
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Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I had no idea about the Twilight Zone effects, and there I thought I was a Trekie :). I tried to watch the more modern version of Dark Shadows (not the movie the series), but I have to say I couldn't get into it, which for me is amazing, because I am a huge vampire fan.

I always like The Invaders when it was in reruns on BBC2 in the 80s (however I bought the DVD of s1 and have to say, it is not quite as thrilling as I remember :).

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a fav monster movie of mine. I keep meaning to find the book it's based on.
Tasha's Thinkings

Ben Ellis said...

No way! Little Shop of Horrors is not that old! Great post!

Candilynn Fite said...

The Adams Family, yes! The Munsters, yes! And Rosemary's Baby, double yes!! Great MMM post!

On a different note, I'm super-duper curious about POSSESS in your sidebar. Did you read it? Did you enjoy it? I need a book about possession. Let me know!

DL Hammons said...

Dark Shadows was a favorite of mine and I was SOOOOO DISAPPOINTED with the camp remake that came out last year. :)

mshatch said...

Now you're talking about stuff I DO remember! I used to watch those shows - heheh - and I remember adoring Dark Shadows as a third grader :)

Maynard Morrissey said...

Nice selection of some great 60s classics. Big fan of Birds and Psycho, love Rosemary's Baby, Baby Jane and NOTLD.
I've seen Hush Hush & Wait Until Dark back in my younger days, but I don't remember much, so I guess it's time for a rewatch :-)

Suze said...

Lexa, what a great post! I was aware of 'The Outer Limits,' I love the opener, but had no idea it was such an effects precursor for 'Star Trek.'

When I was a teacher, I had a student who called me Wednesday because of the black skirts and sweaters with white oxfords underneath that I often wore. Plus I had the long dark hair and occasionally did it up in braids. :)

I'm going to check out your 50s post.

Stephen Hayes said...

The Outer Limits terrified me when I was a kid. I'd sit in the hallway so I could run away when the monsters broke through the TV.

Magaly Guerrero said...

The Outer Limits (old and new) is one of my favorite shows. Right there with the X-Files. You can find me watching reruns... more often than I probably should ;-)

Beth said...

I don't watch a lot of horror, but Wait Until Dark is a classic!

Elise Fallson said...

These were before my time but I do remember watching reruns of some of these like The Addams Family. And Godzilla vs. Mothra, again before my time, but for some reason I get a kick out of watching it.

Nas said...

Wow! What a line up! And sorry to say I didn't watch any of these! I started watching horror releases from early 90s. Now I need to rectify that!

Shannon Lawrence said...

That was a good decade for horror films! The Birds, Rosemary's Baby and Night of the Living Dead, especially. I love The Munsters and Addam's Family, plus what I've seen of The Outer Limits.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

DMS said...

I loved The Addams Family and The Munsters! I also have seen Psycho, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, and The Night of the Living Dead. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.
~Jess

Heather Holden said...

Aw, I absolutely adore The Addams Family--so much so, I even own the series on DVD! :)

Dani said...

My parents told me that they would rush home from school to watch Dark Shadows. Another awesome list!

Shah Wharton said...

I have at some point seen all the movies, watched Munsters all the time but never saw Dark Shadows. I'd never heard of it till the Depp remake. I'd like to... might have to scout about for a download somewhere :)

Shah x

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