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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