Scary TV Memories

Another Halloween has come and gone, making this the perfect time to reflect on some spooky television moments that linger in my memory. The new American Horror Story: Freak Show has had some terrifying moments, not the least of which is Twisty the Clown, the most nightmare-inducing clown since Pennywise from Stephen King's It. The scary TV memories from my youth may not measure up by today's standards of fright, but they still linger in my mind as utterly creepy.

On Saturday nights as a kid, I remember watching with my grandmother (may she rest in peace) Chiller Theatre on Channel 11 here in New York. It was an anthology of classic horror movies, but what a recall most was the weekly opening sequence, with a claymation six-fingered hand emerging from a bloody swamp, grabbing the letters of the title. It gave me goosebumps every time.

One of my favorite classic Star Trek episodes was "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" which was written by horror master Robert Bloch.  The most fearsome part of the show was the towering android Ruk, played brilliantly by Ted Cassidy (Lurch from The Addams Family and the second bionic Bigfoot from The Six Million Dollar Man).

Anyone remember the original miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot?  The scariest scene to me was when the little kid vampire floats outside the window and stars scraping on the pane.

Which TV moments frightened you when you were younger?


Jeff McGinley said…
Oh, no contest. The original made for TV Don't be Afraid of the Dark with Kim Darby. It gave me nightmares for years and scared me so bad my sister is still terrified of hearing "saaaaaallyyyy" and she never saw it, only hear me telling her about it.
Nick Leshi said…
Good one, sir! I remember that. Definitely scary.