Category: Horror

Boris Karloff’s Thriller

If you’ve read the ZONE for any length of time, then you know about my love of monster movies, drive-in theaters, horror movie hosts like Sammy Terry, as well as scary [well at least they were when I was a kid] tv shows like The Twilight Zone, The Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, and The Invaders.

One show that fits into the horror genre but you’ve never heard me talk is Thriller. Hosted by the legendary, Boris Karloff, Thriller ran for 67 episodes from 1960 to 1962. From all accounts Thriller featured episodes that had some of the best scares and creepy stories that could be found anywhere. Stephen King called it,

“Probably the best horror series ever put on TV.”

Yet, for some reason it never showed up in reruns and only appeared with sporadic episodes on VHS and laser disc. That’s changed now that Thriller -The Complete Series is available on DVD with tons of extras.

If you’re like me, you’re hesitant to plunk down your hard-earned bucks without knowing more. Well, we’re in luck because at A Thriller a Day, one episode of the series is reviewed, you guessed it, each day. Even if I end up not purchasing the series, I’m going to enjoy reading about it. The two guys running the site have a good banter going, they’re refreshingly honest {they’ll call a clunker story, just that] and yet they also have an obvious love for the genre. If I was to make any suggestions to them it would be to change their rating system. Now they rate each episode from one to four Karloffs like this…

Perhaps it would be more horrific if they rated the episodes like this…

Hammer Time!

My guess is that several regular ZONERS (especially Bill Black and Chris Mills) will end up with the recently announced Art of Hammer book.  It’ll feature the poster art from the Hammer horror films.  It’s currently on sale for less than twenty buck which is a pretty scary deal.

Big Monster News

Harry Knowles at AICN recently announced that AICN is going to present and run the Famous Monsters of Filmland.com website.  This is especially exciting news because Harry has a passion for horror films.  He also has a huge fan base that he can attract to the site.

I love horror/monster movies and when I was a kid Famous Monsters of Filmland was always a fun read.  But up until Harry’s announcement, I wasn’t even aware that there was a Famous Monsters website.

In other monster news, /Film posted a report that Tim Burton is developing a 3D film called MonsterpocalypseTim Burton and the title alone make it worth a look.