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1981: Horror Double Bill
In the late 70
Yep, the kids really won't know what they missed. We got a VCR in 1982 and the first two films we hired were The Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Horror never looked the same again!
Brilliant finale, Vaughan. Ever thought of doing a book?
Oh, and one last thing, when do we get a thread on the Appointment With Fear series that ran on ITV?
Watch the magic pumpkin!
Sadly we ran into some troubles with these articles, Marc screwed up.
Still, they're out there now. We have some more articles planned, so keep an eye out. The next one we've started (joint effort this time with jack and I) will take a little time though (lots of films to watch) but should be fun.
I would like to also let everybody know that anybody here can have an article published on the site - just let us know what you have planned and we'll help you out with it (if you need any help that is .
Yeah, thanks so much for these trips down memory lane. Very well written, entertaining, and informative as usual
The 1981 season is the one that I remember most. At the time, I used to keep a notebook and jot down short reviews of the films - mostly the first half of the bill as I wasn't allowed to watch the second film. Wish I still had that notebook! Would've been a laugh to read what a 13 year old Ade thought to Val Lewton. Actually, I remember enjoying those quite a lot despite their antiquated feel and genteel approach. I always managed to stay awake anyway...
I must have managed to see a few of the second half movies. I certainly recall watching Zoltan and really enjoying it. Didn't catch Crazies though.
Wasn't Mystery Of The Wax Museum filmed in an early form of colour cinematography? I would've watched it on a black and white portable in my bedroom so it wouldn't have made much difference anyway.
If you were a sports fan as well as a horror fan, Saturday 4th July 1981 was definitely a day to take the phone off the hook, phone the local Newsagents to say you were too ill to do your afternoon paper round, and book a place in front of the TV.
You not only had the start of '81's horror double bill season to look forward to, but also the last Wimbledon Finals confrontation between Borg and McEnroe (this was back when the mens finals were held on a Saturday).
The '81 double bill season was probably where many horror fans first remember seeing Race With The Devil which I have to admit has remained a '70's cult favourite of mine ever since.
And the double bill shown on Saturday 25th July was particularly memorable as the Beeb gave horror fans an extra bonus - a rather classic short film sandwiched in between the two main features. Does anyone remember this?
The film was about a seemingly harmless telephone box.
Although the horror double bills were abandoned in 1982 (to return in '83 with a season of Universal classics), film fans were treated to a film season entitled Hitchcock. The first double bill was on Saturday 24th July 1982 and kicked off with Strangers On A Train and Psycho.
think that film is la cabina which was shown on channel 4 too.the hitchcock season was pretty extensive i believe.
i have the 1983 universal list if u r interested
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9/7/83: Dracula, Frankenstein 10.00-11.10, 11.15-12.30
16/7/83:Bride of Frankenstein 11.45-1.05
23/7/83: Dracula's Daugher, Son of Frankenstein 10.05-11.15, 11.55-1.35
30/7/83: The Mummy, Ghost of Frankenstein 10.35-11.45, 11.50-1.00
6/8/83: The Wolf Man, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man 10.40-11.50,11.55-1.10
13/8/83: Son of Dracula, House of frankenstein 10.15-11.35, 11.40-12.55
20/8/83: The Mummy's Hand, House of Dracula 10.05-11.10,11.15-12.25
03/09/83: The Black Cat, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Raven 9.45-10.50, 11.30-12.30, 12.30-1.35
According to Video Viewer THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and (THE HORROR OF) DRACULA were originally to end this season. I'll see if I still have the relevant articles.
Yes.i Posted Little Bit On Cult Movie Forums About This
sorry that should have read british horror movies forum!double bill was shown Xmas 1984 on 28 December
Any more articles in this vein coming soon?we were gently teased before that there might be. I would suggest one on the Universal season of 1983 and the Hammer seasons of 1984/5 and 1987
are there any more articles like this in the pipeline?
Anybody else having trouble getting into these articles.I can get into the comments thread but the actual link to the articles at the top can't be cliked on
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