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So when I was a kid, Night Gallery scared the crap out of me so much that eventually I was forbidden to watch it. (And to give you an idea of how low my terror limit was, I was also forbidden to watch "Dark Shadows" because of Angelique and that growing shadow plotline.) I mean genuine, heart-pounding, dry-mouthed terror. One of the things that scared me nearly to death was the Night Gallery episode "The Doll." On a whim, I rented it from Netflix the other day, expecting to laugh at my juvenile weakling self.

You know what? Still scary! (What did surprise me was how little the doll actually appears onscreen. I remembered a whole other scene that's not in there. That would be my imagination filling in the gaps that the technology of the time couldn't precisely illustrate, I suppose.)

Seriously! I mean, holy crap! Am I reacting to my old terrors? Probably, a bit -- but even after 40 years, I think that show holds up. Considering that they had nothing but makeup and music, they managed to pump up the adrenaline. No wonder I spent my childhood shuddering in the dark, too scared to scream.

Date: 2011-03-22 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matthewsrotundo.livejournal.com
The Night Gallery episode that scared me the most was the one with the mermaid--"Lindemann's Catch," it was called.

As a child, I literally could not look at the screen during the climax. Watching the episode again many years later, I realized I should have. It would have been a lot less frightening.

Date: 2011-03-22 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Yeah, generally thir payoff wasn't as scary as the atmosphere they delivered. Which is interesting, from a writing perspective!

Date: 2011-03-22 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girfan.livejournal.com
I still don't like the "Talking Tina" episode of Twilight Zone and anything with ventriloquist's dummies. Not scared, just uncomfortable.

Date: 2011-03-22 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Dummies are freaky. I don't know whether they're freakier now that they're pretty much history, or less freaky.

More freaky, I think.

Date: 2011-03-22 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bogwitch64.livejournal.com
I didn't watch scary stuff as a kid. My imagings of what I wasn't watching terrorized me MORE than if I actually watched them. Just reading girfan above mention Talking Tina above gave me the shivers, and I never actually watched it.

Date: 2011-03-22 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
There was another one, too. Chatty Cathy?


Date: 2011-03-22 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hildebabble.livejournal.com
I have the bejeezus scared out of me on a regular basis. It doesn't take much. :)

When I was a kid there was some scary show (for kids) that had an episode where a wicked witch was hiding in somebody's shower. I always pull back shower curtains, to this day.

Date: 2011-03-22 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
You know... if a witch was going to hide in the shower, she could at least clean it!


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