Mar. 22nd, 2011

eljaydaly: (TheDoll)
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.

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