Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TV Horror Anthology: Ghost Story aka Circle of Fear

Ghost Story
aka Circle of Fear
NBC 1972

William Castle goes back to the well with the modern gothic formula that worked so well in Rosemary's Baby and pretty much nowhere else, including here.  A shame considering the names that were involved: Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Jimmy Sangster.  The first thirteen episodes were hosted by Sebastian Cabot as Winston Essex, the owner of the hotel Mansfield House.  Because nothing says terror like one of television's most friendly faces speaking from a pleasant sunny resort.  After the rating didn't improve, Cabot was dropped and the name changed to Circle of Fear, though the stories remained in the realm of the supernatural.

The washed out VHS copies I saw didn't help, but the whole series screams 70s made for TV movie, all hair and earth tones.  The only stand out was Legion of Demons, if only because it had Dr. Moustache Love himself Paul Carr as part of a corporate coven.

Other moments of interest include what may be a prenatal appearance by Sean Astin, and Tab Hunter proving that, despite his camp charm, he could barely talk, much less act.

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