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Shocktober 2013 - TV anthologies

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It starts tonight October 1st...I plan to see the episode Cats Cradle

In this episode a man returns to see an old friend and brings along a curse of sorts created by making shapes with a cats cradle.

Well that was kind of interesting, a slightly spooky intro and outro - the story was kind of good but the acting was clunky at best and it was not scary - it would be interesting to see a modern version of this tale though

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October 2nd - plan to see The Clown

An abused wife seeks comfort with a mute clown

Good story with better production values and acting than Lights Out plus the opening and closing narration are nicely done - subtle. It was probably considered scary for its time - I liked it

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October 3rd - going to watch Revenge later tonight

A woman is attacked and her husband seeks revenge when the police are unable to help

Good acting , solid story and just a little bit weird towards the end ...overall good stuff

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People who added this item 937 Average listal rating (644 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 9
October 4th - I plan to see The New Exhibit tonight

A waxwork display of famous murderes is decommissioned and the caretaker decides he can look after the dummies

This was a good episode excellent acting with touches of creepiness, a shame you can guess the ending quite early

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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Watched 5th October Summer Heat

A man witnesses a murder in an apartment opposite his own but when the police arrive find the place completely empty

A quite good story very similar in vein to One Step Beyond, more of a puzzling mystery than a scare

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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Watched the episode The Purple Room on October 6th

A man inherits a house with a bad history but must stay one night in it to prevent his brother getting ownership

The best tv episode so far, damn creepy in places

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Tonight October 7th I plan to see the episode Dissolve To Black

An actress is invited to a set to play the part of a witness to a murder

well that was a bit weird and creepy - nice but irrelevant intro by a young Roald Dahl

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October 8th - I plan to see the episode Do Not Open Until Doomsday

A groom encounters a strange box as one of his wedding prssents with a lens on one side and gets zapped...

Well that was a good episode, weird, a bit off centre...creepy but the ending was bit...meh
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October 9th - I plan to see the episode Deathday

A man gets fed up with his wifes infedility and decides to take action


This was a bit of a mindbender but more like a play OK but nothing great
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October 10th - the episode Eve to watch this night

A young man becomes obsessed with a shop window dummy, female of course

This starred a young Dennis Waterman. A bit creepy and sad especially the ending.
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October 11th - I plan to see the episode The Lake tonight

A husband having an affair plans to get rid of his wife

Enjoyable but predictable
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
October 12th -I plan to see The Caterpillar tonight

A man arranges the murder of another by having an earwig/caterpillar placed in his ear, the earwig of course starts to eat the brain and kills the victim painfully

Wow this story is a classic - but I wonder if this was the first tv presentation of the story
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Tonight October 13th I plan to see the episode Baby

A young couple move to the countryside while the husband tries is hand at being a vet his pregnant wife becomes increasingly fearful of the place which escaltes when they find a mummified/dead small monkey like creature while builing

This built up the creepiness very well but was let down a bit by the lame makeup on the final reveal
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October 14th - I plan to see the episode Silent Scream

A newly released prisoner starts wôrk in a pet shop for a former concentration camp victim but cannot resist going back to his old ways as a safecracker....

The best story so far with 2 great actors Peter Cushing and Brian Cox and lots of twists and turns

Only letdown by an absurd ending which anyone with basic physics knowledge would know how to escape/avoid
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Tonight October 15th I plan to watch A Coffin For The Bride

A man who uses and marries then murders his new wives repeatedly comes across a woman he falls in love with and a lonely woman he can use

Nicely done but it was fairly predictable
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.4
October 16th - I will watch the episode Closed Circuit

A TV presenter finds out he is due to be replaced by a simulation

This was more of a sci-fi mystery than anything but it was pretty good not spectacular
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October 17th

This was difficult as I had seen nearly all the first 3 series so I plumped for something in the 4th series Never Speak Ill Of The Dead

Friends of a doctor are convinced he has killed his adulterous wife

That was okay a little predictable
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
October 18th - I plan to see the episode The Cruellest Cut

A prostitute is murdering clients meanwhile one man becomes a bit obsessed with a pro

This was okay not in the slightest scary but it was great to see Melody Anderson

A bit of a lame twist
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October 19th - I plan to see the episode The Geezenstacks

A girl gains a dollhouse and strange things occur to her family when she plays with the dolls

Fairly predictable but creepy and well done
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People who added this item 341 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
October 20th - lets see how a horror for kids fares tonight. I will see the episode Haunted Mask

A girl fed up with being the nice girl obtains a mask for Halloween and turns cruel

This was pretty good but because its for kids it had to end happily
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October 21st - The Fruit At The Bottom is the episode I will see tonight

A would be author visits an editor and plans to kill him

A very good manic performance by B movie legend Michael Ironside in this - not scary at all but fun
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People who added this item 367 Average listal rating (237 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
October 22nd - I intend to see the episode Chameleon tonight

A space shuttle returns to Earth and may have brought something deadly back with them

This was just an ok story, totally scifi/fantasy with only one potentially scary moment
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October 23rd - The Match Game

A group of teens visit a haunted house and take turns to create a scary story...which comes to life

Tis was better than average but went too OTT imho
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October 24th - Death Of Some Salesmen

knowing the reputation of TFTC and its adherance to comic book horror I researched the creepiest episodes...this was the only one I had not seen

This was fun and a bit twisted. Tim Curry , heavily made-up plays 3 roles in this
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October 25th - I lost my list of the episodes...this is one about Dolls

A girl encounters a dolls house and realises that a former owner is somehow trapped inside

Quite creepy but as its a kids horror it just had to have a happy ending
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
October 26th - I plan to see the episode Toby

A pregnant woman loses her unborn baby boy in a car accident and starts having strange experiences

This was more a drama than anything else - ok a tiny bit sppoky
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October 27th - I will watch the episode State Of Grace

A newly released prisoner starts work in a hospital where he becomes involved in caring for a female in a coma

No scares but this was ok, more Twilight Zone than anything
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October 28th - I will watch the episode Vampirology tonight

A camera crew follow the life of a modern vampire during one night

Ignoring the obvious try-hard stuff of being edgy and lots of swearing this was actually pretty good
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
October 29th - the episode Bradford In My Dreams

A man has a recurring nightmare that he has to travel to Bradford deliver a case and then return home

Not at all chilling or creepy but a nice mindfuck ending
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October 30th - The Have A Great Band Here episode to watch tonight

Based on a Stephen King short story this is just a long sub par piece
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People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
Halloween October 31st - I plan to see the episode The Sacrifice

4 fugitives stumble across an old fort only to find there are vampires there

Well at least this episode was goo, not original but well made and well done - nice to end on something of above average quality
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Each night I will watch one episode from a TV anthology in the horror/mystery/suspense/supernatural genres hopefully moving through the eras as chronological as possible

NOTE - I am rating these shorts in comparison to everyday TV programmes as TV simply could not do the gore,sex and general nastiness which makes modern horror - where it can compete is in story acting and overall creepiness

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