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Night Gallery
« on: April 28, 2012, 10:05:19 PM »
Any fans of this '70's anthology show here? One of the spookiest shows to hit television and had Rod Serling as the host. The paintings that introduced each story ran from not-so hot to fantastic, as did the tales themselves. Over three seasons, a lot of talent of the day were featured on there: Vincent Price, John Carradine, Bill Bixby, Leslie Nielson, David Carradine, Leonard Nimoy, David McCallum, Burgess Meredith and more. All three seasons are finally available on DVD now as well.

This series belongs up there with Twilight Zone, Thriller and Outer Limits for some fantastic storytelling of the weird and bizarre kind. What are some of your favorite episodes?
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 06:17:30 AM »
Off the top, Pickman's Model ( adapted from HP Lovecraft) & The Doll, from an Algernon Blackwood story, also one of the scariest reads I've encountered.
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 06:50:18 AM »
The Doll is one of the creepiest tales presented on there..Good call!
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 07:41:45 AM »
I loved the surreal quality the show had.  The episodes I remember best are Cool Air (from the Lovecraft short story) and The Girl With The Hungry Eyes (from a short story by Fritz Leiber). 
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 09:54:50 AM »
When I was a kid (the 70's), "Night Gallery" was one of those things that was a little too much...a touch scarier than typical scary TV fare (and even some movies).  Even when the intent was a morality play, the vengeful ghost would be depicted in a most unwholesome and frightful way, as I recall.  The paintings themselves (prints of which they used to sell in magazines and comic books, remember?) were even a little too much!

Didn't dare watch it as a kid, and then even later I found some of the episodes very scary!
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 10:02:18 AM »
The opening score was nightmarish.  I remember watching (I think) channel 11 during Summer weeknights and getting this lineup:
The Odd Couple
The Honeymooners
The Twilight Zone
Night Gallery...

WOW. 

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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2012, 02:36:44 PM »
Some of the best episodes:

The Cemetery(from the pilot)
The Dead Man
Room With A View
Certain Shadows On the Wall
Clean Kills and Other Trophies
The Doll
The Last Laurel
A Death In the Family
Class Of '99
Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay
A Fear Of Spiders
The Academy
The Phantom Farmhouse
A Question Of Fear
Dr.Stringfellow's Rejuvenator
Pickman's Model
Cool Air
Camera Obscura
Logoda's Heads
Green Fingers
A Feast Of Blood
The Miracle At Camafeo
The Waiting Room
Last Rites For A Dead Druid
Deliveries In the Rear
Dead Weight
Sins Of the Fathers
The Caterpillar
Return Of the Sorcerer
Girl With the Hungry Eyes
Rare Objects
The Other Way Out
Death On A Barge
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2012, 02:58:19 PM »
Wow!  Those episode titles sure bring back some memories!
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2012, 07:08:00 PM »
My favorite is "The Devil is not Mocked", where the Nazi's meet Count Dracula.
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2012, 07:44:21 PM »
"Night Gallery" was truly great at adapting classic horror short stories. So many great stories that, today, are just being ignored.
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2012, 08:11:01 PM »
When I was a kid we lived in a duplex and my bed was up against the common wall.  I'd hear the neighbors watching Night Gallery while I tried to sleep. Scarred me for life.

The paintings from the show are easily found online http://www.nightgallery.net/index.html?title.html&0 but, I'd like to see them collected in a nice book.

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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2012, 08:33:11 PM »
Sylvester Stallone purchased a handful of the series' paintings and has them in his Hollywood office.
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2012, 09:02:33 PM »
When I was a kid we lived in a duplex and my bed was up against the common wall.  I'd hear the neighbors watching Night Gallery while I tried to sleep. Scarred me for life.

The paintings from the show are easily found online http://www.nightgallery.net/index.html?title.html&0 but, I'd like to see them collected in a nice book.

Shouldn't the "Night Gallery" book promoted on nightgallery.net have the paintings in it.
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2012, 10:48:36 PM »
I absolutely love Night Gallery (even though when my grandma watched it late at night I ran into the other room when the opening music played.....but that doesnt leave this thread.  ;))

Pamela's Voice is one of my favorites--just a short, fun horror story that has a real kicker of an ending. It's just what Serling does, totally awesome.

Now the best of the absolute best, for me anyhow, is not at all horror themed. "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar." This episode is INCREDIBLE! way ahead of it's time and totally out of the box as far as the genre goes.

I remember watching that a few years back and for few reasons I was just down on myself, feeling like crap. The entire idea of this episode help lift my spirits a bit. You can't live in the past, gotta press forward and move on. The shot of the main character crossing the street to the new bar and his "new life" right while they show the wrecking ball knock down Tim Riley's place......to me...that is borderline genius storytelling and TV.
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Re: Night Gallery
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2012, 11:16:43 PM »
Love it !!  I have been trying to collect all the episodes on vhs recently.
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