Night Gallery (1970 series)

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Night Gallery (1970), AKA Rod Serling's Night Gallery; The Sixth Sense (1972) is sometimes included in syndication; the anthology film Encounters with the Unknown (1973, narrated by Rod Serling) is similar in tone and content

Summary

Jack Laird's 1970s anthology Weird/fantasy/horror series, hosted by Rod Serling as our guide through the "Night Gallery", a collection of bizarre and unsettling paintings, sculptures, and anthology TV teleplays based on stories written by H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Fritz Leiber, August Derleth, and others.

A 1972 series with mostly a different host (Serling hosted only five episodes) called The Sixth Sense about psychic abilities is sometimes included in the Night Gallery syndication package, and a 1973 anthology film Encounters with the Unknown narrated by Rod Serling and containing three allegedly true encounters with the supernatural covers similar territory.

Details

  • Release Date: 1970-1973
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, anthology television series
  • Starring: various guest stars
  • Director: various
  • Writer: Jack Laird, Rod Serling, et.al.
  • Producer/Production Co: Jack Laird, Rod Serling
  • View Intro/Trailer: (link), (link), (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-PG (mild 1970s TV violence, gore, and creepiness)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

The series as a whole was not particularly "Lovecraftian", but two of Lovecraft's stories were adapted for the series, as well as a number of stories from other members of the "Lovecraft Circle", resulting in a series that had a relatively large number of weird fiction stories in it.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

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Suggested Episodes/Segments

  • Night Gallery:
    • "Cool Air (1971 short)", by H.P. Lovecraft
    • "Pickman's Model (1971 short)", by H.P. Lovecraft
    • "Return of the Sorcerer (1972 short)", by Clark Ashton Smith - A sorcerer (Vincent Price) hires a translator to decode an ancient Arabic manuscript that's connected to his twin brother's death.
    • "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me (1971 short)" - A comedic vignette about a vampire count who hires a babysitter."
    • "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture (1971 short)" - "A comedic vignette about a professor who gives a lecture on ancient cults that turn out to be real.
    • "Brenda" - A lonely girl falls in love with a slimy creature she traps in a quarry.
    • "Big Surprise", by Richard Matheson - A strange old man persuades a group of boys to dig for a big surprise.
    • "The Dead Man", by Fritz Leiber - A physician's experiment in hypnosis comes to a terrifying conclusion.
    • "The Sins of the Fathers" - A young man must cleanse his father's sins by feasting in front of the father's corpse.
    • "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" - A boy's fascination with snow lures him into a fantasy world.
    • "The Dark Boy", by August Derleth - A teacher tries to reach a strange fourth-grader.
    • "The Painted Mirror", by Donald Wandrei - An antique dealer uses a mirror reflecting an alien landscape to get rid of his hateful business partner.
    • "Lindemann's Catch" - A strange metamorphosis occurs when a sea captain captures a mermaid. (Similar to "The Fisherman of Falcon Point (fiction)".)
    • "The Doll", by Algernon Blackwood - A hideous doll is used for revenge against an officer in the colonial forces of Queen Victoria.
    • "The Caterpillar" - A British expatriate in Borneo plots a gruesome assassination of a romantic rival.
    • "Last Rites for a Dead Druid" - A woman is tempted to buy a statue that resembles her husband ...and is modeled after a satanic sorcerer.
    • "Whisper" - A young wife in a remote country house finds herself in thrall to strange and insistent voices of the dead.
  • Encounters with the Unknown film:
    • "The Darkness" - A boy's dog disappears in the vicinity of a hole in the ground from which frightening sounds have been emanating; the boy's father agrees to be lowered into the hole to see if he can recover the dog, and to find out what's making the noise.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The Sixth Sense, an unrelated (and almost entirely non-Lovecraftian) 1972 Anthology series about ESP hosted by Gary Collins (Rod Serling hosted only five episodes), is sometimes packaged with Night Gallery in syndication; episodes were originally an hour long and had to be edited down to fit into the Night Gallery half-hour time slot. (Studios find it easier to sell programs in syndication when they have more episodes in the package, as local stations know audiences are more likely to grow tired of a program is the same episodes are repeated over and over again within a short period of time, so adding the edited Sixth Sense programs made syndicating the program easier.)


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