Ray Bradbury Theater (1985 series)

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Scene from "The Long Rain" segment of Ray Bradbury Theater (1985 series)...

Summary

A fantasy anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, whose teleplays were often based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Details

  • Release Date: 1985-1992
  • Country/Language: France/UK/Canada/New Zealand, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Anthology
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 30-minute commercial television slot)
  • Starring: (various)
  • Director: (various)
  • Writer: Ray Bradbury
  • Producer/Production Co: HBO, Alberta Filmworks, Atlantis Films, Ellipse Animation
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Wikipedia Page:(link)
  • IMDb Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to a TV-PG for very mild, 1980s TV-friendly Violence and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

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

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

The series was written by pulp magazine Weird Tales contributor Ray Bradbury; though otherwise Bradbury and Lovecraft have little else in common, sometimes Bradbury hits some of the same "Weird fiction" notes that Lovecraft does.

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

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Review (Full Series) by Douglas MacLean at Home Theater DVD Info (link) - "Some of the stories presented here have gone beyond becoming genre staples and on to part of our culture."
  • Review (The Crowd) by Steve Lewis at Mystery*File (link) - "It’s slickly done, with high production values, and there are some appreciably spooky moments. But it didn’t work for me in any way, shape, or form..."
  • Review (The Crowd) by Phil Nichols at Bradbury Media (link) - "Bradbury ... made some substantial changes to his story in this dramatisation. Unusually, however, the changes do not fill out the back story, but instead take the story further than it originally went. The ending is also substantially different."

Synopsis

Episodes that may interest fans of "Lovecraftian" films:

  • "The Playground" (Episode 1x02) - A man haunted by playground bullying discovers that his son is being tormented by the same children.
  • "The Crowd" (Episode 1x03) - A car crash victim finds himself surrounded by a crowd until an ambulance arrives; he begins to suspect something is wrong when he sees the same crowd at another accident, and finds them present in surveillance footage of still more accidents.
  • "Skeleton" (Episode 2x08) - A man sees a mad bone specialist for a cure to his latest complaint: a skeleton that does not fit his body right.
  • "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!" (Episode 4x12) - A worried father starts to believe that his son's mushroom garden is taking over the neighborhood.
  • "Zero Hour" (Episode 6x02) - A self-involved mother begins to realize something is wrong with her daughter when she notices that children across the country are under the influence of the same seemingly imaginary friend named "Drill"....
  • "The Jar" (Episode 6x03) - An impoverished yokel with no respect finally impresses family and neighbors with the mysterious contents of a large jar.
  • "The Long Rain" (Episode 6x17) - An update to the story that appears in The Illustrated Man (1969 film), in which explorers crashland on a rainy, tropical Venus, and attempt to make their way to the nearest Sun Dome survival shelter.


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Comments, Trivia, Dedication

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Keeper Notes

  • "The Crowd": A car crash survivor recruits the investigators for help after discovering evidence of the same crowd of ghoulish figures present at his own crash and many others....
  • "The Long Rain": Some pre-gen adventurers crash-land on a hostile tropical Venus, and must survive the rain, the darkness, the hostile wildlife, and the natives as they make their way to the safety of a Sun Dome with a broken GPS....
  • "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!": An invasion of Fungi from Yuggoth can be traced to a comic book ad for raising giant "Amazonian" mushrooms in the basement....
  • "Zero Hour": A seemingly unrelated series of bizarre accidents and cases involving 8-year-old children are revealed to have more in common than it seems, in the form of the kids all having the same invisible friend....