Cool Air (1971 short)

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"Cool Air" (1971 Night Gallery episode)

Summary

Based on "Cool Air (fiction)", this is the story of a woman who falls in love with a man with a peculiar affliction that leaves him confined to a room full of cool air....

Details

  • Release Date: 1971
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, anthology TV show segment
  • Runtime: 26 min
  • Starring: Barbara Rush, Henry Darrow
  • Director: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Writer: H.P. Lovecraft (original story), Rod Serling
  • Producer/Production Co: Jack Laird, Rod Serling
  • View Film: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (none) (probably a "G" or "PG" for mild gore and creepiness)

Tentacle Ratings

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

  • SSS__ (Three Tentacles: Lovecraftian)

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:

  • Y.Whateley: My favorite adaptation of this Lovecraft story; as usual, the original story has gained a romantic subplot in the adaptation, but, unusually for this modification, the result perhaps works in the story's favor, adding a touch of humanity to this relatively "un-Lovecraftian" tale in a way that feels perfectly natural, while enhancing the horror of the outcome.
  • TheLurker.com: (link) - "Although he uses Lovecraft's grim idea, Serling's telling is much more ambitious.... A fine adaptation of the unadaptable, cheapened only by some lazy plotting and by the too cute inscription on the gravestone..."


Synopsis

Based on "Cool Air (fiction)", this is the story of a woman who falls in love with a man with a peculiar affliction that leaves him confined to a room full of cool air....


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