Night Gallery (1970 series)
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.
- 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
- Rated: TV-PG (mild 1970s TV violence, gore, and creepiness)
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.
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- "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.
- "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.