Television Fright Films of the 1970's by David Deal

By David Deal

If the made-for-television motion picture has lengthy been considered as a bad stepchild of the movie undefined, then telefilm horror has been the main uncelebrated offspring of all. thought of unworthy of serious cognizance, frightening videos made for tv have bought little detect through the years. but thousands of lovers grew up staring at them--especially through the 1970s--and take into accout them fondly.

This exhaustive survey addresses the inability of severe consciousness by way of comparing such movies all alone advantages. overlaying approximately a hundred and fifty made-for-TV fright video clips from the Nineteen Seventies, the e-book comprises credit, a plot synopsis, and important remark for every. From the well-remembered Don't Be terrified of the Dark to the better-forgotten Look What's occurred to Rosemary's Baby, it's a reliable and enjoyable advisor to the golden age of the televised horror motion picture.

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