OTM, especially the "or forgotten" bit
― I have some kind of staph infection, and the only prescription is IALEX (sic), Sunday, 1 May 2011 20:27 (twelve years ago) link
there was also a kind of creepy sub genre for kids in which you could include say:
all terrifying to me at pre teen age. especially The Book Tower.brrr.
― piscesx, Sunday, 1 May 2011 20:32 (twelve years ago) link
Children of the Stones: Like The Wicker Man, but with ancient stone circles... for kids.
― Hippocratic Oaf (DavidM), Sunday, 1 May 2011 20:56 (twelve years ago) link
Image-wise England is way more gritty and raw, too. The landscape and the age-old history it encapsules seeps through any story you set there,
True, which also has a lot to do with the vast bulk of '60s and '70s American film and TV being shot in LA. There's definitely a sort of "sickness beneath the sunshine" vibe to some Hollywood productions that England can never hope to capture. Maybe more American horror would have had a gloomy pagan Lovecraftian feeling if the industry were centered in Boston. Cronenberg may have come the closest to capturing that English feeling in some of his '70s work, since Canada is a lot greyer.
(interesting that the U.S. doesn't have more of a tradition of ancient-Indian-curse stories --Poltergeist aside I guess. Wonder if that storyline's just too uncomfortable for the culture to handle)
Really? The ancient indian curse seems like such a cliche that it would be impossible to list how many times it was used. But again to the question of geography and architecture, there's something fundamentally different about it due to the lack of permanent native american architecture in the midst of big American cities and suburbs. It's one thing to have some Indian artifact or the land beneath your development be haunted, but it's not quite the same as your local church or pub, or entire village being taken over by a lurking evil.
So, lots of ancient architecture with pagan historical connections within easy filming distance of London, plus wartime experiences of actual invasion combined to create a fertile ground for exploring all sorts of themes of invasion and corruption from both outside and in.
― wk, Sunday, 1 May 2011 21:10 (twelve years ago) link
As a kid, The Omega Factor used to scare the living shit out of me. My friends and I used to reference bits of it out and it was shorthand for the shitting-your-pants-scary-creeping-through-derelict-house adventures we would occasionally have. Because this was only broadcast in Scotland (to my knowledge) not many people remembered it. A few years ago it came out on DVD and I snapped it up, of course it wasn't a tenth as scary, and it's so damn *slow* and everything in the sets seem to be different shades of brown, but it's still faintly eerie.
Seems like the filter of childhood remeniscence contributes to this feeling, it's always retropective but it's very attractive, for instance when I see those Ghost box covers that Julian House designs I get such a strong notion of school textbooks and suchlike from my own past.
Anyhoo, check out the titles and the relentlessly brown colourscheme
― the crap gig in the sky (MaresNest), Sunday, 1 May 2011 21:40 (twelve years ago) link
it's in my wish list, they def broadcast it in England too
― bell hops (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 May 2011 21:42 (twelve years ago) link
imo a good part of the creepiness is yr exposure to it a certain point in childhood/young adulthood - the supernatural is a metaphor for the not-quite-fathomed mysteries of sex and mortality that are nagging away in yr head at that point in life. of course those mysteries never quite get fathomed which means that creepiness is always going to hang around
― bell hops (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 May 2011 21:45 (twelve years ago) link
there's some old good k-punk posts limning this stuff, aren't they? or maybe it was just a long parenthesis whilst talking about the Fall again. but mentioned the stone tape and the later quatermass.
one wonders if you could include: those creepy public info spots ('apaches' etc); the wicker man; i had a third, but i have forgotten whilst writing this sentence. m.r. james? enh.
― thomp, Sunday, 1 May 2011 21:55 (twelve years ago) link
In a similar vein: never saw the second half of this because my dad sent me to bed on account of it being "a right load of old rubbish". He may well have been right but apparently thanks to the magic of Youtube i can find out.
xp I think the stories of M.R. James play into this but the production values on the stories they filmed make them not quite the same thing maybe?
― bell hops (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 May 2011 21:58 (twelve years ago) link
xpost - sorry -
oh, my original third was dennis potter
op: 'characterized by spartan production values (which are generally made a virtue of)'
i was just trying to work out whether you could draw a line around the era being talked about in terms of whether the bbc was using video or film but i don't think it quite works
but i think mb. the organising principle is that (if we accept for the moment that a lot of the effect of horror -- well, of this sort of creepiness -- is the whole unheimlich palimpsest thing, the idea that this stuff underwrites quotidian experience) this is a period where people in tv are starting to know how the conventions of tv drama have settled down, and are willing to game them -- tho not to the level of, say, the totally silly baker stories with the candy monster, or of 'ghostwatch'
so the formal characteristics of this particular vibe are on some level identical to their thematic ones, is what lends it its odd power
however i am mostly familiar with this stuff at second hand so i may well be talking out of my arse here
― thomp, Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:01 (twelve years ago) link
I've mentioned this before on other threads, but the Open University mnemonic is my all time pant crapping childhood memory and for what reason I still don't know.
― the crap gig in the sky (MaresNest), Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:01 (twelve years ago) link
The flatness of 70's video cameras goes a long way towards the vibe imho.
― the crap gig in the sky (MaresNest), Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:02 (twelve years ago) link
yeah I thought about Potter, particularly Blue Remembered Hills. Altho he is arguably working in a less explicitly supernatural way - even in something like Brimstone and Treacle - i think he is exploiting similar themes of the uncanny. Rather than Invasion, which the UK didn't really experience during WWII, I wonder how many of the writers were expressing anxieties about displacement, and specifically the displacement of city kids evacuated to a sinister-seeming countryside during the war. as well as the rearrangement of the cities caused by bombing etc.
― bell hops (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:08 (twelve years ago) link
and I suddenly remember Penda's Fen which again is a deal better than the campier end of this stuff but rocks the England's Ancient Evil line to brilliant effect. No DVD apparently and i seem to have agonisingly lost my avi of it but copies are out there i think.
― bell hops (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:20 (twelve years ago) link
and a quick wiki search reveals that it was written by the guy who wrote Artemis 81 and the adaptation of James' "The Ash Tree" so duh
― bell hops (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:22 (twelve years ago) link
Well, a huge part of this aesthetic for me is the use of video for interiors and film for exteriors. When I saw Doctor Who on PBS as a kid that was one of the most immediately jarring and almost distancing elements for me. I obviously didn't know technically why it was happening but I remember that distinct feeling that parts of it felt like some kind of old educational documentary and other parts felt like a really bad public access TV show.
― wk, Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:28 (twelve years ago) link
Or actually, a soap opera is a better point of reference for that weird live video look.
― wk, Sunday, 1 May 2011 22:30 (twelve years ago) link
If you want something scary from the 1970s, you can't beat public service information films. This still gives me the creeps, 38 years after seeing it for the first time.
― Cluster the boots (Billy Dods), Sunday, 1 May 2011 23:05 (twelve years ago) link
I wonder how many of the writers were expressing anxieties about displacement, and specifically the displacement of city kids evacuated to a sinister-seeming countryside during the war. as well as the rearrangement of the cities caused by bombing etc.
Interesting idea. One thing that strikes me is the sinister sort of cuts both ways -- you get this sense of lurking pagan forces, but also the idea that "normal," middle-class postwar life is fundamentally hollow, covering over all this other stuff. Which is just normal suburban anxiety in a way, but takes a different form in a country and culture with so much history (as opposed to American suburban anxiety, where the suburbs are hollow because there's nothing underneath, no history, no anything -- or if there is, it's something recent and specific, like the Amityville Horror).
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 1 May 2011 23:12 (twelve years ago) link
This still gives me the creeps, 38 years after seeing it for the first time.
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 1 May 2011 23:14 (twelve years ago) link
but takes a different form in a country and culture with so much history (as opposed to American suburban anxiety, where the suburbs are hollow because there's nothing underneath, no history, no anything -- or if there is, it's something recent and specific, like the Amityville Horror).
yeah, that's what i was getting at earlier. occurred to me when thinking about the 70s-era US boom in occult-themed horror - for example, the brotherhood of satan, which i watched just a few days ago. it's set in a small, isolated town that seems to be collapsing in an orgy of unmotivated violence. turns out that a secret satanic coven is behind things, no surprise, but you never get the sense that the looming evil, however ancient the forces it might draw on, has any real history or deep connection to place. it seems, in fact, more like a foreign invader - or a commie/druggie plot from within, not to put too fine a point on it...
rosemary's baby, perhaps because it was directed by an "old world" european, positively reeks of occult history, but here even history becomes a sort of threat from without. the movie consequently seems like a battle between a placeless and superstitious anciency and the ostensibly rational modern world. to pare it down even further: between corrupt wisdom and innocent naivete, age and youth, europe and america.
upthread, wk says that, "the ancient indian curse seems like such a cliche that it would be impossible to list how many times it was used," but i'm not so sure about that. it's certainly a familiar device, but i'd hardly say that it's dominated the imaginations of american horror filmmakers over the last 50 years. and films like pet sematary and creepshow 2 (both stephen king adaptations, oddly) have often used the idea of the "indian curse" without any perceptible investment in the significance of history or landscape. poltergeist seems more interesting in this regard, given the political implications and the eventual eradication of suburban property as a sort of penitential sacrifice. then there's the shining, which allows any number of readings, but remains maddeningly vague.
i like the idea of an american horror film in which a presence or purpose coded into the landscape, something that predates european settlement, enacts itself in ways that destablize "ordinary" american life. maybe not because the presence/purpose is evil or aggrieved, but simply because its ends are different. there must be examples of this, but i can't think of any offhand...
― normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Monday, 2 May 2011 06:33 (twelve years ago) link
i dunno. maybe i'm giving pet sematary short shrift. though it's not as direct as poltergeist in its suggestion that american comfort is built on genocide, it does invite similar interpretations. the contemporary nuclear family existing in a state of constant existential peril, threatened from one side by the very things that supply its material comforts (the road with its long-haul trucks), and from the other by a terrifying forest that conceals an explicitly forbidden history, stinking of death.
― normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Monday, 2 May 2011 06:43 (twelve years ago) link
The Dark and Lonely Water, Billy Dods up here is sending shivers down my spine... Perfect example!
― RIP Brodie, aspiring bellhop boy, 4 months old (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 2 May 2011 07:50 (twelve years ago) link
voiced by donald pleasance too...
― koogs, Monday, 2 May 2011 11:29 (twelve years ago) link
Even Disney got in on this -- Watcher in the Woods is probably the first movie like this that I saw growing up in Ohio. It was really really scary at the time.
Also, The Shining to thread (re: uh oh burial grounds).
Oh, and speaking of Bette Davis, what about The Dark Secret of Harvest Home?! (The book was really good, too btw)
― deez m'uts (La Lechera), Monday, 2 May 2011 13:15 (twelve years ago) link
The cover is pretty cool -- has the same most dreadful sacrifice theme as Wicker Man, only it's set in a quasi Peyton Place sort of atmosphere. The Widow Fortune is sort of like Lord Summerisle, I guess?http://worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/harvest-home-208x300.jpg
― deez m'uts (La Lechera), Monday, 2 May 2011 13:18 (twelve years ago) link
Haha, we own so many of these things. In fact, just watched Penda's Fen again last night for film club. Such a strange and beautiful film.
I think the Britain = internal/forgotten histories/nature and USA = external/eradicated history/urbanity thing is spot on, actually. I want to agree that the Indian burial ground plot is a very common trope but can't think of many more examples than those already mentioned. I guess America does also have the natural spookiness of vast desert landscapes etc but I'm unsure if that's *uncanny* or something different. I guess it's less centred on the homeliness of the small British island and more on exploration of the unknown?
― emil.y, Monday, 2 May 2011 13:29 (twelve years ago) link
feel like the vibe y'all are talking about got expressed in the US via dystopian future fantasies like phase iv and the like
― don't judge a book by its jpg (Edward III), Monday, 2 May 2011 13:44 (twelve years ago) link
for some reason equivalent US examples I can think of are TV movies
dark night of the scarecrowdon't be afraid of the darkcrowhaven farm
― don't judge a book by its jpg (Edward III), Monday, 2 May 2011 13:48 (twelve years ago) link
thinking of some other "ancient evil" type US films of the 70s
burnt offeringslet's scare jessica to deaththe otherlemora: a child's tale of the supernatural
― don't judge a book by its jpg (Edward III), Monday, 2 May 2011 14:03 (twelve years ago) link
I saw some of these series in the early 80's, and from the perspective of an Italian 10-yr old they seemed extremely eerie, exotic and mysterious. Sapphire & Steel and Children of the Stones were, for lack of better words, just terrifying, but as pointed out upthread even series like The Avengers seemed to have a certain, not-quite-there aura that was puzzling and fascinating.
How was Tomorrow People? I think I saw it, but I'm not sure about it.
― Marco Damiani, Monday, 2 May 2011 14:34 (twelve years ago) link
that tomorrow people sequence was heavily nostalgic for me but I can't remember a damn thing about the show itself
― don't judge a book by its jpg (Edward III), Monday, 2 May 2011 15:17 (twelve years ago) link
Yeah. I was thinking Westworld, e.g.
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Monday, 2 May 2011 15:32 (twelve years ago) link
The closest i can think of from the US might be Twin Peaks. There was a lot of explicit nastiness going on which doesn't necessarily fit easily with the theme but the underlying idea of something ancient and evil in the woods intruding into small-town life has a lot of parallels. It's interesting as i don' think it was ever fixed at a point in history (native American curse, etc). I got the impression it predated that, in a way i'd normally associate with British or European mythology.
― I LOVE BELARUS (ShariVari), Monday, 2 May 2011 16:21 (twelve years ago) link
^ very good call
― normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Monday, 2 May 2011 17:41 (twelve years ago) link
Looking to present a night of creepy-ass UK children's programming from the 70s/80s. Can anybody give me suggestions as to available stuff? This would be much easier if I could just plug a laptop into the video projector, but as it is, I'm stuck with DVDs.
I'm thinking stuff like the Tomorrow People or, if available(probably not), Children of the Stones or The Third Eye.
― Steam Sale Jonesin' (kingfish), Sunday, 8 July 2012 23:14 (ten years ago) link
― coopflaggypost (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 8 July 2012 23:28 (ten years ago) link
Ace of Wands
― Bob Six, Sunday, 8 July 2012 23:35 (ten years ago) link
now on DVD!
― piscesx, Monday, 9 July 2012 01:59 (ten years ago) link
Looking to present a night of creepy-ass UK children's programming from the 70s/80s.
Where are you doing this because I'll book a plane ticket right now. When they used to show that weird block of UK shows on Nickelodeon it was pretty much my favorite thing on television.
― Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 9 July 2012 03:22 (ten years ago) link
Northeast Portland, naturally.
Yeah, Nickelodeon showing these in the early 80s during the Peter Davison era on PBS were a source of immense terror growing up.
― Steam Sale Jonesin' (kingfish), Monday, 9 July 2012 05:04 (ten years ago) link
children of the stones is (was) out on dvd, i have a copy...
and an amazon search for them turns up a lot of stuff in a similar vein, Shadows, Owl Service, TP, S&S...
― koogs, Monday, 9 July 2012 08:42 (ten years ago) link
see also the various public information films of the time... BFI have recently put out a dvd...
― koogs, Monday, 9 July 2012 08:43 (ten years ago) link
"Follow follow follow follow follow woof woof WOOF!Follow that dog, woof woofFollow that dog, woof woofsolving crime is an assetwhich aint too bad for a long eared bassettFollow that dog, woof woofdon't follow that cat, meow meow..."
Cheapest recorded tv theme tune ever?
― Mark G, Monday, 9 July 2012 09:02 (ten years ago) link
This seems to be a cheap source of public information shorts: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Charley-animated-classics-Information-archives/dp/B0001HK0JI/ref=pd_sim_d_h__1Lonely Water very fitting. Apparently no Apaches on there tho' :(
― woof, Monday, 9 July 2012 10:43 (ten years ago) link
here's the BFI version, with apaches
― koogs, Monday, 9 July 2012 11:28 (ten years ago) link
― Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Monday, 9 July 2012 12:25 (ten years ago) link
I remember that thing! Not particularly strongly but I don't recall being creeped out, although it is fucking weird.
The ugly-wuglies scene in The Enchanted Castle by Elizabeth Nesbit definitely qualifies, although the rest of it is distinctly uncreepy. No videos available.
― ledge, Monday, 9 July 2012 16:42 (ten years ago) link
The Stone Tape
― DavidM, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:09 (ten years ago) link
My search for ugly wuglies brought me here. Totally agree with that creepy quality that came up in 70s/80s stuff on UK TV. Good call on Nosey Bonk, Ugly Wuglies and Sapphire and Steele.I'd also add to that list:
- the "Boy from Space" episodes on Look and Read- Hickory House. Some kid of possessed house where presenters interacted with an alive elephantine cushion and a mop end with a red nose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu7w0BeZ7IY- the big-eye-browed serial killer narrator on Words and Pictures- Vision On(with Tony Hart/Sylvester Mccoy) - furry alive caterpillar things darting around and a guy with a white-line painter paiting pictures.- Davros from Dr Who - I once had a highly pleasant dream where he was torturing me with hyperdermic needles.- The blonde-mulletted hippie woman off Music Time.
These are probably completely off-topic but creeped me out also:
- Wizbit, though it's later and not quite in the same league as the above stuff. Still the disturbing product of a deranged criminal mind.- The Dick Emery show full stop.- most of the BBC2 Open University stuff I inadvertently stumbled on in the 70s/80s- Horror films I shouldn't have been allowed to watch: The Ghoul, Horror Express, Island of Terror, The House that Bled to Death- The Belfast Gang on Why Don't You(sorry but they just did)
― Geronibload, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:23 (ten years ago) link
Anyway, back to pining away for the lost recordings of the original A For Andromeda
― Elvis Telecom, Friday, 17 March 2023 07:12 (two months ago) link
one of my friends recommended me two books called "Scarred For Life" by Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence, i've found them to be genuinely excellent considerations of all aspects of this kind of thing
― Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 17 March 2023 14:43 (two months ago) link
Thread revival made me look up Sapphire and Steel and damn, is it as great as it sounds?
There was a vibe so many of these programs had which tripped me out when I’d catch them as a kid. For some reason my local PBS station (iirc) would air Blake’s 7 late at night and the atmosphere and style of it just felt very creepy and odd to me. I don’t know how creepy it actually is, this was something I was watching as a 9 or 10 yr old in the mid eighties.
― omar little, Friday, 17 March 2023 15:58 (two months ago) link
sapphire and steel is a very slow by 2023 standards. it's also made all the weirder when you consider it went out at prime time early evening back when there were only 3 TV channels available.
and the various cases are wildly different
― koogs, Friday, 17 March 2023 16:36 (two months ago) link
Sapphire and Steel is slow and of its time, yes, but it's wonderfully weird and entertaining. If you don't like the first episode, you can safely bail on the rest.
― Brad C., Friday, 17 March 2023 16:41 (two months ago) link
I would actually say that if you don't like the first episode, try going straight to the second season. The first season is good fun but a bit shonky, the second season is amazing imo. I can't remember quite how much you need to watch to get the 'lore' of the show, but I think you can do it this way without missing too much.
― emil.y, Friday, 17 March 2023 16:50 (two months ago) link
Just finished EoD. Extraordinary - thanks for highlighting it!
― kinder, Friday, 17 March 2023 17:40 (two months ago) link
on reflection I think emil.y is right ... S1 of S&S is scary but has two cute kids getting lots of screen time; many would prefer the child-free horror of S2
― Brad C., Friday, 17 March 2023 18:05 (two months ago) link
Lots of quibbles about stuff but I would simply like to say I watched the first 2 stories at time of broadcast and the second one was the one that stuck
― satori enabler (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 March 2023 20:00 (two months ago) link
second one is extraordinary i think. it’s worth watching the first just to experience how deep and hard the second one goes. it’s pretty long.
― Fizzles, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 19:43 (two months ago) link
I often wonder if this is why Space: 1999 failed to catch on. Lew Grade's business model involved selling UK shows to the US audience, which worked with The Saint and Danger Man because despite starring British actors and being written by British people everybody knew the brief. Meanwhile Gerry Anderson wanted to get into live action.
So his first show was UFO, which was a weird mixture of dayglow wigs and downbeat plots where the heroes always lost. And the Space: 1999, which had some awesome spaceships but every episode consisted of Martin Landau looking worried and Barry Morse looking worried and at the end of Landau would look at the camera and say "there's no hope for any of us, or for the people watching at home, because it's 1975 and there's just no hope, no hope at all".
Every single episode. They just couldn't suppress their Britishness. The Britishness leaked through. To this day I haven't seen Moonbase 3 but from what I've read it was much the same but without even aliens. Like Star Cops but ultra-70s.
― Ashley Pomeroy, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 21:13 (two months ago) link
I remember reading about a show called The Nightmare Man, which had Celia Imrie, and was one of those six-part one-offs made by the BBC. But with four parts. Adapted by Robert Holmes from a novel and shot on location with murky, creepy videotape:https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/a-halloween-blast-from-the-past-the-nightmare-man/
I would have been five when it was on TV so my parents would not have let me watch it. I wasn't allowed to watch The Day of the Triffids either, although it was apparently marketed as action-packed fun for the family (with a Radio Times cover). Apart from the shot-on-video-in-the-rain look I think the complete lack of irony, the utter seriousness of it all, was the key thing that made shows like that work. The portentousness. And in the case of Sapphire and Steel, the measured pace.
Taggart. I remember that being unusually grim as well. It wasn't sci-fi or fantasy, or even set in an alternative world, but it was nastier than other detective shows.
I remember being aware of Edge of Darkness. It was apparently repeated on BBC1 almost immediately after it was broadcast on BBC2, which didn't happen often. I would have caught a repeat in the 1990s, by which time it was famous. I remember that beyond the subtext it also worked as a pacy action thriller - it felt cinematic in a way that stood out. I still remember the cliffhanger where Craven tries to find a working telephone. Wasn't the evil corporation's goal a space station?
― Ashley Pomeroy, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 21:24 (two months ago) link
The Nightmare Man is v good tho i recall being slightly underwhelmed. Got it on dvd somewhere, years since i watched it. Will dig it out and have another watch.
― Fizzles, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 21:31 (two months ago) link
otm about the seriousness of it all. that isn’t a mode or tone you get so much These Days.
― Fizzles, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 21:32 (two months ago) link
And! While I'm hyperactive I remember that Whoops Apocalypse - the TV show - was utterly unfunny but had a grim, almost joyless air to it. And given the casual racism and toplessness it now feels like an artefact from an alien planet:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mwWhWtvJAw
Off the top of my head the ending was played completely straight as well, with Barry Morse - again - doing some acting. There was a film but it was basically slapstick.
― Ashley Pomeroy, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 21:32 (two months ago) link
second series of space 1999 was rejigged for an American audience - swapping out grumpy Barry Morse for the shape-shifting woman, slightly lighter, more romance.
first season is better imo
― koogs, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 22:08 (two months ago) link
(did they ever explain where Barry Morse went?)
― koogs, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 22:09 (two months ago) link
Back to Canada I assume.
― Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Tuesday, 21 March 2023 22:30 (two months ago) link
Ok, I've never had any desire to watch this before but now I'm sold!
― Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 22 March 2023 11:20 (two months ago) link
Barbara Bain looks worried too.
― Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Wednesday, 22 March 2023 11:43 (two months ago) link
'Black Sun' is my Space 1999 Series One go-to, absolutely batshit and bleak, until this brilliant 2001-style third act.
― MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 March 2023 11:45 (two months ago) link
Really nice spooky feel to several season 1 eps in Space: 1999; there's the episode where Big Jim Sullivan is playing a coral sitar recital for the team, and that music underpins the rest of the show. Lots of ultra-wide angles, shadows and voids, and age-inappropriate scares. In season 2, the ambient lighting and colour palette get brighter, Maya solves everything by turning into an insect or whatever, and they all have a good laugh in the epilogue at Tony Anholt's homebrew. Not good!
― Michael Jones, Wednesday, 22 March 2023 11:50 (two months ago) link
I'd have sold a kidney to own this. pic.twitter.com/NxmJUHQKWh— Scarred for Life (@ScarredForLife2) March 20, 2023
― koogs, Wednesday, 22 March 2023 13:46 (two months ago) link
^ all three of them looking worried
― koogs, Wednesday, 22 March 2023 13:51 (two months ago) link
lol yes I love how despite all the attempts at HEY KIDS TOYS advertising that clip still feels bleak a f
― Daniel_Rf, Friday, 24 March 2023 12:24 (two months ago) link
Space 1999 is a good call, I can't think of too many contemporaneous U.S. shows that had something of that sinister vibe but that one did.
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 24 March 2023 13:49 (two months ago) link
I watched the movie The Wonder (currently on Netflix) the other night on a giant TV with motion smoothing turned on, and the digital made it look very much like a low budget 70s or 80s BBC production. I thought it really added something, so if you're thinking about watching the movie, I recommend seeing it that way if possible.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:46 (two months ago) link
Any good cultural studies type writing on the British archetype of the guy who knows more than everyone else and is a total asshole about it? Sherlock Holmes, old school Who, Saphire & Steel...
― Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 25 March 2023 21:32 (two months ago) link
Henry Higgins …
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 26 March 2023 01:59 (two months ago) link