Home Invasion Thriller ‘See For Me’

They hide in plain sight and escape detection; they illustrate irrational evil. And the second they show their true colors, it may already be too late to fight back. Murder is their business and depleting their prey is their game. The glut of killers in pop culture today doesn’t erase the fact that these human anomalies are utterly frightening.

In the following five episodes of various horror television anthologies, the characters find themselves at the mercy of a killer, serial or otherwise. The villain can be someone they know or someone they just met. They could also be a complete stranger with a taste for random victims.


The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962-1965)

“An Unlocked Window”

Alfred Hitchcock presents was eventually renamed The Alfred Hitchcock Hour after several seasons. Aside from the name change, everything else has essentially remained the same. An episode that stands out during the Time era is an adaptation of a short story by Ethel Lina White. from the same author The wheel spins is the basis of Hitchcock’s film The lady disappearswhile his book Some have to watch has been transformed into The spiral staircase.

In “An unlocked windowa strangler nurse is on the loose. Three personal nurses working in a patient’s isolated country home learn that the murderer is in their area. To make matters worse, a violent storm traps the nurses at work. Soon, creepy phone calls come in and a disembodied voice fills the house. Did the killer come in? Did he enter through the open basement window?

Going into the episode with no knowledge of what’s to come is for the best. “An Unlocked Window” depends on its twist ending, yes, but director Joseph M. NewmanThe construction of mood is also not to be neglected. James Bridges(Mike’s Murder) the teleplay keeps the characters completely pissed off until this devastating ending.

The entire series was later revived in 1985 as simply Alfred Hitchcock presents. The update recycled the original and now colorized bumper segments featuring the show’s namesake; these only appear in remakes of classic episodes. “An Unlocked Window” was remade for the TV movie pilot starring Fred Walton (When a stranger calls) as a director and screenwriter.


Polar (1973-1976)

“The Next Victim”

One of Britain’s most famous horror writers, Brian Clemens was the mastermind behind ITV Polar, a collection of standalone thriller stories. The show’s gimmick was to cast at least one American actor in every episode, and “The next victim” stars Carroll Baker (A quiet place to killlisten)) as a heroine in peril.

After a serious car accident, Baker’s character, Sandy, uses a wheelchair to get around. His doctors, however, are convinced that his condition is temporary. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the run during a noticeable heat wave in London. While Sandy’s husband (Maurice Kaufman) is away for work, she has to take care of Tom (Max Mason), a stranger she made the mistake of letting into her building. Now she suspects he might be the murderer seen all over the news.

Random people walk in and out of apartment complexes all the time, the occupants never caring what might happen if these temporary guests never leave. “The Next Victim” shows how tenants prefer to stay in their apartments rather than worrying about what is happening outside their door. They can’t be bothered to care about a neighbor let alone a stranger. This sad truth is just one of the many threats Sandy faces in this startling and sometimes absurd story.

The general consensus is, Polar lost a lot of steam in the last few seasons. As valid as it may be, James Ormerod‘The Next Victim’ is an exception. What the plot lacks in novelty, it makes up for with a hugely unexpected turn of events at the end.


amazing stories (1985-1987)

“The Incredible Falsworth”

Few anthology series looked as good as the original amazing stories. Having Steven Spielberg support has a lot to do with it, though. Its name power alone has attracted distinguished actors and storytellers. A handful of episodes in this two-season show are horror-themed, but only Peter Hyam‘”The Incredible Falsworth” can be called an American Giallo.

Richard Prior plays the main character; a magician who dazzles and entertains his clients with what they think is a sleight of hand. Whenever he comes into physical contact with someone or their belonging, Falsworth has a vision. He is very convincing in what he does because his power is legitimate. Unfortunately, that gift becomes a curse one night when Pryor’s character touches a murderer in the audience – the Keyboard Killer. Having been blindfolded at the time, Falsworth has no idea who the killer is or how to explain his information when a detective (Richard Massur) follows up on his report.

This admiration for the Giallo genre is small but mighty. A black-gloved assailant roams the neon-lit alleyways, hiding in the shadows and choking his victims with a piano wire. However, he makes the mistake of attending a psychic show. The cat-and-mouse game born out of their brief encounter is brimming with urgency and tension to keep the audience on their toes. Then comes a brilliant payoff at the end.

Spielberg and Mick GarrisThe Edgar Award-winning episode is a highlight of this short-lived but auspicious series. Few anthologies tackle a variety of genres like amazing stories do.


The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985-1992)

” The solitary “

Quaint little towns where people forget to lock their doors are ripe for naughtiness. A sinister element is slowly but surely depleting the population in “The solitary“; the episode’s eponymous killer strikes again. The episode’s main character, Lavinia (Joanna Cassidy), was friends with the latest victim, Elizabeth, whose body is discovered in the shortcut through the ravine. The same shortcut that Lavinia convinces her two friends to take when they go to see a movie at the local theater that night.

While everyone is nervous and locked up at home, Lavinia refuses to change her life because of The Lonely One. She’s drinking freshly made lemonade on her porch alone, and she continues to walk down that awful ravine as if she’s somehow immune to the killer’s methods. Lavinia’s theater mates do not share her bravery and do not believe themselves above the current situation.

Lavinia takes the shortcut home after her friends try not to talk her out of it. This is where audiences have to wonder if maybe Lavinia has a death wish, or maybe she knows more about The Lonely One than she’s letting on. Needless to say, this artificial reserve of courage falters as Lavinia becomes unnerved by her last walk in the daily bypass. Is Lavinia taking this moonlight walk alone tonight, or has someone joined her without her knowing?

This episode is based on a subplot in Ray Bradburyit is dandelion wine. He puts Lavinia under a microscope and scrutinizes her struggle with rationality. In the end, Lavinia learns that no amount of logic can stop a serial killer.


ghost theater (2015)

“Burial”

In collaboration with his 2015 film ghost theaterJ-horror author Hideo Nakata produced a 10-episode anthology series titled An invitation from the ghost theateror simply ghost theater in international markets. Each standalone story features a member of the Japanese idol group, AKB48. The first episode,Burialis directed by Nakata himself.

The students having fun one night end up pawning their drunk classmate Rio on Shoko, who was already on his way home. Shoko reluctantly lets Rio stay at her house, but in return she asks her guest to stay out of a certain room. Rio’s curiosity gets the better of her and she suddenly finds herself caught up in a string of recent disappearances in the area.

Like most people, when Rio sees a “missing person” flyer, she ignores it and returns to her seemingly comfortable existence. Yet, when she sees a whole collection of these flyers in Shoko’s house, she has second thoughts about her host.

“Burial” isn’t supernatural, no matter what the show’s title suggests. On the contrary, it’s a very human tale in the sense that it shows people doing what they think is right given what they know about the situation. This episode is also a reminder of how others will always abuse that goodwill. Misguided but ill-informed choices lead to the episode’s dark ending.


series of scares is a recurring column that primarily focuses on horror on television. Specifically, it takes a closer look at five episodes or stories each adhering to a general theme from various anthology series or the occasional made-for-TV movie. As anthologies become popular again, especially on TV, it’s a great time to see what this timeless mode of storytelling has to offer.

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