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Tension on tv. Has fear ever gripped your soul?

 
 
Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 12:05 am
I was sitting back in my chair last night, watching tv, casually flipping through the channels when I came upon an old Tarzan movie. There was Tarzan's kid, I believe his name was Boy, racing across the screen.

I marveled at how truly free Boy looked as he ran like the wind through the thick growth of the jungle. Smiling I leaned back in my chair to watch the adventures of Tarzan, King of the Jungle.

Boy continued to run, nary a care in the world, when....Blam!.... he runs into a giant friggin' spider web. He is in a state of shock as he struggles to escape from the tenacious grasp of the web, but the more he struggles the deeper he is pulled into the spider's trap.

I started fidgeting in my chair at this point. "Damn it, Boy", I muttered, "Get the hell out of there."

Then the camera panned up to the top of the web and my heart froze. There was this enormous friggin' spider, beginning its descent toward Boy.

A tightness gripped my throat.

Boy looked up, saw the spider coming, and struggled like crazy to extract himself. It was hopeless. He throws his head back and let's out this crazy-sounding Tarzan call that carries through the jungle, seeking Tarzan.

The camera switches to a peaceful clearing. Tarzan in kneeling down by a crystal-clear pool of water. He is just starting to lean down for a drink when Boy's call shatters the silence.

Tarzan's head snaps up and he quickly grabs the knife that is dangling at the side of his loincloth. Knife in hand, he throws his head back and let's out the authentic Tarzan call.

I started to calm down a little bit at this point because I knew Tarzan was on the way, but then the camera switched back to Boy.

The spider was now halfway down the web.

Sweat was pouring down my face now and the back of my shirt was drenched.

Boy let's out another Tarzan yell as the spider approaches.

Camera switches to Tarzan, who is now swinging on a vine through the jungle, the trees in the background whizzing by like crazy. Tarzan let's out another call, supposedly to tell Boy that he's on the way.

Back to Boy. The friggin' spider is inches away!

I leapt out of my chair and screamed, "HURRY, TARZAN! FOR GOD'S SAKES....HURRY!"

And then the spider is there. Its hideous head is right in Boy's face, the beady eyes examining him, preparing to suck the life blood out of the poor young man. It opened up that hideous black mouth and prepared to bite.

I raced to the tv and shut it off, collapsing onto the floor, my breath coming in labored gasps.

I laid there for about an hour trying to compose myself and finally found the courage to turn the tv back on.

Jethro, from the Beverly Hillbillies, was explaining something to Miss Hathaway. Tarzan was over.

What happened to Boy, I'll never know, but that was the tensest tv moment I've ever been through.

How about you? What is your tensest tv moment?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 12:35 am
Wondering if Homer is gonna pop, right there on screen, one day - as he stuffs food and drink in there.

Oh - and wondering if Kenny will be killed.

Man - I feel for that little fella.
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kickycan
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 12:36 am
I was thirteen. A movie called "Stranger in the House" or "Black Christmas" (It was released under different names--I don't know why) was on. I begged my parents to let me stay up and watch it, and for some reason they did.

The plot is that this lunatic is calling and saying these weird, seemingly non-sensical, disturbing things like "just like removing a wart!", in this freaky psychotic voice to whoever happens to pick up the phone at the sorority house. Also, everyone in the house is disappearing one by one, (one of them is shown repeatedly in the movie, dead, in a rocking chair, with a plastic bag over her head, while the killer rocks her and talks to her in this childlike crazy voice) until one woman is left.

So this woman, played by Margot Kidder, is the only one left in the house, and the phone starts ringing.

I swear I thought I was going to go into cardiac arrest. She looks at it, afraid to answer it, and finally she gathers the courage to pick it up. It's the police, and she is relieved. Until they inform her that the phone calls are coming from . . . inside the house.

She hears a noise at the top of the stairs. She drops the phone and starts up the stairs. I'm practically pissing in my pants.

And just then Tarzan, embroiled in a fight with a giant spider, came crashing through my front window. He killed the spider right in front of my eyes by shoving his arm down it's throat and choking it to death. When the spider finally died, Tarzan cut open its stomach, and there was Boy, barely alive and covered in spider guts, but yes Gus, Boy was saved.

By the time I got back to "Stranger in The House", a rerun of Star Trek was on. I'll never know if Margot made it out alive. But at least you can rest easy Gus, now that you know what happened to Boy.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 12:53 am
yer a card, kicky...
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 06:18 am
Thanks, Kicky. I am awash in a sense of calm.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 06:26 am
now if you could just awash in some soap and water we could let you out more.
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the prince
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 06:29 am
Funny. I dont remember rescuing the boy from that spider...
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 06:35 am
It was a Roald Dahl Story called "Overnight Case". It ran on a short lived show called "Way Out", in 1961. For years it haunted me. So much so, that years ago, I went to the Museum of Radio and TV in NY, and watched tapes of "Way Out" one afternoon. They did not have that episode.

I tried to find it on Abuzz, and then A2K. I finally found it, on the internet!

http://www.roalddahlfans.com/tvshows/wayoepisode.php

Just thinking about it scares the s**t out of me!


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"Overnight Case" (6/16/61)
Writer: Nicholas Pryor; Director: Paul Bogart

In the pre-dawn grayness, a woman awakens in a shabby, unfamiliar apartment lysing beside a stranger who swears he's her husband, Bill Clayton. Calling her Norma, he insists her dreams are starting to overwhelm her; he will call her psychiatrist, Dr. Sandham, that very morning. Frantic, she screams her name is not Norma, and her nightmare is not over. Vainly attempting to end this madness, she starts to pack a small overnight case, for always, in the dreams, she awakens before the suitcase is full. This time it doesn't work. Pleading for her freedom, she runs to the door. It's locked.

As she lies sedated on the psychiatrist's couch, Bill goes over the story with Dr. Sandham. The only way Bill could lure her to the doctor's office was by promising to reunite her with her "real" husband. As the sedative wears off, she awakens to Dr. Sandham's smile. Playing along with the delusion, he listens partiently while she closes her eyes and recounts the terrible dream about Bill. Happy it's all over, she opens her eyes to see Bill in the doctor's chair. Hysterical, she runs into the waiting room pleading for help from Dr. Sandham's nurse. Opening the office door to prove it's empty, the nurse assures her the doctor hasn't even arrived yet. She must have been dreaming while waiting for him.

Finally, Dr. Sandham appears, and, as before, the woman is relieved to see her real husband. But the psychiatrist shows no recognition of her. She's a new patient sent over by her husband with some problem having to do with bad dreams. Trying to pacify her, Dr. Sandham walks her into the office. Glancing at his briefcase, she once again confronts the unpacked overnight case and runs out screaming.

At last, the morning comes and she awakens safely in her own bed. Smiling at a picture of her tall, young husband, the woman calls to Fred over the sound of the shower. Through the bathroom, they both laugh over the details of the dream. Ready for breakfast, a tall, greying man enters the kitchen and the woman stands shocked. Running to the photograph of Fred, she sees a different man, the same one who stands before her. Holding her overnight case, she sobs, "It's still going on! I'm not awake, I'm not awake!"


If anyone knows where I can find a copy of that short story, please let me know. I would love to have it!
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eoe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 08:25 am
An old Alfred Hitchcock episode. The one about the nurses being murdered and the murderer is a man in drag as one of the nurses. I was just a kid when I saw it. When he ripped open his uniform and revealed that he was indeed a man and not a woman, I was so shocked that I jumped up and ran out of the kitchen and 'found' myself in the living room, as far as I could go without leaving the house.
Another program or movie called "The Trilogy" or something like that with Karen Black in three different stories. The last story featured a killer voodoo doll. The tension wore me out and scared me silly.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 08:39 am
eoe- I don't remember that Hitch, and I thought that I knew them all.

Check this out:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073820

You can get it on DVD! Shocked
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eoe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 08:45 am
That's the one Phoenix. 'Trilogy of Terror'. I don't remember the first two stories but that last one...
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 08:51 am
Maybe this will jog your memory:

http://www.filmmonthly.com/Horror/Articles/Trilogy/Trilogy.html
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eoe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 09:04 am
Just looked at Karen Black's bio on IMdb. Not only is she a homegirl from Park Ridge, IL, she was accepted into Northwestern University at 15!
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 09:52 am
I remember tha killer voodoo doll. I recall that I was doing that
Yayayayayeyeyeyayayaya sound it made .
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 09:56 am
For me it was that Twilight Zone episode where William Shatner freaks out because he keeps seeing this monster on the wing of his plane. How someone with that phobia ever became a Starfleet Captain is beyond me.
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the reincarnation of suzy
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 10:26 am
Smile
When I was real young, I watched some show where some person woke up to find that everyone else he knew no longer existed.
That night, I had a dream that I went knocking on all my neighbor's doors and nobody was home, until someone answered at the home of my best friend, and it was a skeleton! I woke up terrified from that dream, but the next morning I was afraid to go out and knock on my friend's door. When I did finally leave the house, the neighborhood was dead; nobody around. I was freaked out all day! Smile
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 11:30 am
I've never been that way about any tv show. There was a movie, however, that had me terrified. These people are anchored off this island and the natives kidnap a blond haired woman off the ship. They tie her up just outside the wall surrounding the village and as she screams her lungs out, something huge and powerful crashes through the trees. Suddenly the monster is in the open and that's when fear grips about half the kids in the audience. My neighbor says, "Sve my seat" then disappears forever. The monster Kong is so awful I have to allow myself glimpses through corner vision through the rest of the film. Since that day, no film has ever had a similar effect on me.
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eoe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 12:33 pm
Speaking of film, 'The Exorcist' rocked my world. I wasn't right for six months afterwards. 'Til this day, if I'm flipping channels and come across it, I can't flip passed it fast enough.
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SCoates
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 02:34 pm
I was watching this creepy show about some teenage kids and their dog that drive around solving mysteries. We're not talk'n cheesy "Murder She Wrote" mysteries, or the tedious, overintelligent Sherlock Holmes kind. We're talking REAL LIVE GHOSTS!

The thing is, only this one hippy kid and the dog ever see the ghosts. The other three kids, and the Famous Harlom Globe Trotters, who were making a guest appearance, didn't even believe that anything supernatural was at play.

It was a lot scarier since it was at night. And also I was in some stranger's house, which made it a lot spookier. SO I made some prank calls to get my blood flowing faster.

Right when the show is wrapping up, the whole gang has caught the ghost, and they're about to unmask him (some of the gang thought it was just a costume), when all of the sudden who walks up the stairs but Margot Kidder, looking all frightened and sweaty. I, of course, am embarrassed to all get out to be found sitting in her attic watching TV. And to aggravate the situation, I did happen to be stroking the hair of one of her dead roommates. So she screams and pushes me out of the window, and I have to scramble from some cops and nearly get shot twice. Worst of all, I'm up all night wondering how that show ended.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2004 02:56 pm
cavfancier wrote:
For me it was that Twilight Zone episode where William Shatner freaks out because he keeps seeing this monster on the wing of his plane. How someone with that phobia ever became a Starfleet Captain is beyond me.


Silly boy! Spacecraft don't have wings! Bill was fine in space.
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