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TELE-TERROR FEST 2013: 13 TV TERRORS FROM THE 1970s

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Now this is a film festival…film synopsis and trailers at the bottom.

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND FILM FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO MADE-FOR-TELEVISION HORROR FILMS

Exhumed Films and Cinedelphia.com present the world’s first film festival dedicated entirely to made-for-television horror films, many of which have never been released on home video in any format. All films will be screened on 16mm at the 2013 Best of Philly award-winning Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA).

The Telefilm is an oft-neglected area of cinema that is vastly underappreciated despite the talented casts and crews associated with the genre, particularly during its heyday in the 1970s. It was a time before negative stigmas were attached to the “TV movie” and thus the format attracted a wide range of performers from esteemed stars of Hollywood’s golden age to then-current stars looking for work between theatrical projects. The format also served as a proving ground for young directors and a source of steady work for the aged professionals who didn’t fit in with the “new Hollywood”. With high-end cable networks currently reclaiming the TV movie as a legitimate form of entertainment, let’s take a rare look back at the format’s classic run in the 1970s with a focus on horror films as a Halloween treat.

The festival runs for five days and is made up of six double-features with a bonus film on the final day:

WED OCTOBER 9, 8:00 PM:
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973) + THE CAT CREATURE (1973)

THU OCTOBER 10, 8:00 PM:
BAD RONALD (1974) + CRAWLSPACE (1972)

FRI OCTOBER 11, 8:00 PM:
Philadelphia native Paul Wendkos Night featuring
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BELL (1970) + TERROR ON THE BEACH (1973)

SAT OCTOBER 12, 4:00 PM:
HORROR AT 37,000 FEET (1973) + SPECTRE (1977)

SAT OCTOBER 12, 8:00 PM:
WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE (1974) + LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY’S BABY (1976)

SUN OCTOBER 13, 6:00 PM:
DYING ROOM ONLY (1973) + MOUSEY (1974) + Wes Craven’s STRANGER IN OUR HOUSE (1978)

Admission for each double-feature is $12; full festival admission is available at a discounted price of $50. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Advance tickets are available now: http://teleterrorfest2013.brownpapertickets.com

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WED OCTOBER 9, 8:00 PM:

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973)
“Can you see them, Sally… hiding in the shadows.  They’re alive, Sally.  They want you to be one of them when the lights go out.”
After moving into an old mansion with her husband, a young woman begins to be threatened by small demonic creatures.  John Newland — creator and host of ONE STEP BEYOND, a contemporary supernatural television series to the TWILIGHT ZONE — directed this spooky, beloved horror favorite that spawned a 2010 theatrical remake by Guillermo Del Toro, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce.

THE CAT CREATURE (1973)
The theft of an Egyptian mummy and a gold amulet leads to people turning up dead from wounds apparently inflicted by a feline perpetrator!  From cult director Curtis (NIGHT TIDE, GAMES) Harrington, starring Meredith Baxter (the mother from Family Ties), Stuart Whitman, Kent (CAT PEOPLE) Smith, John Carradine and Peter Lorre Jr; teleplay by Robert (PSYCHO) Bloch.

THU OCTOBER 10, 8:00 PM:

BAD RONALD (1974)
“The Wilby place is haunted… by a ghost that isn’t dead!”
A painfully shy teenager accidentally kills one of his tormentors and his ill mother hides him from the police in a hidden room…. One of the most disturbing, unforgettable made-for-television movies ever made!  Stars Scott Jacoby, Pippa Scott, Dabney Coleman, and Kim Hunter.

CRAWLSPACE (1972)
A childless older couple discover a troubled teenager living in their basement crawlspace and adopt him as their own; trouble begins when they learn that their new “son” is wanted by the authorities.  Stars Arthur Kennedy, Teresa Wright and Tom Happer; directed by John (DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK) Newland.

FRI OCTOBER 11, 8:00 PM:

Two films by Philly native Paul Wendkos, director of over 100 films and television series including THE BURGLAR (1957), GIDGET (1959) and THE MEPHISTO WALTZ (1971):

THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BELL (1970)
In this tense, stylish conspiracy thriller, the good life of a successful college professor is torn apart when a secret pact he made in his college days catches up with him.  Stars Glenn Ford, Rosemary Forsyth, and Dean Jagger.  Emmy-nominated for outstanding teleplay and direction.

TERROR ON THE BEACH (1973)
A family on a camping trip must learn to fight fire with fire when they’re terrorized by a group of psychotic, dune-buggy-driving hippies.  An effective exercise in survival terror that’s part DUEL and looks forward to such ’70’s shockers as THE HILLS HAVE EYES.  Stars Dennis Weaver, Susan Dey and Estelle Parsons.

SAT OCTOBER 12, 4:00 PM:

HORROR AT 37,000 FEET (1973)
In this campy slice of supernatural hokum, a flight from England is in for a very bumpy ride to say the least, when a demonic force takes exception to the transportation of recently excavated relics from a cursed abbey. Some of the passengers in mortal danger are: Roy (The Invaders) Thinnes, Buddy Ebsen, Chuck Connors, Paul Winfield, France Nuyen and William Shatner, as a disillusioned, alcoholic Priest.

SPECTRE (1977)
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry serves up this wild pre-X-Files occult thriller starring Robert Culp, Gig Young, John Hurt and Majel Barrett.  An eminent criminologist/occult aficionado enlists the help of a skeptical friend, when he accepts an assignment to investigate the mysterious happenings on the grounds of a British family estate.  Creature effects by Stuart (STAR WARS) Freeborn!

SAT OCTOBER 12, 8:00 PM:

WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE (1974)
Here’s a telefilm that’s reminiscent of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and presages Post-apocalyptical films like NIGHT OF THE COMET!  A family returns from a trip in the Sierra mountains to discover a drastically de-populated earth.  Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey (a director more closely associated with the tele-terror film than perhaps any other, due to the success of 1972’s THE NIGHT STALKER), from a teleplay by Lewis John (SECONDS) Carlino and Sandor (THE AMITYVILLE HORROR) Stern.  Starring Peter Graves, Kathleen Quinlan and Verna Bloom.

LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY’S BABY (1976)
“Satan’s child comes of age!”
This weird, forgotten sequel to Ira Levin’s/Roman Polanski’s horror classic focuses upon the conflicted adult son of Rosemary Woodhouse, as he attempts to resist his dark impulses and the influence of the evil cult grooming him to become the Anti-Christ.  Stephen (HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, PONTYPOOL) Mchattie stars alongside Patty Duke, Ray Milland, Broderick Crawford, and Ruth Gordon reprising her role from the original film.

SUN OCTOBER 13, 6:00 PM:

SPECIAL CLOSING DAY TRIPLE-FEATURE
DYING ROOM ONLY (1973)
Richard Matheson scripted this nerve-jangling suspenser about a woman who suspects foul play when her husband mysteriously vanishes from a roadside diner and the locals become extremely uncooperative.  Starring Cloris Leachman, Ross Martin, Ned Beatty, Dana (DARK SHADOWS) Elcar and Dabney Coleman.

MOUSEY (1974)
Kirk Douglas — as you’ve never seen him before! — stars as an unhinged high school teacher who enacts desperate revenge on his ex-wife (Jean Seberg) for separating him from their son.  A taut film co-starring John Vernon that was released theatrically in the UK.

STRANGER IN OUR HOUSE (1978)
The first foray into tele-terror for Wes Craven, after having directed such iconic ’70’s horror films as LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and THE HILLS HAVE EYES!  Linda (THE EXORCIST) Blair stars as a teenager whose life is turned upside down when her witchcraft-practicing cousin moves in and begins taking over the family home.   Based on the book Summer of Fear, by Philadelphia-born bestselling novelist Lois (I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER) Duncan.  Co-starring Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate and featuring an early appearance by Fran Drescher.

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Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He's served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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