31 Days of Horror 2016, Day 29: Night Gallery

If you’re a fan of Rod Serling, this one is a no brainer. In the vein of The Twilight Zone, its an anthology show that provides you with a few short tales per episode. While some segments shine brighter than others, this horror based show by the master of episodic storytelling, on the whole, delivers for the duration of its three seasons. If forced to choose between this or the 80’s era Twilight Zone, stick with Serling. Definitely the superior of the two shows.

Last night I just put on an episode at random was luckily treated to some Vincent Price. If you want to dip your toe into the Night Gallery water, though; I recommend the pilot. It is honestly the best pilot episode ive ever seen for a show. In The Cemetary, we learn for about the thousandth time that inheriting a too good to be true piece of property is never a good thing. In this case it’s less about the house itself and more about a painting inside of it. One that depicts the house itself, including the nearby family graveyard. One that changes every time the new owner walks by, depicting his frightening demise.

This is a tidy little pilot as well, because it fits right in to the show’s frame narrative. At the brginning of each episode, Rod Serling introduces us to a different painting in the Night Gallery, and the first story of the night will be based on it. So, if you like art, this is a neat little addition. I have to wonder what happened to all of the original art that was featured on the show, and would definitely see a traveling Night Gallery exhibit. Though, I’m certain theres a fairly limited audience for that.

So, if you need a quick horror story to watch while youre putting on your Halloween Makeup, or carving a pumpkin, I recommend this show highly. 

Challenge Fulfilled: Anthology Horror

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