CLEVELAND, Ohio – There was an excellent time when, inside the mere span of every week, you might journey all the best way from “The Twilight Zone” to “The Outer Limits.” You can go on a digital magical thriller tour, guided by such masters of suspense as Rod Serling, Alfred Hitchcock and, the Frankenstein monster himself, Boris Karloff.
You might guide common flights of fantasy that might take you to a fifth-dimension land of shadow and substance that lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his information. Then you might change path and head over to a realm the place you might expertise the awe and thriller that reaches from the inside thoughts to the outer limits.
That point was a stretch of about six years beginning in 1959. That is when the filmed anthology collection — versus the stay anthology collection of the sooner ’50s — reached its lofty prime-time peak.
CBS had the fantasy present, “The Twilight Zone” (1959-sixty four), with Serling as host, government producer, creator and principal author. ABC had the extra hardcore science-fiction present, “The Outer Limits” (1963-sixty five). And NBC had the horror present, “Thriller,” with Karloff because the host.
Additionally on CBS was the thriller present, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” which started as a half-hour anthology in 1955 and expanded to “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” in 1962.
By the mid-’60s, community programmers had fallen out of affection with such style-particular anthology dramas. Their considering was that viewers most popular collection with characters who returned week after week in acquainted settings.
However the anthology collection is again in an enormous method, because of streaming providers and an financial mannequin that does not thoughts a giddy run of various tales with totally different characters. And probably the most outstanding of them, led by Netflix’s acclaimed “Black Mirror,” are fantasy exhibits that readily acknowledge the affect of such honored ancestors as “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits.”
Certainly, with its haunting cautionary tales concerning the insidious results of know-how, the sensible “Black Mirror” performs like a murky and trendy crossing of the sensibilities present in “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits.”
And there is extra on the best way, together with “Lore,” a horror anthology that Amazon Prime will debut on, appropriately sufficient, Friday the thirteenth (as in Oct. thirteen). Based mostly on Aaron Mahnke’s podcast about horror legends being rooted in fact, it boasts a artistic workforce headed by government producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Strolling Lifeless”) and Glen Morgan (“The…