Friday, October 27, 2006

horror double bills

One of the things I used to look forward to usually on a friday night was the horror double bills that were shown on TV. Many of these were seen before the advent of video/dvd and even channel 4. Unlike now when we have a choice of what films we can buy or rent and watch anytime we like over and over again, the 1970's/early eighties you either watched these films or miss them and not knowing when they would appear again on TV. Now we take for granted what we watch and when we watch. These horror double bills were the highlight of many a horror/film fan. On some occasions I used to set up a tape recorder next to the TV so that I could listen to the audio from the film, which was a little like re-watching the film again. It was great as you had to use your imagination to work out what was going on. The downside of recording straight from the TV speaker was that there was a constant buzz on the soundtrack and you had to try and record when nobody was in the same room, so as not to get people talking in the background or the dog barking.
Here is a list of the horror double bills that were broadcast during the 70's/80's:

Fantastic Double Bill (1975) BBC 2

August 2nd 1975
The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari (1919)
Quatermass 2 (1957)
August 9th 1975
The Tell Tale Heart (1963)
The Premature Burial (1961)
August 23rd 1975
This Island Earth (1955)
Barbarella (1968)
August 30th 1975
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
September 6th 1975
The Beast with five fingers (1947)
The Maze (1954)

Masters of Terror (1976)

August 14th (1976)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde (1932)
August 21st (1976)
Devil Doll (1932)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
August 28th (1976)
The Hounds of Zaroff (1932)
Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
September 5th (1976)
The Mad Genius (1931)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
September 12th (1976)
The Walking Dead (1936)
Dracula Prince of darkness (1966)

Dracula, Frankenstein and Friends 1977

July 2nd 1977
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
July 9th 1977
Bride of Frankensstein (1935)
Brides of Dracula (1960)
July 16th 1977
The Mummy (1932)
The Wolfman (1941)
July 23rd 1977
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Kiss of the Vampire (1964)
July 30th 1977
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
August 6th 1977
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Premature Burial (1961)
August 13th 1977
The Raven (1935)
The Black Cat (1933)
August 20th 1977
Frankenstein meets the Wolfman (1943)
The Raven (1963)
August 27th 1977
House of Frankenstein (1944)
The Reptile (1966)
September 3rd 1977
Son of Dracula (1943)
Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
September 10th 1977
House of Dracula (1945)
Fall of the House of Usher (1960)

More to follow later.


mysticmanse said...

nice site,which i urge any self respecting horror fan should visit...
I like the fact that its so well researched,right down to the orignal
fri-night double bill listing.....
will put a link in from my site

alyrenee said...

Wonderful list! Sigh, I miss those days. In Chicago, saturday afternoon was the time to catch the scary movies on the Svengoolie show.

Cyberschizoid said...

I totally love your site!
There is currently a campaign to bring back the BBC2 Horror Double Bills that you maybe interested in joining and promoting!

Here are the links for the petition, the blog and the Facebook group!

Let's bring classic horror back to the BBC!