I recently read Robert E. Howard's Pigeons from Hell for the first time, and was looking online for more information on the story. I came across a reference to an episode of Thriller being based on this story. I checked it out further and ordered the Thriller: Fan Favourites dvd online from Chapters.
Thriller is before my time, being a tv series running from 1960-62. All of the episodes on the dvd are in black & white, and are quite atmospheric. Here is a run-down of the episodes, taken from a review on Amazon.com:
The Purple Room (Season One, Episode 7): With Richard Anderson, Rip Torn and
Alan Napier. Unscrupulous relations try to convince a man that the mansion he
just inherited is haunted.
The Watcher (Season One, Episode 8): With
Richard Chamberlain. After a psycho murders a teenager, he next targets a young
The Cheaters (Season One, Episode 15): With Harry Townes and Jack
Weston, based on a Robert Bloch (Psycho) story. A pair of eyeglasses gives the
wearer an unusual gift, but it comes with a hefty price tag.
Glass (Season One, Episode 16): With William Shatner, Russell Johnson and Donna
Douglas. Ignoring ghostly tales, a young couple insist on purchasing a home by
Well of Doom (Season One, Episode 23): With Richard Kiel. A
wealthy man is held captive by a powerful sorcerer and his faithful
The Prisoner in the Mirror (Season One, Episode 34): With Lloyd
Bochner and Marion Ross. Another sorcerer! This one escapes from a mirror,
trades bodies with a historian, and causes plenty of trouble.
from Hell (Season One, Episode 36): With Brandon DeWilde. Two brothers with car
trouble spend a terrifying night in what they think is an abandoned Louisiana
The Grim Reaper (Season One, Episode 37): With William Shatner
(again) and Natalie Schafer, another one by Robert Bloch. A cursed painting may
spell doom for those that possess it.
The Weird Tailor (Season Two,
Episode 4): With Henry Jones and George Macready, another by Bloch. Trying to
awaken his son from death, a man commissions an odd suit of clothing.
Incredible Dr. Markesan (Season Two, Episode 22): With Boris Karloff and Dick
York. A young couple is forced to stay with a creepy uncle, dark secrets are
This is a great dvd, full of fantastic stories - check it out if you're bored with the gore-fests shown at the movies today! ;-)