While you can get the 14 disc Complete Series collection of the classic horror anthology "Thriller," this assembly of fan favorites gives you an opportunity to sample ten episodes of the series without the financial burden. The series, hosted by Boris Karloff (who also appeared in a handful of shows), ran from 1960-62 and aired a total of 67 episodes. The program certainly shows signs of its age, but the episodes are presented remastered and uncut as they were originally showcased in the 2010 release. "Thriller," to my mind, was one of the more successful horror series of its time and I think that it still holds up well today.
Here are the episodes included. I've included actors of interest (not necessarily the leads, but people who went on to other things) as that's part of the fun of catching these older shows.
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 couple.
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.
The Hungry 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 the sea.
Well of Doom (Season One, Episode 23): With Richard Kiel. A wealthy man is held captive by a powerful sorcerer and his faithful minion.
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.
Pigeons 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 mansion.
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.
The 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 revealed.
These ten episodes on 2 discs is a fun way to introduce or reintroduce yourself to this classic. KGHarris, 6/12.