Who am I kidding? We all love Miss Harper! And now it’s time to share in the love when we discuss two of her best known horror TVMs, Night Terror (1978) and People Across the Lake (1987).
I know, I know! What about Don’t Go To Sleep? I covered that with the Hysteria Continues back in 2017, so I wanted to hit on two other charmers that are both pretty good and probably a little underrated. The good news is People Across the Lake is streaming on Amazon Prime, so please go watch it and send us feedback about either (or both) TVMs, or anything Valerie related. We’d love to hear from you!
We are taking a mini-hiatus though, so you’ll have at least until the middle of June to watch along. Between now and then I’m planning to upload Trap-Cast #2! Fingers crossed.
Also, since we won’t be around for a bit, I just wanted to say a few words about the Rondo Awards. Our beloved little podcast didn’t get a mention unfortunately, but I want to thank anyone and everyone who threw a vote our way, or just stopped by out of curiosity to see what we do. Since we’re not recording for a bit (aside from my Trapper John mini-sode), I’ll be promoting some of our horror episodes on social media in case you wanted to discover or revisit some of our older content. You guys are the best! Much love to all! Thanks for listening and hope to hear from you soon!
We’re taking on the small screen high seas in this episode of The Made for TV Mayhem Show, and we’re talking about two amazing TV movie thrillers. So, slather on your best sunscreen, grab a Mai Tai and check out our discussions over Death Cruise (1974) and Cruise into Terror (1978). Enjoy, and thank you so much for listening!
Also, you can read more about the making of Death Cruise on director Ralph Senensky’s website! Really great stuff!
We’re taking about six weeks off, but then we’ll return to give Valerie Harper a lot of love when we talk about her cult TV movie thriller Night Terror (1977) and the insane late entry small screen slasher The People Across the Lake (1988). People is currently streaming on Amazon Video! So watch along and let us know what you think!
We went undercover, guys. It was awesome. We took a look at two great detective pilot TVMs: The House on Greenapple Road (1970), which would lead to the short lived series Dan August, and we also watched the second Harry-O pilot, Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1944). We felt Marion Ord’s pain and we fell in love with Zalman King! We hope you enjoy!
And one last mention of the Rondos (I swear!). We’re up for Best Multi-Media Site, and Amanda has also been nominated for best Live Event (“Big Scares on the Small Screen” lecture for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, which was hosted by the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest), and Best Commentary (Last House on the Left). You can see all the nominations here, and you can send your ballot to email@example.com. Lots of great people on that list, so we won’t be mad if you want to vote for someone else. Just vote!
OK, we’re going to try to get a head start on our next episode. Since summer is coming and spring break just passed, we thought it would be fun to unwind on the high seas with two classic Love-Boat-Goes-To-Hell telefilms, Death Cruise (1974) and Cruise into Terror (1978). Should be good times… if we survive!
You can let us know what you think of these two films by contacting us through one of our many social media channels! We’ll be recording around the middle to end of April. We will update you when we know ourselves!
Our Watching the Detectives episode should be online soon! We had a great time recording it, and we hope you will enjoy it!
We’re going undercover next week when we discuss two famous pilot detective movies, The House on Greenapple Road (1970), which led to the Dan August series, and the second pilot for Harry-O, Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974). Sorry again for the late notice. My schedule has remained a little on the insane side since the beginning of 2019, but I can’t wait to talk about these two excellent telefilms. Again, you can send feedback by contacting us through one of our many social media channels!
By the by, I haven’t added it to the contact info page yet, but Made for TV Mayhem (both the show and the blog) are on Instagram now too @madefortvmayhem. Follow along for updates, and other fun TVM stuff!
And, one final (blog post) word about The Rondos. We’re up for Best Multi-Media Site, and we’re so excited we just can’t hide it! You can check out the list of nominees here, and email your votes to firstname.lastname@example.org! Voting ends April 20th. Lots of great podcasts on that list. So honored to be a part of it!
(I’ve also been nominated for Best Commentary: Last House on the Left, and Best Event for my Miskatonic lecture, Big Scares on the Small Screen, which was held at the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest last year… so if you want to vote for those too… I mean, I won’t stop you!)
After threatening to do a podcast-spinoff dedicated to Trapper John M.D., Amanda finally sat down and did it! In the debut episode, Amanda discusses Trapper‘s pilot, its connection to Medical Center and the beginning of TJ‘s dance with reverse psychology. There are some hiccups, but lots of soundbites and gratuitous use of the series’ incredible score to make it a little more tolerable! Amanda will be updating this spinoff show monthly. Hope you enjoy!
The Made for TV Mayhem Show was nominated for a Rondo!!! We weren’t sure if we might be picking up a few listeners through that nomination, so we thought we’d get together and each suggest an episode we felt gave people a good idea of what we do. They are episodes that show us at our best… or at our least confused. Something like that. So, of course recording this was a bear. There are sound issues galore (thanks Skype for the bad reception and time lags), and choppy editing came about as I was trying to put it into something that was more coherent. Please be kind. We did this on the fly and on a day that was proving to be difficult.
If you are new, welcome! If you are just listening cuz you like us… thank you so very much. We appreciate every download. Hope you enjoy!
You can look at the Rondo Awards ballot here, and you’ll find our little podcast in the Best Multi-Media Site section. You can email your selections to email@example.com.
Amanda was nominated in three categories. The other two are:
Best Commentary: Last House on the Left (with Bill Ackerman) Top Event: ‘Big Scares on the Small Screen: A Brief History of the Made-for-TV Horror Film,’ at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, NYC
Put your votes where you must! And thank you so much for checking us out or sticking with us!