If you’re like us, you have fond … well, maybe not-so-fond … memories of having the pants scared off you 25 years ago by “Friday the 13th: The Series.” If you don’t remember, gather ’round while we fill you in about TV days of yore.
Back in the day, Saturday nights used to have original programming. And from fall 1987 to spring 1990, the call for CBS was this little gem of a horror show. It had nothing to do with the movie franchise of the same name. No, this series was like … “Warehouse 13” meets “Tales from the Crypt.”
The premise is that Micki inherits an antique shop from her uncle and, along with her partner Ryan, has to go about procuring cursed antiques that cause the owners to perform evil deeds (usually killing people).
If you’d like to check it out, Chiller is airing an eight-hour marathon for Friday, Dec. 13, starting at 9 a.m. ET. If you’re more inclined to just take a jog down memory lane, here are a few episodes that left a lasting impression on us as a kid.
“The Inheritance,” the pilot episode, which features a murderous doll. Yep, pure nightmare fuel right from the very beginning.
“Scarecrow”: A cursed scarecrow may be murdering people each year during the harvest.
“What a Mother Wouldn’t Do”: A baby cradle from the Titanic (so that right there is super-creepy) is compelling parents to drown people in order to save their sick baby’s life.
“Read My Lips”: A dummy with a mind of its own, more than a little reminiscent of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode “The Puppet Show.”
“The Playhouse”: Two abused children must keep luring other kids into their playhouse in order for the playhouse to keep letting them enjoy their fantasy world. This one was one of the top scariest episodes for us as a kid.