Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vale: Richard Matheson.

When I think back to films that scared me when I was young, there are two titles that leap into my mind. The original War of the Worlds is one, (I think I was very young), while Trilogy of Terror is the other. Especially the third segment, Amelia.

It was only a few years ago I realised Trilogy of Terror was based on three unrelated short stories written by Richard Matheson. I was reading a collection of his short stories, and one of those pieces felt very familiar.

I went and rewatched Trilogy of Terror, and it had held up surprisingly well. The first two segments were better than I remembered them, and the third section still held suspense. (OK, the doll was a little unconvincing in these CGI days.)

He also wrote sixteen episodes of The Twilight Zone, as well as Rod Serling's famous introduction. And then there's the other TV stuff, and the movies, and...

Richard Matheson was 87. He will be missed.

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