Many horror fans have been waiting a long time for THRILLER (a.k.a. Boris Karloff's THRILLER) to get an official DVD release--even if it is currently only available on Region 1 discs--and with good reason! Indeed, in his non-fiction book on horror, DANSE MACABRE, Stephen King calls the program "the best horror series ever put on TV" (p. 224, 1983 edition). THRILLER is an hour-long TV Horror anthology series that originally aired in the U.S. on NBC from 1960 to 1962, and at the beginning of each episode, the master of the macabre himself, Boris Karloff, sets the tone and primes viewers for frightful and chilling dramatizations based on the works of some of the greatest writers in the horror genre--writers like Robert E. Howard, Cornell Woolrich, Richard Matheson, and Robert Bloch. Each episode--many of which feature famous guest stars such as William Shatner, Elizabeth Montgomery, Leslie Nielsen, John Carradine, Tom Poston, Edward Andrews, Boris Karloff himself, and many others--is shot in eerie black and white and offers at least one story, with a few episodes dividing the hour between two or three shorter plays.
As with any Horror program, of course, there are a few clunker episodes that do not quite measure up to the rest, and horror fans who are purists will probably be annoyed by the handful of episodes that are crime-based "thrillers"--most of which were produced and broadcast at the beginning of the series' original run--rather than stories of the ghastly or macabre. When compared with today's graphically gory product, THRILLER might seem a little tame and slow-paced to modern audiences. But overall, the show has stood the test of time and can still inspire chills and goose bumps. Serious genre fans will definitely want this set of DVDs in their collections!