Friends, although this latest episode of the Saturday Frights podcast was sadly delayed for three weeks – a brand new podcast has been uploaded for your listening pleasure – tackling a 1971 episode of Night Gallery, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cool Air. Although we mention it on the show itself, this is actually the second episode of Night Gallery that featured an adaptation of Lovecraft’s work – however Cool Air greatly benefits from a teleplay by none other than Rod Serling. As always the Projectionist and myself do our level best to shine the spotlight on those in front of and behind the camera – although with this memorable 1971 Night Gallery segment – besides the adaptation by Serling – another reason it excelled is that it was directed by none other than Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2, Somewhere in Time). Which would prove fitting as unlike the original story by Lovecraft – this version of Cool Air is very much a tragic romance.
While this episode is a tad shorter than the previous podcasts so far for season three – we did benefit greatly from information found in Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour by both Scott Skelton as well as Jim Benson. If you are a fan of the classic television series, you truly owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of their book – you can find it available on Amazon (Although you might want to skip that hardcover version).
The Projectionist has brought along a few audio treats for this show, and we are joined once again by Rockford Jay – who shares his own memories of seeing Cool Air. I feel that we provide a full synopsis for this episode, while not giving you the beat by beat rundown as we have been known to do in the past.
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We hope you are enjoying this third season of the Saturday Frights podcast – so before you put in a call for 300 pounds of ice for your bathroom – we hope you will take a moment and listen to our discussion of Night Gallery’s Cool Air.
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