Available through Warner Brothers’ Archive Collection (a real rarity, considering how few MTVs from this era have made it onto disc), ABC’s 1973 telemovie, Dying Room Only, directed by Philip Leacock, written by the master, Richard Matheson, and starring Cloris Leachman, Ned Beatty, Ross Martin, and Dabney Coleman, is a model of efficient, effective suspense.
You like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, right? You think it’s funny, and smart, and warm-hearted—one of the best examples of the 1970s sitcom? Sure. You like the performers? You think they’re experts at getting laughs? Uh-huh. Okay…so let’s switch things up and put them in jeopardy.
Hey 70s Saturday morning TV fans—do you remember when the word “Isis” conjured up not some p.o.s. terrorist, but rather the knee-weakening presence of a gently-scolding Joanna Cameron, calmly gazing at you…right before you passed out in pre-teen ecstasy?
Oh so many faces you’ve seen in oh so many movies and TV shows.
Classic stop-motion Christmas fun, SpongeBob-style!
Hey, who doesn’t like their Lifetime Christmas cat movies with child rape jokes thrown in?! I’m gonna take my time skinning this particular cat….
During this Christmas season, if you want your child to believe that the world is coming to an end from greed and indifference, and for him or her (or god forbid “ze” or “hir”) to think that Santa is an aggressive, violent, psychotic rageaholic with possible suicidal tendencies…then by all means, give them the gift of love and put 2006’s made-for-cable movie The Year Without a Santa Claus under the tree: certainly in the running for the worst Christmas movie ever made.