Ah, here we go! What a perfect time of year to air one of the best made for television movies of all time! The ABC Movie of the Week did it yet again, with this wonderfully eerie horror film, which aired on this day in 1973. Afraid is yet another movie that I have strong childhood memories of. I first saw this movie before I was even five years old when I still lived in our little abode on Eureka Street in Oxnard, CA. And I was scarred! The ending in particular stayed with me. There was a gap between seeing Afraid as a kid and then seeing it as an adult, but over the years, while some of it does indeed seem dated, much of it hits the the H-Spot - That's horror spot to you non-medical types. Again, this movie works with the more traditional elements of haunted house movies and it's pretty restrained stuff, but it's because of that restraint that the suspense is allowed to thicken. And those monsters are creepy! It's a true TV movie winner!
The nice folks at Warner Archives saw fit to give Afraid a great DVD transfer. Support your TV movie releases!
Update: In 2011 I celebrated Afraid with an entire week of posts. Check it out here.
And here's a groovy trailer for the vhs release: