Friday, July 1, 2016

Your Quick Reference Guide to A Thriller A Day

Welcome to A Thriller A Day! While we've finished our 67-day marathon viewing and reviewing an episode of Thriller a day, we hope you'll come along for the ride after the fact and post your comments on the episodes as you make your way through the series. While you can access all of the entries in the Blog Archive in the sidebar, we thought it would be helpful to provide this index with links to each of the episode reviews, season and series wrap-ups, all of the interviews we conducted, and the image galleries posted.

Some key members of the A Thriller A Day Team met up in Hollywood in March, 2011 (L-R): Peter Enfantino, Steve Mitchell, Gary Gerani, John Scoleri, David J. Schow

A Thriller A Day Introduction

Season 1 Wrap Up
Season 2 Wrap Up

The Pro's Top Ten Lists
A Thriller A Day Awards

Season 1 Episode Reviews
  1. The Twisted Image
  2. Child's Play
  3. Worse Than Murder
  4. The Mark of the Hand
  5. Rose's Last Summer
  6. The Guilty Men
  7. The Purple Room
  8. The Watcher
  9. Girl with a Secret
  10. The Prediction
  11. The Fatal Impulse
  12. The Big Blackout
  13. Knock Three-One-Two
  14. Man in the Middle
  15. The Cheaters
  16. The Hungry Glass
  17. The Poisoner
  18. Man in the Cage
  19. Choose a Victim
  20. Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook
  21. The Merriweather File
  22. The Fingers of Fear
  23. Well of Doom
  24. The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell
  25. Trio for Terror
  26. Papa Benjamin
  27. Late Date
  28. Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper
  29. The Devil's Ticket
  30. Parasite Mansion
  31. A Good Imagination
  32. Mr. George
  33. Terror in Teakwood
  34. The Prisoner in the Mirror
  35. Dark Legacy
  36. Pigeons from Hell
  37. The Grim Reaper
Season 2 Episode Reviews
  1. What Beckoning Ghost?
  2. Guillotine
  3. The Premature Burial
  4. The Weird Tailor
  5. God Grant that She Lye Stille
  6. Masquerade
  7. The Last of the Sommervilles
  8. Letter to a Lover
  9. A Third for Pinochle
  10. The Closed Cabinet
  11. Dialogues with Death
  12. The Return of Andrew Bentley
  13. The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk
  14. Portrait Without a Face
  15. An Attractive Family
  16. Waxworks
  17. La Strega
  18. The Storm
  19. A Wig for Miss DeVore
  20. The Hollow Watcher
  21. Cousin Tundifer
  22. The Incredible Dr. Markesan
  23. Flowers of Evil
  24. Till Death Do Us Part
  25. The Bride Who Died Twice
  26. Kill My Love
  27. Man of Mystery
  28. The Innocent Bystanders
  29. The Lethal Ladies
  30. The Specialists
Image Galleries
And please be sure to bookmark our next blog, We Are Controlling Transmission, in which we turn our attention to The Outer Limits.


  1. This is a superb addition. Thank the Gods - there is no John Williams prattling to drive me, in a Pavlovian way, away from classical music.

    It was one of two suggestions I was going to make. the second is a side bar in which new comments appear, so that someone coming upon this site who posts a comment, say in a week, a sidebar would allow us to be alerted and to check it out. It's more motivating that way too for someone to actually add to the continued discussion rather than think that no one will notice it buried in there, days, weeks, months or years later. And it also gives a spur to keep contributers and others to keep coming back.

    For instance, my research has shown that the two stories used in 'Dialogues with Death', though printed in pulps, were actually radio-plays from the celebrated 'Mysterious Traveler' show.

    Dec-1-1946 Friend of the Dead

    Oct-26-1948 Welcome Home

    This makes their linage more along the lines of TTZ's 'The Hitch-Hiker' than the other adaptions. An interesting seam of gold never again explored by 'Thriller' staff, who probably never knew the origins.

    The show is in the public domain and they would have been superb Special Features, had actually survived. Of the approximately 330 episodes, only about 86 have survived. You never know though. Maybe they were taped by the fans or the authors and are locked away.

    Maybe in a blu-ray, the best two or three or four could be tacked on to the disc with 'Dialogues with Death' to give viewers the chance to sample of the richness of another art-form. (the adaption of 'the Monkey's Paw' done by the radio show 'Nightfall' is the finest done of that story and one of the two or three finest horror radio plays of all time)

    One question that's been bugging me as I watch these episodes and one that may be answerable by Walker, Peter, John, Gary, David, is the structure of the adaptions.

    Thriller seems to have hued into two differing camps.

    Those that adapt the story by fleshing out the plot line with; details, fleshing out characters, adding dialogue or a scene but basically keep the structure of the original with a beginning. middle and end.
    The best example I can think of, because I've read it, is 'The Hungry House'. From the commentaries, 'Well of Doom' seems to be another.

    The second type of adaption is the one stated by 'Doug Benton' where the short story makes up the last act or two but the first three acts lead into it and are made up by the adaptor. The one that this seems apply to most is 'The Weird Tailor', where I get the impression that the Amicus remake follows the short story and the 'Thriller' one adds the seance, the black magic elements.

    This may work or it may take away the suggested echoes and resonances of the back-story, a bit like the 'Stars Wars' prequels killing much of the mythic mystery of the background by showing it.

    Some may fall into a third category in between the two.

    Anyone able to shed any light on this overlooked area?

  2. Hi Bobby -

    In the right hand sidebar between the "Blog Archive" and "Followers" you should see two subscription options - one for Posts and one for Comments. If you sign up for Comments, you should receive email notification when any new comments are added.

    You may need to sign up for a blogger account to take advantage of those but it's free and easy to do so, so I highly recommend that for anyone interested in following the continued comments that come in to A Thriller A Day.

  3. This whole blog, judiciously edited, needs to become a book. With the p.d. WEIRD TALES stories included.

    And, like one of those music-playing birthday cards, the book plays "Stranger in Paradise" every time you open it.

  4. FYI - just a quick note of a change in the Outer Limits blog URL. Please update your bookmarks accordingly!

  5. I'm so glad I found this blog. I LOVE Thriller and I'm so glad to have found a resource that broke the show down in a thorough and academic fashion. Thanks!!

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  7. I love thriller! Can you please tell me the name of the one episode where a man and woman con a father whose died in world war 2 saying they can communicate with the dead.The father shoots the woman then himself. Thanks

    1. Sorry for the error. The son died in world war 2.