I was talking to a friend about a scene from an old TV movie that completely traumatized me when I was little... Gargoyles (1972) and if I remember right, it came on the CBS Late Movie.
Here’s a clip but skip ahead to :50 seconds for the scary...
So I started thinking about other shows from back then that put a chill down my spine. Another was the early 70’s intro to the soap opera, The Edge of Night. I believe my Grandmother watched this one and it completely creeped me out... even in the daytime.
I know I’m not alone on the next one because this tore up all of Mr. Spikes’ 7th Grade wood shop class! That’s where I remember everyone talking about “The Cemetery” from Rod Serling’s Night Gallery. A scheming nephew is alone in the house, he notices the painting at the bottom of the stairs showing the house and cemetery, has changed. There is now a mound showing the grave of his once ailing Uncle. Next, the coffin is raised, then the coffin is open, the old man is shown leaving the coffin, then approaching the house.
CBS must love to scare little kids because the next one was one of theirs too. 1979’s Salem’s Lot starring David Soul was my initial introduction to the Nosferatu style vampire. This wasn’t the bloodshot eyes of Christopher Lee or even the silken cape of Bela Lugosi, this was pure evil in the form of a TV mini-series! Years later, I saw the original German film Nosfertu and that was even more horrifying... until they make a Twilight v/s Nosferatu movie, I’ll keep my distance from him.
The only other one I could think of (thanks again CBS) still holds up well after all of these years. Although some of the episodes were hokey, nothing makes me turn the lights on like the Tales of the Darkside opener... yikes!