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Second obscure 1970s Halloween TV Special, here, and this one stars the legendary Vincent Price as the host of three vignettes culled from three different horror novels. Since this was technically part of a series called CBS Library, there was a bit of a thinly-veiled experiment in “edutainment”: disguising education as entertainment. This was designed to inspire viewers to dig into reading. Which, as a life-long voracious reader, is something I can totally get behind.

Noble intentions aside, the only thing that holds this hour-long (47 minutes without commercials) television special is Vincent Price. The three shorts are based on the stories “The Ghost Belonged to Me” by Richard Peck, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, and “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” by John Bellairs. They’re not the entire stories, mind you; they’re culled to whet the appetite for reading. Or something. Thing is, the acting and effects are what you would expect for something like this: Sub-par and uninteresting. But, it’s good for a nice campy night of retro Halloween television special watching. It was released in VHS format back in the 1980…but it’s all over YouTube, so save some money and check it out there.

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