Clive Barker’s A-Z of Horror – tape 2744

This tape opens with the end of The Great Hunger.

There’s a trailer for The Simpsons and one for Holding On.

Then, the first episode of Clive Barker’s A-Z of HorrorAmerican Psycho. This one looks at the infamous American serial killer Ed Gein, starting with a visit to the town where he lived.

Then it looks at Gein’s influence on Psycho. Janet Leigh goes driving.

There’s an interview with Robert Bloch, but it’s probably an archive interview, as they’re playing it out on a TV.

Peggy Robertson talks about the making of the film.

Screenwriter Joseph Stefano, who also created The Outer Limits and worked on Star Trek.

Following Psycho, discussion moves to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, another Gein-inspired story, and its director Tobe Hooper.

It also looks at the other famous serial killer movie, Silence of the Lambs, with production designer Kristi Zea

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th October 1997 – 23:00

Recording switches, and there’s a trailer for Holding On.

Then, another episode of Clive Barker’s A-Z of HorrorThe Devil You Know. All about Satan.

Naturally, The Exorcist is the first subject, and they talk to Mercedes McCambridge, the voice of Satan.

Ellen Burstyn

Father Thomas Bermingham, technical advisor.

Director William Friedkin

Writer William Peter Blatty

Sound Effects artist Ron Nagle

The next segment is Xploitation. A look at how to market low budget horror films, featuring an array of famous and not so famous names, like Joe Dante

Ray Dennis Steckler

Ted V Mikels

John Landis

The next segment is Rictus

Next, in Sorceress, the children of Shirley Jackson talk about growing up with the writer of some horror classics.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th October 1997 – 23:30

Recording switches, and there’s the end of some snooker.

There’s a nice trailer for Have I Got News For You.

Then, for reasons surpassing understanding, there’s an extra 15 minute programme of Indoor Bowls. Because the previous 50 minutes of snooker clearly wasn’t enough to sate the desire of the British public for balls rolling slowly across a smooth green surface. Imagine if you fell asleep during the snooker then woke up during the bowls. You’d think the players had all been shrunk in some horrific science experiment.

This means all the programs are now running 15 minutes late. After this there’s a trailer for Frankie and Johnny.

Then, Clive Barker’s A-Z of HorrorThe Kingdom of the Dead.

Starting with Zombies, this talks about Night of the Living Dead, and talks to the filmmakers, as well as some of the local Pittsburgh residents who played zombies, like Bill Hinzman.

Director George A Romero

Writer John Russo

Producer and actor Russ Streiner

Next, in Window, photographer Simon Marsden talks about Edgar Allan Poe.

Open Vein is a quite disturbing look at self-harm. Featuring David Skal

Poppy Z Brite talks about cutting her own wrists.

Finally, Quiet Men sees Roger Corman talk about some of the actors he has worked with on his films.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th October 1997 – 22:50

Recording switches to the end of Have I Got News For You with Bob Monkhouse and Ken Livingstone. Ken is appearing a lot on these tapes. I hope he’s OK.

There’s a trailer for weekdays at 6pm on BBC Two and for Abigail’s Party Night.

Then, another episode of Clive Barker’s A-Z of HorrorBroken Homes.

First, Escape which looks at suburbs, with John Carpenter, director of Halloween.

Also Producer and co-writer Debra Hill

Then, Japan looks at director Shinya Tsukamoto, director of Tetsuo.

Innocents looks at evil children. Although in his narration, Barker calls the evil child “one of the most dishonest ideas in modern horror” a thought which is echoed by horror writer Ramsey Campbell.

“You will be replaced by the next generation. They will find you irrelevant and silly.” says Wes Craven.

Patty McCormack played the young, blond murderous child in The Bad Seed.

Finally, Killing Joke looks at the French theatre tradition of Grand Guignol.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th October 1997 – 22:30

After this, recording continues with a trailer for Pulp Fiction.

Then, there’s the start of Halloween, introduced as ‘classic blood and gore’ by the announcer, even though there’s barely any blood at all in it.

The tape ends after about 40 minutes of the movie. It’s presented in widescreen, although I don’t think it’s in the full Panavision aspect ratio.


  1. I’m never very sure whether to pronounce Ellen Burstyn’s name as “Burstin'” as in “burstin’ with excitement” or “Burstein” as in “Frankenstein”.

  2. John Carpenter is one of my favourite directors who always delivered the goods in his movies and was versatile, able to do sci-fi movies as well as western pastiches, thrillers, action adventures and of course horror although I watched one of his more recent efforts The Ward and summed it up as just another cookie cutter slasher pic. He almost worked on something called The Shadow Company with Walter Hill based on a screenplay by Shane Black but nothing happened.

    John Landis, Joe Dante, etc. are guys who know how to do proper horror unlike some of today’s writers and directors. Let’s also not forget Frank Darabont who did a fine job with The Mist and was also involved with The Fly II, Nightmare On Elm Street 3 and Tales Of The Crypt.

  3. Is it possible to get a copy of episode 4 please? I am doing research for a documentary and it may prove invaluable!

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