US tv series (1972-1973). Columbia Pictures/NBC. Pr Joel Rogosin. Exec pr William Castle. Dir Robert Day, Richard Donner and many others. Starring Sebastian Cabot (Winston Essex). 22 1hr episodes. Colour.
This anthology series was anchored by Cabot as the mysterious head of a gloomy hotel. Each week he introduced stories about Ghosts, Vampires, Witches and other supernatural entities. Plots included: a young woman battles a ghost that wants to drive her out of her new house; a ghost wants her Twin sister to join her in death; a Voodoo practitioner conspires against his former son-in-law; and a college professor is, outside the classroom, a vampire. After 13 episodes GS changed format, dropping Cabot and placing less emphasis on the supernatural. Re-titled Circle of Fear, the new version lasted a further nine episodes. [BC]