First aired: 1972
I have looked at plenty of Night Gallery episodes and segments; the Funeral and How to Cure the Common Vampire, The Devil is Not Mocked, Death on a Barge and several shorts. Yet somehow I managed to miss out this one until now.
This was based on the Fritz Leiber Jr. story of the same name and would be made into a feature length in its own right in 1995, called, of course, the Girl with the Hungry Eyes (you’ll find my thoughts on the short at the bottom of that review). This was far more source material accurate than the subsequent movie and was, of course directed by John Badham who would go on to direct Dracula (1979).
|the first photo|
|funky eye thing|
|John Astin as Mr Munsch|
|the girl feeds|
This wasn’t bad, in that it was fairly faithful to the original story, but as I said at the head I don’t know whether it would have carried the same power if someone hadn’t read the original. This is a vampire representing the destructive nature of consumerism, a warning that the holy grail of capitalism is eating away our souls.
I think, to be fair, that the episode should attract 5 out of 10. It is a nice, unusual tale – not often done. It could have been so much more – especially with Badham at the helm.
The imdb page is here.
*Thanks to Halek who reminded me that I hadn’t reviewed this one.