The FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES show was recently mentioned and I finally got around to finding a show that I watched religiously for thrills in the ’90s. I’m talking about FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES. No, Jason Voorhees wasn’t in it, but it was a darn good show about cursed antiquities. It was low budget and a bit…um…’80s at times, but very dramatic and the special effects seemed really good for the time and money.
The show is about two cousins who inherit an antique shop whose stock was cursed by the devil. It was their job to recover all the items and store them away for good in order to keep people from harm. Usually a piece was already raising hell, causing the owner destruction, possession and sometimes death. I remember specifically one about a cursed compact mirror and a fashion model. I look forward to revisiting these stories.
The pilot episode featured a possessed doll who could talk and was stolen by a cute little girl. Mayhem ensues of course. Little girl: “You can talk”?!, Evil doll: “I can do a lot of things”…in a chill inducing whisper… I had an antique doll collection thanks to Dad that became a collection of fear. I had him move them to the glass cabinets in the living room.
This show was very scary to me as a kid, my Dad was and still is, an antique dealer. Our house was FULL of old curiosities. After watching this show I was terrified of some of the objects in the house. My dresser was from the early 1800’s and became highly suspect. I had become scared of ghosts and curses attached to old things. We had some strange things happen and to this day I don’t know if I was just imagining it. Light would turn off and on, TV would switch on full blast and once to my dismay the toilet flushed by itself. THE HORROR! Didn’t stop me from watching the show everyday though. I think if anything it fed my lifelong passion for all things spooky.
I have been thinking about this show for awhile now (it was also recently Friday the 13th). I looked it up on Netflix and was happy to see the DVDs available to rent. Someone had suggested to me a newer show called WAREHOUSE 13 that sounded very similar to this one. I will re-watch this first.
FRIDAY THE 13TH (if memory serves) was on after school on the Sci-Fi channel in re-run or perhaps the USA channel? BEYOND REALITY came on before or after and was liked but not as much.. I watched every episode without fail, I was glued to the TV set.I’m of the opinion that both series seemed like early versions of the X-FILES. I think a few ideas were lifted from these shows. Can’t wait to see this again. Might try to find BEYOND REALITY too. They are both available on DVD. Only FRIDAY THE 13TH is available on Netflix. Come to think of it, kinda reminds me of SUPERNATURAL too!