One of the staples my misspent youth was enjoying, “That’s Incredible!“. It was a kitschy hodge-podge of stuntmen, magicians, psychics and other dentally challenged fraudsters looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. I loved it! Sometime this show would slip in some really disturbing stuff, and this is prime-time TV mind you. One segment was about this lady who died and had this vision (near death experiences was a T.I. mainstay btw) of Jesus and the Devil battling for her soul! The cinematography was creepy! It was filmed in black and white, and if I remember correctly, they used this low camera with a fisheye lens looking up at these two hooded characters writhing about. And the scenery was like this burned out hillside with a dead tree. Very nightmarish! I wasn’t prepared for that kind of imagery on a Monday night! Might have been the inspiration for the cult art film, “The Begotten“. But who knows. Anyway, the next day, I remember a schoolmate being equally disturbed by that segment as I was. Wish I could see it one more time.
Oh and hey! While we’re on the subject of Creepy and That’s Incredible!, let’s talk about John Davidson! I mean, what’s going on behind those eyes? That smug smile! (Cue psycho shower scene music) My Dad never liked him, ever since that streets of San Francisco episode where he played a cross-dressing (as Carol Channing) murderer, he didn’t want anything to do with him! I later learned that Johnny Depp is also afraid of John Davidson…. so there! I’m not afraid as the aforementioned, but I wouldn’t want to meet him on a lonely road at night.