There are some names that appear again and again on the pages of Kindertrauma (STEPHEN KING and JOHN CARPENTER being two of the most obvious multiple trauma inflictors). One name that is perhaps less well known but belongs to an equally prolific trauma supplier is DAN CURTIS. Producer, director and writer, DAN CURTIS not only supplied us with the innovative gothic daytime soap opera DARK SHADOWS, but he also pretty much redefined horror television in the 70’s across the board. Besides introducing us to the ever influential character of Kolchak from the seminal television movie THE NIGHT STALKER, he was also the man responsible for the unforgettably terrifying Zuni fetish doll from the classic TRILOGY OF TERROR. His directorial work on the big screen includes the creepy haunted house flick BURNT OFFERINGS which, like much of DAN‘s output, is frequently cited as a movie which many young folks were forever scarred by (particularly when they stumbled across it on late night television).
His list of genre contributions go on and on and he can be thanked for bringing such classics to the small screen as DRACULA (’73), THE TURN OF THE SCREW (’74) and THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (’73). The presence of his name in a film’s or television movie’s credits signals the fact that you are about to see something from somebody who truly knows his way around a horror tale. DAN CURTIS may not exactly be a household name, but there is no household that has a television that this man did not profoundly affect.
We here at Kindertrauma have no choice but to honor his brilliant career with an Official Traumatizer award. DAN the man’s extensive credits speak volumes but honestly, he could have earned this baby with the Zuni fetish doll alone!