My top 25 Episodes of Thriller

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1. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Weird Tailor (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A man seeks to resurrect his son by using a suit crafted using black magic.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Henry Jones, George Macready, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 145

2. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Cissy Hawk's farm keeps gaining massive blue ribbon hogs, while the passing drifters she hires magically disappear. Well-read grifter Jason Longfellow figures he'll last a lot longer at her... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Jo Van Fleet, John Carradine, Paul Newlan

Votes: 117

3. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Well of Doom (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Fiendish Moloch and his huge creature Styx kill a chauffeur and kidnap his passengers, who are en route to a bachelor party. The 2 abductees (a bridegroom, who's heir to an English country ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ronald Howard, Henry Daniell, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 160

4. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Grim Reaper (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Celebrity author Beatrice Graves purchases a cursed painting of the Grim Reaper; her nephew Paul warns her that most of its previous owners have died violently but she scoffs-until blood appears on the Reaper's blade.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Natalie Schafer, Henry Daniell

Votes: 245

5. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Cheaters (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A man invents a pair of glasses that can see the truth in others and oneself. They lead to a series of suicides, murders, and tragedies for the wearers.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Mildred Dunnock, Harry Townes, Jack Weston

Votes: 214

6. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Return of Andrew Bentley (1961)

Unrated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

White magic practitioner Amos Wilder kills himself after securing his nephew's sworn promise to guard his body against evil spirits. The nephew must never leave his uncle's mansion, to ... See full summary »

Director: John Newland | Stars: Boris Karloff, John Newland, Antoinette Bower, Philip Bourneuf

Votes: 132

7. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: A Wig for Miss Devore (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Patricia Barry, John Baragrey, John Fiedler

Votes: 150

8. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Incredible Doktor Markesan (1962)

Crime, Drama, Horror

Penniless Fred Bancroft, along with his new wife Molly, visits a sinister uncle he hasn't seen in years in hopes of living rent-free in his musty, decaying mansion.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Boris Karloff, Dick York, Carolyn Kearney, Richard Hale

Votes: 161

9. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: A Good Imagination (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A bookworm uses his good imagination and some storylines from Poe to dispose of his cheating wife's paramours.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Edward Andrews, Patricia Barry, Ed Nelson

Votes: 165

10. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Hungry Glass (1961)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A married couple moves into a house that is haunted by images reflected in glass and mirrors.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Joanna Heyes, Russell Johnson

Votes: 227

11. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Guillotine (1961)

Crime, Drama, Horror

France, 1875. A condemned man learns of a legal loophole allowing him to be pardoned if the executioner dies before his execution. He then enlists his wife in a scheme to make sure that this improbable scenario comes to pass.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Boris Karloff, Robert Middleton, Danielle De Metz, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 140

12. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Parasite Mansion (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A young woman is held captive in a mansion by a family of recluses hiding a supernatural secret.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Pippa Scott, Jeanette Nolan, James Griffith

Votes: 184

13. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Devil's Ticket (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

An artist "pawns" his soul to the devil and must retrieve it by painting a portrait of another person whose soul will be exchanged for his.

Director: Jules Bricken | Stars: Boris Karloff, Macdonald Carey, Patricia Medina, Joan Tetzel

Votes: 185

14. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Waxworks (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A murder outside a traveling wax museum attracts the attention of the police--and a European detective who claims that the wax figures of murderers are brought to life by black magic so they can kill again.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Oskar Homolka, Martin Kosleck, Antoinette Bower

Votes: 117

15. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Dialogues with Death (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Two tales of terror centering on communicating with the dead. In the first, an elderly morgue attendant can speak to the cadavers in his charge and he learns the identity of the gunman who ... See full summary »

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Norma Crane, Ed Nelson, Estelle Winwood

Votes: 98

16. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Choose a Victim (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A beach bum locks onto a wealthy young woman whose sadness is as obvious as her flashy jewels and sports car. At first Ralphie Teal only desires a quick score, but when the comely Ms. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Carlson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Larry Blyden, Susan Oliver, Guy Mitchell

Votes: 118

17. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Purple Room (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A practical-minded skeptic must stay in the spooky Baton Rouge mansion his brother willed to him for one night or forfeit it to his cousin and her husband, who warn him of ghosts.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Boris Karloff, Rip Torn, Patricia Barry, Richard Anderson

Votes: 195

18. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Pigeons from Hell (1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Two stranded motorists and a local sheriff battle evil forces that inhabit a run-down, abandoned mansion in the middle of a swamp in the middle of nowhere.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Boris Karloff, Brandon De Wilde, Crahan Denton, Ken Renard

Votes: 248

19. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: A Third for Pinochle (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Milquetoast Maynard plans on killing his spouse, unaware a pair of nosy sisters across the street have just killed one's husband. Maynard has a cosy love nest for himself and Babs - his ... See full summary »

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Edward Andrews, Doro Merande, Ann Shoemaker

Votes: 102

20. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Late Date (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A brother helps his brother cover up the murder of his philandering wife by framing her lover.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Larry Pennell, Edward Platt, Jody Fair

Votes: 126

21. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Premature Burial (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

An aging millionaire survives being buried alive, but his devilish fiancée plans to take advantage of his next cataleptic seizure, by marrying him and then making sure he stays in his grave... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Boris Karloff, Sidney Blackmer, Scott Marlowe, Patricia Medina

Votes: 130

22. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: La Strega (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After a young woman and her penniless lover defy her her grandmother's wishes, the old lady uses witchcraft to make their lives unpleasant

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ursula Andress, Alejandro Rey, Ramon Novarro

Votes: 133

23. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Rose's Last Summer (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

An aging actress is mysteriously found dead in a family's garden, and they may know more about her death than they will admit.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Boris Karloff, Mary Astor, Lin McCarthy, Jack Livesey

Votes: 156

24. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Watcher (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A schoolteacher and religious hypocrite takes a creepy interest in a handsome 20-year-old and the girl supposedly corrupting him. He murders her, but then discovers the young man has a more serious interest in another "corrupter".

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Martin Gabel, Stuart Erwin, Olive Sturgess

Votes: 145

25. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Terror in Teakwood (1961)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A concert pianist, so obsessed by the death of an arch-rival that he desecrates his grave, announces he will play a sonata written especially for the dead man's oversized hands.

Director: Paul Henreid | Stars: Boris Karloff, Guy Rolfe, Hazel Court, Charles Aidman

Votes: 148



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