October is here, which means it's time for a turn to the spooky side of the classic TV on DVD aisle... Kolchak: The Night Stalker - 1.17 "Legacy of Terror" Someone or something is hacking the hearts out of young, healthy victims and some ancient Aztec spirit is involved. This one breaks from the familiar formula a bit, as the grisly murders our intrepid seersucker suit-wearing reporter is investigating have a very human background...at least until the very end. Erik Estrada is good as the handsome but lunkheaded young Latino who volunteers to be sacrificed after one year of getting everything he could possibly desire - including a retinue of beautiful handmaidens attending to his every whim. Also with Ramon Bieri, Pippa Scott and a very un-"Boss Hogg" type performance from Sorrell Booke. The Andy Griffith Show - 5.2 "The Haunted House" A sort of dry-run for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, this is a very fun episode involving a spooky old house and some googly-eyed shenanigans from Knotts as a scared witless Barney Fife. All credit to Barney, though, who shows he's not a coward as he draws his pistol and heads back into the house to rescue Andy, despite his fear. Scooby Doo, Where Are You? 1.4 "Mine Your Own Business" 1.15 "Spooky Space Kook" Another couple of good episodes from the classic 1969-1970 run of the show. The Space Kook is a pretty creepy monster (gotta love that insane cackle!) and Shaggy and Scooby's antics are always good for some chuckles. The Twilight Zone 5.32 "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" 5.34 "Come Wander with Me" It's been a long while since I gave my Image DVDs of this landmark series a spin. The wonderful John Dehner stars in "Mr. Garrity," a light little comic outing that ends with a nicely creepy stinger. "Come Wander with Me" is much more eerie, and includes some striking cinematography and direction (including a really spooky shot early on in the episode), but Gary Crosby's brash, opportunistic character works against the haunting spell the show is trying to weave. Still a good watch, and one I don't remember seeing before. I know this series got a sterling Blu-Ray release several years back, but a good friend gifted me the complete 5 seasons on DVD and they look pretty dang great already...so not sure I need an upgrade. And of course, the Magnum P.I. marathon continues, albeit at a slower, once a week pace that I find a lot more comfortable. This week I watched 1.10, "Lest We Forget," a strong episode which Darin and I covered in more detail in that other thread.