Monday Afternoon Movie is a weekly podcast hosted by your friend and mine, Sam Pancake. Each episode focuses on a different too-good-to-be-forgotten TV movie from the 1970s, and our first episode goes live Monday, August 6.

Check back here or on Facebook to listen to the first episode, and meanwhile keep reading below to find out how you can watch the movie profiled in that episode ahead of time. And don’t forget to follow Monday Afternoon Movie on your podcast thingamajig of choice: on iTunes, on Google Play or on SoundCloud.

Episode Eight: Haunts of the Very Rich

Think of Lost by way of Fantasy Island with a Twilight Zone chaser, and if that’s not incentive enough, know that Haunts of the Very Rich’s band of castaways is 1972 TV royalty, including Lloyd Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Anne Francis, Donna Mills, Robert Reed and more. The ebullient Alec Mapa joins Sam for this episode, the finale to the first season of Monday Afternoon Movie.

Click here to watch Haunts of the Very Rich on YouTube.


Episode Seven: The Initiation of Sarah

"What if Carrie went to college?" That's a question few people asked, but the 1978 TV movie THE INITIATION OF SARAH seeks to answer it anyway. Actress and gaucho pant enthusiast Nina Millin joins Sam to talk about the high fashion and glaring plotholes in this thoroughly enjoyable flick about sorority sisters and psychic powers. The movie stars Kay Lenz, Morgan Brittany, Morgan Fairchild and Shelley Winters, though the star of this episode is clearly Sam's imitation of Shelley Winters.

Click here to watch The Initiation of Sarah on YouTube.


Episode Six: Trilogy of Terror

It's finally here: the movie that derailed Karen Black's career! The 1975 TV movie TRILOGY OF TERROR offers viewers four different flavors of Karen Black, but Sam and guest Roz Drezfalez find that there's a reason the last vignette is the one everyone still remembers. Zuni fetish doll for the win!

Click here to watch Scream, Pretty Peggy on YouTube.


Episode Five: Scream, Pretty Peggy

If you just consider this 1973 thriller a Psycho take-off that came thirteen years too late, you might not love Scream, Pretty Peggy. However, if you look at it as a showcase for Bette Davis and her ability to hold a teacup in various states of distress, this one is a camp classic. Matt Cornwall joins Sam to talk Ted Bissell’s sitcom career and the mystery of how to pronounce Sian Barbara Allen’s unpronounceable name. Come for the plot recap, stay for Sam’s Bette Davis impression.

Click here to watch Scream, Pretty Peggy on YouTube.


Episode Four: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Long before Guillermo del Toro fleshed it out as a feature film, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was a TV movie legend that loomed vividly in the memory any kid who happened to have caught its first airing in 1973. But does this haunted house flick stand up if you watch it as an adult? Sam is joined by writer-director Adam Dugas to talk plotholes, scrotum-faced goblins and Kim Darby’s unfortunate styling.

Click here to watch Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark online. 


Episode Three: Curse of the Black Widow

Who is the ambiguously European-accented woman murdering the men of Los Angeles? What family secret could Donna Mills and Patty Duke be hiding? Why are they playing twins? Can you tell the difference between June Lockhart and June Allyson? Why is Roz Kelly’s character named Flaps? Why is there a scene at a zoo? Can tarantulas survive sea water? These questions and more are asked and kinda-sorta answered in Episode 3 of the Monday Afternoon Movie, with special guest Drew Droege!

Click here to watch Curse of the Black Widow in full on YouTube. 


Episode Two: The House That Would Not Die

Lesson learned: If there’s a storied home in Pennsylvania Amish country, it’s probably haunted. The House That Would Not Die stars Barbara Stanwyck, Kitty Winn and Barbara Stanwyck’s amazing Nolan Miller wardrobe, who all join forces to get to the bottom of a centuries-old mystery and also get in good with their handsome neighbors. Actress and comedian Selene Luna joins Sam to talk about how bonkers this movie is and how it succeeds in spite of being totally bonkers.

You can watch The House That Would Not Die online by clicking here.


Episode One: Something Evil with Theo Brown

Steven Spielberg’s first TV movie, Duel, won widespread acclaim and even got a theatrical release. Something Evil, which aired on CBS just two months later, did not get a theatrical release, but fans of Spielberg’s work will nonetheless see why the director went on to such success. Sam is joined by writer-director Theo Brown to discuss the film, which stars Sandy Dennis and Darren McGavin as a couple who makes the crucial mistake of purchasing a house. It doesn’t go well.

You can watch Something Evil online by clicking here.



Coming August 6 to a listening device near you... It's Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie, a weekly series that has actor and comedian Sam Pancake reliving the wonderment of the made-for-TV movies of the 1970s. Sam sits with friends Alec Mapa, Selene Luna, Drew Droege and more to talk about the the bad, the bonkers and the bizarre about movies including Trilogy of Terror, The Initiation of Sarah, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and more.