by Anthony King
I have a bone to pick with MeTV. Up until about a year ago (maybe two years ago; what is time anymore) you could find Lynda Carter in her big, '70s frames spinning herself into that Amazing Amazon on your television screens right before our beloved Svengoolie took to the airwaves. Because of that, I developed an enormous crush on Mrs. Carter and fell in love with Wonder Woman. Now we have to suffer through 90 minutes of The Three Stooges before getting to Sven. That's like asking for candy bar getting square of baking chocolate instead. This is all a roundabout way of getting to the fact that Lynda Carter stars in this week's episode of 52/82 and, spoilers, she's the best!
Hotline originally aired on CBS on October 16, 1982 at the height of the slasher craze and when made-for-tv movies were weekly events. In Amanda Reyes' fabulous TV movie compendium, Are You in the House Alone?, she writes about how “phone terror” was a device used for TV horror films because they couldn't show the more exploitive elements of theatrical horror – blood and boobs. Riding on the success of films like Black Christmas and When a Stranger Calls, TV movies like Hotline, Someone's Watching Me, and Are You in the House Alone? used “phone terror” to its fullest potential. And, agreeing with Amanda here, Hotline is the best out of the bunch.
Some people may want to jump right into the pits of blood and guts and hypodermic needles for Scary Movie Month. Some have been going hard since September 1. And many celebrate year round. But for those of you who want to slowly wade into the terror-filled waters of October might I suggest a day filled with TV horrors. And head to YouTube (the only way to see this gem) for one of the most entertaining TVMs to bless the small screen.