The Best and Worst of Scary Old Time Radio
Old Time Radio Thrills! Frights! Shocks! The scariest and the best stories to listen to in the dark– Find out what to track down and what to avoid! Perfect for sleepovers and Halloween parties!
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This is a classic. The audio drama has scary, imaginative properties that reflect the best of Old Time Radio storytelling.
This is a quality show that is better than average. Play this for a friend or at a Halloween party and you won’t be disappointed.
Fun to listen to, but the twist ending is not especially imaginative, nor do the sound effects set it apart from the rest. Most fall in this grade.
Not fun to listen to. Plot inconsistencies make the listener strain to comprehend the story or a lack of creativity makes it just plain old boring.
I want the half hour of my life back! Why did someone bother to save this on reel-to-reel, much less convert it to digital?
Common Motifs for Old Time Radio, Horror Comics & Scary Short Stories
Murder and revenge are common, even expected scenarios in horror and crime fiction, but these angles are replayed ad nauseum in old Time Radio.
#1: Am I Going Crazy?
A false scenario is meant to drive the protagonist insane (or kill them) so that the instigator can get the inheritance money. The deception usually backfires. #1b: It’s the cops screwing with a criminal to get a confession.
#2 Hands of Orlac: A severed hand comes for revenge.
#3 Only a Dream: The entire narrative was only a dream.
#4 The Hitchhiker: The narrator was dead the whole time.
#5 Voodoo: Folk magic gets revenge for the powerless and wronged.
#6 Taming of the Shrew: A nagging wife gets her comeuppance.
#7 The Signalman: A spirit warns of impending doom and saves everyone.
#8 Jewels of the Forbidden Temple:
Jewels are stolen from an ancient, ruined temple in the jungle and a curse befalls the thieves.