Other series might explore the bizarre or the fantastic with the aim of exciting, amusing or merely arousing dormant grey cells, but this 1963 American anthology series was designed to scare the living daylights out of its audience. Week after week, your television set was taken over by some of the creepiest aliens ever created for the small screen. These weren’t cuddly extraterrestrials, these were full-blooded agents of terror, collectively dubbed ‘Bears’ by producer Joseph Stefano, screenwriter of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho (1960). According to Stefano, the ‘Bear’ is that one splendid, staggering, shuddering effect in a story that induces awe or wonder or terror.

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