Thursday, April 24, 2014
Why I'm Afraid of Unsolved Mysteries
I have a love-hate relationship with the old television program Unsolved Mysteries, hosted by the incomparable Robert Stack. On the one hand, I LOVED this show as a kid. Like most kids, I was totally into UFOs, ghosts, weird mysteries and unsolved crimes. I loved stuff like Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not and ghost stories. On the either hand, the show scared the shit out of me and gave me nightmares.
I couldn't have been more than 10 years old when I got into Unsolved Mysteries, running to the living room whenever I heard that creepy music playing in the opening. I was absolutely fascinated by the stories, unable to tear my eyes away from tales of the unsolved cases of brutal murders, lost loves torn apart by strange circumstances, weird alternative histories and conspiracy theories like whether Billy the Kid was truly gunned down by Pat Garrett, and of course the aforementioned tales of alien abductions and ghost sightings. It was like crack to my prepubescent nerd brain. The only problem was my young brain wasn't developed enough to handle it.
The show kept me up late at night, wondering if it was all true. Were their aliens out there, ready to steal me out of my bed? What about escaped murderers out looking for their next victim? It got to the point where even just hearing the creepy opening music got my heart rate up and made me jittery. My parents wouldn't let me watch it anymore, which was terribly disappointing but probably for the best.
I didn't realize until today that the show actually ran until 2002, and even had a brief return in 2008-2010. Maybe if I go back to it as an adult...
Nope nevermind. Just looked it up on YouTube, and even the theme music still gives me goose bumps..
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Best theme music ever!ReplyDelete
Up there with The Twilight Zone and Doctor Who!Delete
Love that show! It was great and the music was great. I love all that stuff and read as much as I can about unsolved crimes like Jack The Ripper and even William Desmond Taylor-a famous director shot dead in 1922ReplyDelete
Don't remember Taylor - was that an episode of UM?Delete
I remember that show! They had some cool stories, but yeah.... creepy as a kid! :)ReplyDelete
I believe Rescue 911 with William Shatner came out aroundthe same time, but it wasn't as cool. You know, cause there weren't any aliens or anything.Delete
That theme music used to scare the crap out of me when I was sitting in the dark. Loved that show as well but I couldn't tell you one of the stories I saw.ReplyDelete
No, honestly I don't remember any specific stories either. I was more the vibe and the fact that it existed at all. I also don't remember any re-runs, so I didn't see any of the stories more than once.Delete
Unlike WKRP in Cincinnati, which I watched ad naseum on syndication, and can recite whole episodes of thirty years later.