Historias para no dormir (TV Mini-Series 1966)

TV Mini-Series   |  Crime, Drama, Horror

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Tales of terror by established authors such as Ray Bradbury or Edgar Allan Poe as well as original scripts.


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26 August 2020 | alucinecinefago
| Great Spanish series, a classic masterpiece of suspense
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (NIS) is truly the Hispanic Hitchcock. To develop this "Historias para no dormir" he actually was inspired by the famous British series "Alfred Hitchcock presents". NIS was the first one who introduced this genres into Spanish TV.

In some chapters he adapted tales by Edgar Alan Poe or Ray Bradbury. In others, he created his own stories. He was a real genius, clearly a visionary filmmaker. One of the chapters of this series has a very similar plot like Carpenter´s "They live"... and was made years before! So Carpenter maybe saw this (or heard about it), and got the idea thanks to NIS.

Anyway, I´m not sure if there is some version with English subtitles of this series out there. In Spain, this was on TV in the ´60s, ´70s and first ´80s. Some of the episodes, like the Bradbury-style dystopic science-fiction, look quite prophetic if you see them now (kind of a pre-"Black mirror" maybe).

By the way, there is a book that reviews and analyzes all of the chapters of the series, and also the two feature films by NIS (unfortunately he only made two, "The house that screamed" and "Who can kill a child"). It looks like the book is only in Spanish for now, but if you speak this language and love intelligent horror and science-fiction, it could be interesting for you. The book is "Historias para no dormir: ...y otros inquietantes mediometrajes televisivos de Narciso Ibáñez Serrador" and you can find it in Amazon (ebook and paperback).

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Season 3 was recorded in 1982, 14 years after the first two seasons. It was a special commission from the director of TVE-1, who wanted to use a well established format to perform an experiment on how well VCR could be used to make a full high quality TV series, with the intention of replacing film and earlier video formats in a near future.

They wanted to check, not only how well recording and editing could be made, but also how much cost and production time-frames could be reduced with the new medium. As such, all kinds of shots, camera movements, lightning, sets and decorations were used, to test the limits of VCR and how far it could go.

What could be seen, in the words of director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador was that, even though VCR was still too young, at least with Spanish television budgets and technical equipment, to be a perfect substitute of film for TV series, as the quality of the final product wasn't still comparable with series of the time produced on film, it was certainly the format of the future, and it certainly reduced costs to an infinitesimal amount, and time-frames were reduced to a fifth of the average standard, making it possible to record full one-hour episodes in less than 24 hours. Serrador's biggest complain was that VCR was not as easily editable as film yet, but he had no doubt that technology would eventually be improved to a point when that wouldn't be a problem anymore.

VCR was shelved as a main medium for TV series for a few years, until Tristeza de amor (1986) became four years later the first mainstream Spanish TV series to be produced entirely on VCR.


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Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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4 February 1966



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