USA Saturday Nightmares
Horror / Suspense
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original run||1986 – 1994|
USA Saturday Nightmares is an unhosted show on the USA Network in the 1980s and early 1990s. The show came on at 8:00 p.m. every Saturday night. They showed a lot of B Horror and Sci-Fi Films. Most of the movies shown also appeared on Commander USA's Groovie Movies and USA Sci-Fi Theater. They also showed episodes of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Hitchhiker, and The Ray Bradbury Theater.
Intro sequence and bumpers
The most famous intro to the series had you going through a CGI haunted house (in the early days of CGI) where the paintings changed. It started outside the house and moved inward. The first painting, depicted random acts of violence and terror with a woman screaming, a gunshot, a falling body, and a hatchet swing. The second painting went from Frankenstein, Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Hyde, and The Wolfman. The third painting changed between The Brood, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. The last part of the intro showed a movie screen and the voice over would welcome you. The most famous of the voiceovers came from Alan Kalter of "Late Show with David Letterman" fame.
Saturday Nightmares also had bumpers that featured scenes from B horror films as well as scenes from old episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Saturday Nightmares was a show somewhat similar to TNT's "MonsterVision." It was a host-less show consisting of a movie (usually B-grade) and two eerie TV show episodes from The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Hitchhiker, and The Ray Bradbury Theater.