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Ghost Stories (1997 TV series)

Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories
DVD cover
Genre Horror
Mystery
Anthology
Drama
Narrated by Rip Torn
Composer(s) Claude Foisy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Frederick Rappaport
Tom Norton
Nicolas Valcour
Producer(s) New Dominion Pictures
Release
Original channel FOX Family
Original release September 28, 1997 (1997-09-28) – June 8, 1998 (1998-06-08)

Ghost Stories is an American horror anthology television series that ran from 1997 to 1998 on the cable channel FOX Family.

The show was narrated by Rip Torn and originally two episodes were presented back to back in an hour-long segment. However, towards the end of the series it was broken down into 30 minute episodes with just one story, most featuring a style similar to episodes of The Twilight Zone in which there would be a twist at the end.

There have been five DVD releases and is currently being shown in the United Kingdom on the TV channel Zone Horror.

Contents

  • Episodes 1
  • DVD releases 2
    • Volume sets 2.1
    • Complete set 2.2
      • Disc 1 2.2.1
      • Disc 2 2.2.2
      • Disc 3 2.2.3
      • Disc 4 2.2.4
      • Disc 5 2.2.5
      • Disc 6 2.2.6
      • Technical data 2.2.7
  • See also 3
    • Similar shows 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Episodes

Each episode begins with an introduction segment narrated by Rip Torn (viewable in QuickTime[1] or in Windows Media[2]):

Come with me to a place of wondrous contradictions. A place that is silent and unstirring yet restless and alive. A place of untold peace and boundless dread. Come with me into the very cradle of darkness, where those who dwell, dwell alone.

Once complete, it goes directly into the episode where Rip Torn introduces the episode. During the episode's conclusion, Rip Torn comments on what was seen (usually in some form of a moral).

DVD releases

Volume sets

Name Release date Ep # Additional information
Ghost Stories December 7, 2004 40 5-disc DVD set released by Platinum Disc Corporation, presented in a digipak format with no bonus features or commentary; excludes 4 episodes; "It's Only A Movie", "At Death's Door", "Going Down", and "Cabin Fever".
Ghost Stories: Volume 1 August 23, 2005 8 Run-time of 165 minutes and is basically a repackaged version of disc 1 from the box set above; followed by Ghost Stories, Vol. 2, which is disc 2 from the box set above.
Ghost Stories: 6-disc set September 30, 2008 44 The complete series was released in a 6-disc set, including the 4 never-before-seen episodes; comes in a new digipack with the same 5 volumes and a 6th disc including the 4 never-before-released episodes; released on region 1 with no other bonus features.
Haunted: Ghost Stories October 6, 2009 40 The 40-episode set was re-released in a 2-disc keepcase featuring new cover art and bearing the title: Haunted: Ghost Stories; each disc is dual-sided and contains 10 episodes of the series as opposed to 8; presented in a standard DVD case and includes no bonus features.
Ghost Stories - The Complete Series April 10, 2012 44 The complete series will be re-released in a 4-disc set by Timeless Media Group.[3]

Complete set

On September 30, 2008, the complete series was released in a 6-disc set, including the 4 never-before-seen episodes. The set comes in a new digipack with the same 5 volumes and a 6th disc including the 4 never-before released episodes. It was released on region 1 with no other bonus features.

This set includes the episodes shown below and does not have any special features or commentary.

Disc 1

  • Cold In The Grave
  • Landscape Of Lost Dreams
  • Personal Demons
  • You'll Wake The Dead
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • You'll Always Be Mine
  • Back Ward
  • Beware The Muse

Disc 2

  • The Stainless Blade
  • Wake In Fear
  • Last Flight Out
  • Resting Place
  • Step-Sister
  • All Night Diner
  • Beat The Reaper
  • Green-Eyed Monster

Disc 3

  • Blood Money
  • Cold Dark Space
  • Sara's Friends
  • I Heard You Call My Name
  • Conscience
  • Bless Me Father
  • Fatal Distraction
  • Sleep No More

Disc 4

  • Cloistered
  • The House That Spilled Tears
  • Blazes
  • The New Nanny
  • Underground
  • Point Hope
  • The Scream House
  • State Of Grace

Disc 5

  • Heartsick
  • From The Ashes
  • Winner Take All
  • Inheritance
  • Denial
  • Erased
  • Parting Shot
  • Consumers

Disc 6

  • It's Only A Movie
  • At Death's Door
  • Going Down
  • Cabin Fever

Technical data

See also

Similar shows

References


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end

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local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
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end

return p
  1. ^ http://www.newdominion.com/media/mov/series/ghoststories.mov
  2. ^ http://www.newdominion.com/media/wmv/series/ghoststories.wmv
  3. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Ghost-Stories-The-Complete-Series/16651

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