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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Judge's House
('Bram Stoker story')
Plot:
After moving into the home of a mean-spirited judge, two young authors are haunted by a malevolent ghost. They exorcise the spirit with the help of the townsfolk.
Episode:
1245
Air Dates:
First Run - September 25, 1981
Repeat - December 9, 1981
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13 Responses to Episode 1245


I heard the original broadcast of this episode at age 14 while fidding around with an old AM radio one night, and it scared the daylights out of me...still one of my favorites to this day! The end is a bit predictable, but it's a good, spooky tale!

An aspiring mathematician, looking for a solitary retreat to study for the tripos, rents a house reportedly haunted by the specter of its former occupant, the infamous 'Hanging Judge'. Loosely based on the Bram Stoker short story. A version of this story also appeared on Hall of Fantasy.

I always liked this one. Nice open-ended story. Wonder where the Judge is now HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Excellent choice!

In a laboratory I hope.

This is simply RMT at its best! The final 10 minutes or so, are maybe the BEST in the series! Perfect music, great acting-- really creepy-- above and beyond! You could just envision the Judge "At the top of the stairs....." I first taped this one on a cold, rainy Friday night in September (its first broadcast 9/25/81). It was the perfect atmosphere to experience this one in. These episodes really do bring back fond, childhood memories.... Years later, I read the short story this was based on. For the most part, it was quite faithful, except only one person was staying in the house and the end was much grimmer. But, the radio version wouldn't work as well without both Gordon Gould and Lloyd Battista to interact with each other. This would make a perfect "Night Gallery" episode. Yes, it had the feel of that aformentioned Roddy McDowell tale. Another Great Choice!!! Until next time....................

Anyone remember the Night Gallery episode with Roddy McDowell in which a portrait keeps changing, showing a dead relative rise from the grave and approach his house? That reminded me of this show, specifically the scene in which the judge disappears from the picture. A nicely done, creepy episode; I particularly liked the ending, with the rat leaving the house.

Yes - a good one! I so appreciate this website!

One of my favorites. Truly scary.

Ok...WOW! A really great, creepy episode with some excellent voice acting. I Love CBSRMT!

If this was made into a film by Roger Corman starring Vincent Price, it would be "hauntingly" terrific. Exceptional for THE NIGHT GALLERY as well. This CBSRMT episode starts off slow, but it does build up to a wicked climax. What makes this Bram Stoker story entertaining other than the sound effects of the thunderstorm, the bell, the fire, and the Rat, is the music. It's frighteningly delightful. The music in ACT-1 gives you a chill to the bone. The music in ACT-2 makes your flesh crawl. But the music in ACT-3 (at the 37-minute 28-second mark) will make your BLOOD RUN COLD! Definitely worth listening to in the dark.

I LOOOOVE this episode....the acting was awesome. And I agree with Russell, the sounds effects were great, too. Definitely a great one for Halloween!

My favorite halloween listen!

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