12. Amazing Stories
Air Dates: September 29, 1985 - April 10, 1987
Best Episode: "Mummy, Daddy" (October 27, 1985)
Television anthologies don't get much more credible than Amazing Stories. Created by Steven Spielberg, the two-season NBC series featured episodes directed by, in no order of particular importance, Martin Scorsese, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, and Spielberg himself. Being that Spielberg's intention was to work horror into the program's fantasy and science fiction, he also recruited proven horror directors like Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Joe Dante (Gremlins), and Bob Clark (Black Christmas).
For horror and sci-fi die-hards, there's nothing better than having a prestigious filmmaker dabble in their beloved off-the-beaten-path genres; Amazing Stories is arguably the pinnacle of that. Scorsese's contribution in particular, “Mirror, Mirror”, wholeheartedly dives into terror, focusing on a horror novelist who's stalked by a disfigured specter. And then there's the, for lack of a better word, amazing “Mummy, Daddy”, director William Dear's (Harry And The Hendersons…seriously) touching romp about an actor playing a mummy who gets mistaken for an actual wrapped-up Egyptian zombie.