Nightfall


(4.7 stars; 69 reviews)

Nightfall is the title of a radio drama series produced and aired by CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. One episode was even adapted from a folk song by Stan Rogers. Some of Nightfall's episodes were so terrifying that the CBC registered numerous complaints and some affiliate stations dropped it. Despite this, the series went on to become one of the most popular shows in CBC Radio history, running 100 episodes that featured a mix of original tales and adaptations of both classic and obscure short stories. (Summary from Wikipedia)

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

Chapters

Nightfall-Buried Alive 29:18
Nightfall-In The Name Of The Father 29:14
Love and the Lonely One 25:22
Welcome to Homerville 28:27
Hands Off 26:47
The Telltale Heart 29:37
Late Special 26:22
Future Fear 25:22
The Body Snatchers 26:21
Willoughby Obsession 27:57
Wind Chill 28:27
The Repossession 30:49
The Stone Ship 25:19
Special Services 21:30
Buried Alive 24:42
Last Visit 26:39
Ringing the Changes 28:03
The Devil's Backbone 31:00
Deadly Developments 29:02
Dreamy 31:33
Guest of Honor 29:27
A Shortwave Goodbye 28:56
Welcome to Homerville 28:40
Late Special 28:59
The Monkey's Paw 28:49
Wildcats 29:34
The Room 28:20
Wind Chill 29:40
Angel's Kiss 31:00
Book of Hell 28:49
Mkara 31:00
The Repossession 23:51
The Fatal Eggs 26:58
Breaking Point 29:59
Future Fear 29:27
All Nighter 29:52
Carmilla 29:53
In the Eye of the Beholder 29:51
Cemetery Stop 23:51
In the Name of the Father 31:00
Baby Doll 27:44
Appetite of Mr Lucraft 32:51
Reunion at the Victory Cafe 31:00
Gerald 29:27
Mindrift 31:00
Teddy 31:00
Child's Play 27:32
The Thinking Room 26:26
The Porch Light 25:29
Volcano 29:32
The Monkey's Raincoat 29:02
The Old Post Road 25:23
The Debt 28:58
Harris and the Mare 25:52
The Jogger 26:14
The Screaming Skull 28:21
Mr Agostino 29:55
The Maid's Bell 26:03
A Glimpse of Eternity 31:00
Beyond the Law 29:43
Reverse Image 31:00
Tige O'Kane and the Corpse 25:49
They Bite 26:24
Wildcats 29:09
Angel's Kiss 27:29
The Book of Hell 27:59
The Thinking Room 26:29
Footsteps 30:06
Lifeline 30:05
The Tie That Binds 28:50
The Dentist 27:33
Assassin Game 28:18
Lazarus Rising 28:00
Young Goodman Brown 31:00
But, Oh! What Happened To Hutchings 31:00
Daddy's Girl 29:52
Cruel Husband 30:00
The Signalman 29:59
Weather Station Four 28:24
Brides of Olivera 27:35
The Contract 28:25
Beauty's Beast 26:39
Angel of Death 27:16
Semi-Detached 31:00
Glaze of Perfect Beauty 27:39
No Quarter 28:59
The Undertaker 31:00
Private Collection 28:57
The Hit 29:11
Walter's Dog 29:12
The Wedding 31:00
Hypnotized 29:55
After Sunset 27:12
The Chrysalids Part 1 30:14
The Chrysalids Part 2 31:00
The Chrysalids Part 3 29:52

Reviews

You need to listen!


(5 stars)

An experience everyone should have, otr is forever the best form of horror and sci-fi, and you will never regret lending an ear. Thank you, northern neighbors. Didn't know you had it in you! Bryan Adams, Alannis, Rush, BTO, and Lights Out. Man! Just take back Samantha Bee and we will call it good.

Captain Cool is right


(5 stars)

Wow, Canada rocks the radio, but yes, take back Colbert and Samantha Bee n all is forgiven.

Oh so gooooood!


(5 stars)

Give me stormy nights and Nightfall!

Nothing Else Like It


(5 stars)

Everything that a prior reviewer mentions as a criticism I think makes this show truly one of a kind: Lack of corny gothic style, imagery and setting. There are 1000 good episodes from Lights Out, Inner Sanctum and a bunch of others with that already. It can be good, but didn't need to be revisited in 1981. This show generates a new atmosphere for every episode, sporadically, unevenly and, again, that is a strength not a weakness. Yin-Yang going on here, since I am the complete opposite on the contemporary plays and those based on earlier fiction. I don't like the Poe-Hardy-Stevenson remakes. I like the stuff from the Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal playwrights most. The blunt, 'tacky' aspect is a great strength of many of these episodes: Listen to video-games-are-evil episode No Quarter and hear Paul Weaver correct Vicky Weaver when she says: "Maybe I should come get you so you're not wasting your cab fare on Dinkey King". Paul Weaver corrects: "DONkey KONG". Painfully tacky and corny...awesome! But, not every episode stands out because it is 'so bad it's good', like No Quarter. The Road Ends at the Sea is the best radio show episode I have ever heard. It has made me think deeply about life and death like perhaps only a Keats ode such as Ode to a Nightingale might evoke (which, incidentally, is quoted in The Undertaker) and has a perfect combo of spacey seashore ambiance, airy synthesizers and a powerful dialog. SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT. When Skully describes the approaching boat and the black barge, there is something about the way he does it that I cannot get over. Huge praise to Tim Wynne-Jones for writing this moving episode and for all the actors who made it happen. Other epidoes worth listening to again and again: i. Beyond the Law: "Melodramatic Crime" (whatever that is!) as it's described by the host. Cool Coltrane-like sax interludes, which clash with the story a bit, but like the result of someone boldly experimenting as opposed to just being bad. ii. No Quarter: Mentioned. One of the so-bad-it's-good episodes iii. Special Services: Think Coma, Altered States and a bunch of other 1970s medical thriller mysteries distilled into the early 1980s and a dose of overacting thrown in for good measure iv. The Dentist: Another medical mystery. Interesting and re-listenable over and over v. Deadly Developments: Another favorite. Sounds so contemporary, not trying to be 'gothic' or whatever. Sounds like people working/hanging at somewhere like Sam Ash music shop thrust into strange circumstances. This is almost a predecessor to The Ring, though it had antecedents in sub-plot elements of The Omen and elsewhere vi. The Repossession: Pretty intense Hope I've praised this show enough cause I am not sure I have. If not, add some more praise to the above.

Wrong Titles to Some Shows, etc.


(3 stars)

"Nightfall_CBC_81-02-20_34_The_Monkeys_Paw.mp3" is actually "The Book of Hell". A later "Book of Hell" on the list is titled correctly. "Nightfall_CBC_81-03-13_37_Wind_Chill" is actually called "Breaking Point". A later "Breaking Point" is titled correctly. "Nightfall_CBC_81-04-10_41_Repossession" is actually called "Cemetery Stuff". EDIT: It is "Stop" and not "Stuff", as OTRJunkie points out -- I was going by what I thought I'd heard the announcer say. These are pretty good shows, with some good writing and excellent acting. While I haven't heard the whole list yet, I'm willing to go out on a limb and say that at least 2/3 of the one I have listened to are worthy of a 2nd listen.

These are ACTUALLY scary!


(5 stars)

Once you get past the terrible synth music interludes, these stories are actually quite wonderfully disturbing. Necrophilia, murder, despair, desperation, severed hands, monstrous deeds, corruption, evil, madness... everything that makes a good horror story. The problem is getting there, this is a terrible site to find anything. BUT if you can find Nightfall, I can not recommend it highly enough. Who knew the CBC could actually be scary? I never heard these as a kid, too bad, it would have been vastly better than being forced to watch The Beachcombers. (Canadians will understand) :)

I Love This - Thank You!


(5 stars)

I was in love with CBS Mystery Theater as a kid, but I didn't know that Nightfall was around at roughly that time as well. Not that it really mattered at the time as it wasn't broadcast in the U.S. at least in my area. And of course, there was no such thing as the internet. It is so wonderful to be able to listen to these now. Thank you for taking the time to upload these to Archive.org for others to enjoy!

some of the best....


(5 stars)

nightfall is definitely my second-favorite all time radio series, second only to the staggering "vanishing point" (highly, HIGHLY reccomended, and on this site). and as another reviewer noted, get past the corniness and you have some seriously bizarre, dark stories. my favorite is "the all nighter", about a woman who keeps finding blood and human flesh in the the washers and driers of the all night laundromat she works at. like, what the hell? thanks for keeping these available.