2000s Horror Anthology Series With Rock Icon Host In Danger Of Disappearing

By Brian Myers | Updated

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Horror anthologies have been horror fan favorites for generations. Some of the best adaptations of short horror and science fiction tales from genre masters Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, and others have been immortalized into 22-minute segments across multiple shows. But unlike Tales from the Crypt, The Twilight Zone, and Hammer’s House of Horror, you’ll not find the Henry Rollins-hosted anthology series Night Visions on any streaming service.

Night Visions

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Night Visions was an hour long show that aired in the summer of 2001 on the Fox network. The network was plagued with some changes of command at the top, causing the show to be shuffled around mercilessly, even to the point that its pilot episode was delayed twice. Before the series had even aired all 13 of its episodes, the network scrapped it.

The Syfy Channel secured the rights to Night Visions and began airing the reruns the following summer. It was here that the series began to develop a true following, prompting the cable network to air the three episodes that Fox had not. And while it occasionally airs on Chiller and other cable channels today, there has never been a release on physical media and the series is not available to stream or see On Demand anywhere.

Rollins Did A Great Job

Night Visions put punk rock icon and actor Henry Rollins in the role as the series host. Rollins, who had previously served as the front man for Black Flag and Rollins Band, had limited acting experience. But his serious, driven monologues before each horror-filled segment showed the performer’s versatility.

A Mix Of Horror

Night Visions dealt with a combination of urban legends and old horror tropes, transforming them into modern tales of terror. A late-night radio DJ stalked by one of callers, a poltergeist that plagues a woman’s home, the reincarnation of a man mid-funeral, and a haunted car are only part of what awaited viewers each week. The 13 episodes were broken into two segments, giving audiences two separate and unrelated bone-chilling vignettes to digest.

A Lot Of Great Stars

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The series brought on the stars of the day and some from previous film glory. Natasha Lyonne, Bridget Fonda, Lou Diamond Phillips, Aidan Quinn, Bill Pullman, Luke Perry, Jack Palance, Jerry O’Connell and more lent their onscreen talents across 26 different segments. The show’s score, composed by George S. Clinton, complimented each tale perfectly in the style of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Darkside.

Gone Too Soon

In retrospect, the Fox network has received criticism from fans and industry insiders alike for killing the show before allowing it to find an audience. Night Visions certainly had the great writing, the creative subject matter, and the star power to carry it far beyond the 13 episodes that were produced. As its popularity on Syfy showed, it was a series that certainly had the ability to become every bit as successful as any other horror anthology shows, let alone a great vehicle for getting a different segment of viewers to Fox.

But the moves taken by Fox have left many of the Night Visions fans in wonder of what might have been. Adding to the frustration is the show’s extremely limited availability and the risk that it might be on its way to total obscurity.