Night Gallery takes another classic scarry tale from the master, H.P Lovecraft and does it to perfection. The story is about a woman who loves the work of a very strange artist who paints ghouls and monsters.
I am an H.P Lovecraft fan and found the episode done by Rod Serling to be a pretty good version of the story. Certainly, the actual story is scarier and better, but Night Gallery did thier best and it does work. This episode actually won an Emmy for best visual effects and when you see this episode, you will know why. I do kind of wished Night Gallery would of followed the original more, but using a woman instead of a man in thier version is fine. If you are a big H.P Lovecraft fan and expect this to follow the story to a tee, you will be disappointed....throughout, but if you watch this version as it is, it still gets the job done. When I actually read the story, Pickman's Model I pictured the monster exactly like what Night Gallery did, so they did a wonderful rendering of the monster and the scene when you actually do see the monster is priceless. Expect a big shock when it comes. Well worth viewing and even if you are an H.P Lovecraft super fan, you will still enjoy this version on its own merits.
The stories of H.P. Lovecraft do not immediately lend themselves to adaptation, and this version of one of his most famous needs to add an elaborate narrative superstructure to his central idea, that the horrid ghoul was "painted from life". However, the episode makes a neat job of it, and resembles one of Roger Corman's movies from a decade earlier. Alas, the appearance of the monster is an inevitable let-down; Robert Prohaska, who donned many an outlandish suit when impersonating extra-terrestrials on "The Outer Limits", hops around waving a furry tail and making (red) eyes at the chaste heroine, and it's all very silly. The power of suggestion would have served the tale much better.
Pickmans Model is one of my all time favorite episodes of the timeless classic that is the Night Gallery. It is about a mysterious artist that paints gruesome creatures in his paintings and a girl who is like his biggest fan. But are the creatures in his paintings just a fragment of his imagination are a very real part of his life.
This is truly one of the best episodes that there ever was and a rather frightful one also. Based on another one of H.P. Lovecraft's magnificent short stories, Pickman's Model is definitely Night Gallery at it's very best.
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