Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 32

Pickman's Model

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1971 on NBC

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  • Who - or what - is the model for a particularly frightening and loathsome ghoul in a painting by Pickman, the artist who so mysteriously disappeared?

    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.