For any of you who were fortunate enough to watch Saturday morning cartoons in the 80’s, this one’s for you. I haven’t seen this episode of the ABC Weekend Specials since I was about 10 years old. But I never forgot most of these stories. Like many things in the early 80’s (TV shows, commercials, toys, cartoons) I still have fond memories. This particular episode “Red Room Riddle” was especially cool. Two boys are on a dare to enter a supposedly haunted old house. While exploring the grounds, they meet a boy and his menacing dog. They boy invites them to return at night so they can enter the house. Of course the boys return and enter the spooky house. However, this is where things begin to go wrong for them. One thing leads to another and they eventually have to find their way out of …..wait for it….The Red Room! I always thought this story was told very well, and even watching it now, it totally holds my attention. No wonder it appealed to me….haunted houses, mysteries, kids getting into adventures. Totally brings back memories..not that I’ve been in many real haunted houses…at least I don’t think I have. Anyway, enjoy this little treat. It is a 3 part video on youtube so be sure to watch them all.
Footnote: Billy Jayne is the older dark haired boy you might remember from the 80’s movie “Just One Of The Guys”. And the kid with the hat is Christian Hoff, who won a Tony award for his role in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys! Interesting to see where people’s careers take them.