B&W/Color, 1966-1982, 1485 mins.
Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Severin Films (Blu-ray) (US R0 SD), Vellavisión (DVD) (Spain R2 PAL)

Inspired by the success of 1960s horror Tales To Keep You Awakeand sci-fi anthology series like Alfred Hitchcock Tales To Keep You AwakePresents, The Outer Limits, and Thriller, young Spanish filmmaker Narciso Ibáñez Serrador embarked on a quest to host, direct, and largely write the episodes for a homegrown series in the same vein. The result was Historias para no dormir (Tales To Keep You Awake), which started airing in 1966 and ran for two years with a 1974 special and a 1982 miniseries bringing it back for new generations. Serrador managed to scare the pants off of audiences on a far larger scale with two feature films that ended up being distributed in the U.S. by AIP, The House That Screamed and Who Can Kill a Child?, and the format was revived for an excellent 2006 series of films, Películas para no dormir (released in the U.S. as 6 Films To Keep You Awake), and a 2021 Spanish revival paying tribute to Serrador after his death in 2019.

Disc two features the remainder of the series, namely season two, a TV special, and the belated four-part season three from 1982. Here's what you get:

Disc two also houses the video extras for the start starting with "Tales From The Spanish Twilight Zone: The Chicho Ibáñez Serrador Story" (29m55s), with Dr. Alex Mendibil providing a great overview of the filmmaker's rise through the world of Spanish TV and his importance to the local horror genre, including glimpses of a few other connected TV episodes that would be great to see someday. Ported over from the series' 2005 Spanish DVD release (which wasn't English friendly) are six intros by Serrador looking back at select episodes (covering two or three at a time), plus a press conference for "El televisor" (6m45s) talking about the episode's significance and potentially transgressive nature at the time. Image-wise, the series was almost entirely shot on videotape (the color ones were 16mm) and thus is presented here from the surviving SD masters at 30 fps (not upscaled) with optional yellow English subtitles. Some age-related anomalies pop up now and then including some fleeting tape damage, which has always been the case with this show. The Dolby Digital Spanish mono audio is also fine and limited by the nature of the source, and the music is enormously effective, mostly composed by regular Serrador composer Waldo de los Ríos with some clear musical ideas that would turn up in their later big screen work together.

Reviewed on October 25, 2022.