failed sci fi/horror/fantasy tv pilots.

by horrorfan000 | created - 06 Sep 2015 | updated - 19 Jan 2019 | Public

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1. In the Fold (1996 TV Movie)

Unrated | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A crew of freshly graduated space navy cadets find themselves fighting with opponents from breakaway Earth colonies after their commanding officers are killed in an attack.

Director: Jim Johnston | Stars: Jay Underwood, Jennifer Bransford, Chris Conrad, Tembi Locke

Votes: 488

On region 2 DVD under the title Star command.

2. The Clone Master (1978 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Sci-Fi

In order to test the validity of his experiments on cloning, a scientist makes clones of himself, but it causes problems that he didn't foresee.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Art Hindle, Robyn Douglass, John Van Dreelen, Ed Lauter

Votes: 104

3. Badlands 2005 (1988 TV Movie)

48 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In this unsold post-apocalyptic TV pilot, a U.S. marshal and his by-the-book cyborg partner are tasked to escort two mail order brides to a remote desert area where their husbands work, but a local bandit leader has other plans for them.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Lewis Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Sharon Stone, Caitlin O'Heaney

Votes: 29

4. Condor (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Unsold TV pilot about a hardboiled special police agent prejudiced towards robots and his beautiful new female android partner hunting his nemesis, an escaped female terrorist known as Black Widow, in the noir future of 1999.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Ray Wise, Wendy Kilbourne, Vic Polizos, James Avery

Votes: 125

On Amazon instant video.

5. The Steel Collar Man (1985 TV Movie)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

An android soldier and its creator are on the run from the government (which it was created for and wants to destroy it), and find help from a truck driver with whom they help people.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Charles Rocket, Dorian Lopinto, Hoyt Axton, Chuck Connors

Votes: 15

6. J.O.E. and the Colonel (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Action

Scientists create "the perfect soldier" in a lab experiment by recombining his molecules. He is then sent out on dangerous but vital missions.

Director: Ron Satlof | Stars: Terence Knox, Gary Kasper, Aimee Eccles, William Lucking

Votes: 71

On Vhs.

7. Doctor Franken (1980 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Manhattan surgeon Franken rebuilds the broken body of a John Doe patient with spare parts.

Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Robert Vaughn, Robert Perault, David Selby, Teri Garr

Votes: 46

8. The Curse of Dracula (1979)

20 min | Horror, Thriller

Count Dracula is alive and well and teaching college in 1979 under false identity. However, someone is still trying to stop his evil plans. Originally aired as part of NBC's Cliffhangers TV series which featured three revolving serials.

Stars: Michael Nouri, Carol Baxter, Stephen Johnson, Bever-Leigh Banfield

Votes: 101

9. Earthbound (1981)

PG | 99 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Comedy

A family of space aliens crash lands on Earth when their spaceship conks out.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Burl Ives, Christopher Connelly, Meredith MacRae, Joseph Campanella

Votes: 154

11. Escape (1971 TV Movie)

73 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A scientist's experiment could lead to the first man-made, functioning, living organism. An elite escape artist-private investigator is working to stop him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Christopher George, William Windom, Marlyn Mason, Avery Schreiber

Votes: 67

12. Exo-Man (1977 TV Movie)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A professor, who has been paralyzed in an attack by mob hitmen, builds a suit that enables him to walk and fight crime.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: David Ackroyd, Anne Schedeen, A Martinez, José Ferrer

Votes: 129

Poor mans Iron man.

13. The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972 TV Movie)

75 min | Thriller

A young man inherits the ability to see visions beyond the grave. He helps a girl investigate her brother's alleged murder.

Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: Peter Haskell, Joan Bennett, Barbara Rush, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 128


14. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 761


15. Planet Earth (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

A man awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the 22nd century, where he finds that women rule the world and that men are slaves called Dinks. He is captured and sold as a ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: John Saxon, Janet Margolin, Ted Cassidy, Christopher Cary

Votes: 616


16. Strange New World (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Sci-Fi

In the near future, a group of scientists living in a space ship wake up from a hibernation state and come back to an apocalyptic Earth.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: John Saxon, Kathleen Miller, Keene Curtis, James Olson

Votes: 275


17. Good Against Evil (1977 TV Movie)

84 min | Horror

A writer, Andy Stuart, teams up with an exorcist, Father Kemschler, to battle Satan, and a group of Devil worshipers led by Mr. Rimmin.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dack Rambo, Elyssa Davalos, Richard Lynch, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 458

On amazon instant video.

18. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: I-Man (1986)

Unrated | 96 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

When a man is exposed to an alien gas, he acquires the ability to heal instantly and survive any injury or toxin.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Scott Bakula, Ellen Bry, Joey Cramer, John Bloom

Votes: 266

On region 2 DVD

19. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Infiltrator (1987)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A scientist's experiment conveys him to another lab where his body is fused with a mechanism that can't be easily extracted---its co-creator is holding the device's plans for ransom.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Scott Bakula, Debrah Farentino, Charles Keating, Michael Bell

Votes: 25

20. The Man with the Power (1977 TV Movie)

93 min | Sci-Fi

A man whose father was an alien from another planet inherits his father's supernatural powers. He is assigned to guard a beautiful Indian princess who is on a state visit to America.

Director: Nicholas Sgarro | Stars: Bob Neill, Tim O'Connor, Vic Morrow, Persis Khambatta

Votes: 51

21. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Microcops (1989)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two intergalactic 'Microcops' chase a cosmic crook named Cloyd to Earth, where their size becomes cellular.

Director: David Jackson | Stars: William Bumiller, Shanti Owen, Page Mosely, Peter Scolari

22. Mysterious Two (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two aliens visit the Earth in an effort to enlist converts to travel the universe with them.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: John Forsythe, Priscilla Pointer, Noah Beery Jr., Vic Tayback

Votes: 99


23. Night Visions (1990 TV Movie)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller

A cop teams up with a psychic to track down a serial killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: James Remar, Loryn Locklin, Penny Johnson Jerald, Francis X. McCarthy

Votes: 319

24. Northstar (1986 TV Movie)

90 min | Sci-Fi

An astronaut's ship passes through a strange magnetic field on its way back to Earth, and when he emerges from it after landing, he finds he has acquired superhuman powers and a super-genius IQ.

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Greg Evigan, Deborah Wakeham, Mitchell Ryan, Mason Adams

Votes: 151

25. Out of Time (1988 TV Movie)

PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A cop from the future goes back in time to Los Angeles and teams up with his grandfather to capture a master criminal.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Bruce Abbott, Bill Maher, Rebecca Schaeffer, Kristian Alfonso

Votes: 152

26. The People (1972 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she ... See full summary »

Director: John Korty | Stars: Kim Darby, William Shatner, Diane Varsi, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 408

27. The Possessed (1977 TV Movie)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror

A former priest, now an exorcist, battles the Satanic forces that are threatening the students at a girls school.

Director: Jerry Thorpe | Stars: James Farentino, Harrison Ford, Claudette Nevins, Eugene Roche

Votes: 439


28. The Power Within (1979 TV Movie)

74 min | Fantasy

A daredevil pilot becomes a human dynamo after being struck by lighting and is then pursued by enemy agents determined to find out the secret of his superhuman strength.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Art Hindle, Edward Binns, Joseph Rassulo, Eric Braeden

Votes: 30

29. The Questor Tapes (1974 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik, who developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he has disappeared and half of the programming tape was erased in... See full summary »

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell, John Vernon, Lew Ayres

Votes: 634


30. Mockingbird Lane (2012 TV Special)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Grandpa Sam Dracula is essentially Dracula who assembled Herman because no man was good enough for his daughter Lily, a sexy vampiress. Lily's niece Marilyn the freak is actually normal and... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi, Charity Wakefield, Mason Cook

Votes: 3,841

31. The Stranger (1973 TV Movie)

100 min | Sci-Fi

After a freak mishap, an astronaut finds himself on an almost precise copy of Earth (right down to the Plymouth cars). However, this planet has three moons, and is run by an Orwellian ... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Cameron Mitchell, Sharon Acker, Lew Ayres

Votes: 478

32. Time Travelers (1976 TV Movie)

78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

During an outbreak of a contagious disease in 1976, two scientists are sent back in time to 1871, when a Chicago doctor apparently had the cure for it.

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Sam Groom, Tom Hallick, Francine York, Booth Colman

Votes: 385

33. The Ultimate Impostor (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Action

A secret agent is trained by having his brain linked up to a computer. He is then sent on a mission to rescue a Russian sub commander. The Russian is a defector who has important secrets ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Joseph Hacker, Keith Andes, Macon McCalman, Erin Gray

Votes: 27

34. Vampire (1979 TV Movie)

88 min | Horror

Vampire Anton Voytek's lair is disturbed by the ground breaking for a new church. Anton attempts to start a modern life using his hoarded wealth, but finds it's been confiscated by the ... See full summary »

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Jason Miller, Richard Lynch, E.G. Marshall, Kathryn Harrold

Votes: 303

35. Wishman (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Wishman is a genetic experiment condemned to spend its life in the lab. Two employees decide it deserves freedom, so they escape with it.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Mark Dodson, Margarita Farrell, Robin Gammell

Votes: 18

36. The World of Darkness (1977 TV Movie)

60 min | Thriller

After a near-death experience from a vehicle accident, a sportswriter finds that people in the afterlife are able to contact him and cryptically suggest that he help someone they know.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Granville Van Dusen, Beatrice Straight, Tovah Feldshuh, Gary Merrill

Votes: 10

37. The World Beyond (1978 TV Movie)

60 min | Horror, Thriller

A golem made of mud terrorizes a couple on a remote Maine island.

Director: Noel Black | Stars: Granville Van Dusen, JoBeth Williams, Barnard Hughes, Richard Fitzpatrick

Votes: 139

38. America 2100 (1979 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Two everyday schlubs are inadvertently frozen for 120 years, awakening to a wacky future run by a robot named MAX.

Director: Joel Zwick | Stars: Sid Caesar, Jon Cutler, Mark King, Karen Valentine

39. Poor Devil (1973 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A young down on his luck resident of Hell (Sammy Davis, Jr.) is given a chance to redeem himself by signing up a down on his luck retail accountant to sell his soul to Lucifer.

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Christopher Lee, Jack Klugman, Adam West

Votes: 126

40. K-9000 (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Sci-Fi

A policeman and a female scientist team up to recover her latest creation, a cybernetic, crime-fighting dog.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: Chris Mulkey, Catherine Oxenberg, Dennis Haysbert, Dana Gladstone

Votes: 348


41. Poochinski (1990 TV Short)

21 min | Short, Comedy

The talking bulldog at a policeman's feet turns out to be his late partner.

Director: Will Mackenzie | Stars: George Newbern, Amy Yasbeck, Frank McRae, Courtney Barilla

Votes: 76

42. Bates Motel (1987 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.

Director: Richard Rothstein | Stars: Bud Cort, Lori Petty, Moses Gunn, Gregg Henry

Votes: 1,110


43. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Romance, Sci-Fi

An alien lands on Earth and decides that he needs to take a job in order to raise money to build a spaceship so he can get back to his home planet.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Lewis Smith, James Laurenson, Robert Picardo, Bruce McGill

Votes: 297

44. Topper (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A recently deceased couple try, any way they can, to get into heaven rather than wander the Earth as invisible souls with no purpose.

Director: Charles S. Dubin | Stars: Kate Jackson, Andrew Stevens, Jack Warden, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 128

45. Fear No Evil (1969 TV Movie)

Unrated | 98 min | Horror, Thriller