October 25 in Sci-Fi History: Geraldo Tries to Take Satanism Mainstream

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Mar 26, 2021, 12:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Yes, this photo is from later that year, when he had his face smashed in an on-screen brawl. But, team … remember when, this day in 1988, Geraldo Rivera tried to whip America into a frenzy about Satanism with the premiere of Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground?

No? Here:

Geraldo insists that this isn't a Halloween special. On October 25. You can tell because of the jazzy music, his smug satisfied face, and exorcisms. Here's where he introduces everyone to Zeena La Vey and Dr. Michael Aquino, from the Temple of Set. And then shows some voodoo exorcisms.

Here's where Geraldo apologizes for how graphic this all can be. And then toward the end, he tries to goad a surprisingly reasonable Ozzy Osbourne into claiming he's a Satanist. It doesn't work.

All in all, the special did help to convince some parents that their children were Satanists, but mainly the show is an example of … well, how hard it is to watch Geraldo.

It was also on this day in 1978 that John Carpenter's Halloween premiered.

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, the movie was made for about $300,000 and brought in ... well, a lot more than that. So naturally there have been sequels. Seven of them. And then a remake in 2007. And a sequel to the remake in 2009.

Also, there's gonna be another one in 2018. Starring … yes, Jamie Lee Curtis.

Tomorrow: The Terminator and Gattaca.