Tales from the Darkside

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (40)

  • Doc Snodgrass: This is a legal document. It'll stand up in any court of law.
    Grandpa Tolliver: So will I, dang it!

  • Elinor: It's so nice having the children for dinner.

  • Joan: How do you strangle yourself to death? I guess there‚Äôs no accounting for English girls.

  • Mars Gillis: If I am responsible for this deed, let me be cursed. But if someone else is responsible, let them be cursed.

  • Miss Gillis: All the evil he took out of the world with him is in that gold. Doug: That's my wife's wedding ring, there must be a mistake. Miss Gillis: I don't think so, that ring was found in his pocket when he died. (Doug picks up the ring) Don't touch it! Can't you see that ring is contaminated with evil?

  • Miss Gillis: Mars Gillis, you're too good for your own good.

  • Mr. Killup: It's too late to be out trick-or-treating. Go home. Tell your mother I said you were a wicked child.

  • Mr. Killup: Candy? Halloween candy? I have candy. Goblin candy!

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Notes (24)

  • This episode is based on the short story "The New Man" by Barbara Owens. It was first published in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine (March, 1982).

  • This episode is based on the Michael Kube-McDowell short story "Slippage" first published in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine (August, 1982)

  • The musical cue that plays when Gail places the rat trap in the closet is used in the movie Night Of The Living Dead. It is from when Ben kills a zombie with the rifle for the first time. There are two other links to Night Of The Living Dead via its remake. Tom Savini, episode director, also directed the remake of the original film. Patricia Tallman, who performed stunts in this episode, was one of the remake's stars.

  • The closet monster was named "Lizzie" by Tom Savini, and there was an actual Lizzie monster doll on sale on Ebay a few years ago.

  • Fritz Weaver, who plays Dr. Fenner in the episode, also starred in an episode from the motion picture Creepshow, which the Tales From The Darkside series was based on. The episode, entitled "The Crate", concerns two college professors who discover a monstrous creature housed in a large crate underneath the campus basement staircase. Coincidently, Tales... utilizes much of the same music employed in Creepshow. Fritz would go on to star in a second Tales... episode entitled "Comet Watch" and is also an alumni of two Twilight Zone episodes, "Third From The Sun" and "The Obsolete Man".

  • Available on volume 1 on VHS.

  • This episode is based on the short story "The Word Processor of the Gods" by Stephen King. The story was first published in Playboy (January, 1983).

  • Stephen King alsowrote another episoe of Tales from the Darkside entitled "Sorry, Right Number". His contributions to the series are very similar to Ray Bradbury's contributions to The Twilight Zone. Both writers were the premier horror and sci-fi authors (respectively) of their day, yet their contribution to these shows was insignificant at best. While both episodes written by King for Tales from the Darkside are moderately interesting and Bradbury's lone Twilight Zone episode entitled "I Sing The Body Electric" showed his range, neither writer's contributions were even close to the best episodes that each respective show had to offer.

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Trivia (3)

  • When the goblin shows himself for the first time, he's wagging his tail. You can see the device under the actor's costume that makes the fake tail wag.

  • In the beginning of the episode, right when the real estate agent says "I'm sure you'll be very happy here, Mrs. McCall," you can see the shadow of the boom mic in the upper left hand corner.

  • This story was written by Stephen King

Allusions (1)

  • Timmy: Make my day.
    Referencing police detective Harold Francis "Dirty Harry" Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood in five movies from 1971 to 1988. The character is a cop who refuses to play by the rules, constantly challenges his superiors, disregards orders, and ultimately believes in justice rather than the letter of the law. "Make my day" was the character's signature line in the 1983 Sudden Impact.