Tales from the Darkside

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(ended 1988)

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Tales from the Darkside

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"Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But... there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a Darkside." This 30-minute horror/fantasy anthology series follows in the vein of The Twilight Zone. Each week presents another standalone story of horror fantasy, and/or science fiction. Some episodes are gruesome, a few are of a lighter comedic style. Like many such shows, Tales... adapted the work of famous genre authors of the period such as Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. Many episodes also featured veteran actors of the 40's and 50's that saw very little work in their later years. "The Darkside is always there waiting for us to enter; waiting to enter us. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight."

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Best 80s show ever

    10
    I just got the complete collection I love this show so the episodes are and good
  • Sweet show to catch late at night as a kid

    10
    This show still rocks, i could watch half hour horror episodes forever. This is just as good as tales from the crypt and twilight zone has it's own vibe. Cant get enough of em, hope someone makes more along these lines in the future. Awesome Show
  • Creepy opening and a good show.

    7.5
    Tales from the Dark Side does not compare to Tales from the Crypt, Alfred Hitchcock Presents,and The Twilight Zone. With all of this said this show is still good, I feel that this show has some good and some bad. When it comes to good the episodes are great , but when bad they are pretty cheesy and mediocre. But this show is good and is most definitely worth a look, one thing that you may not know is this show is actually based off the film Creep Show, one thing even stranger is that Creep Show was inspired by the EC horror comics. Which consisted as Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, The Haunt of Fear, Crime Suspen Stories, and Shock Suspen Stories. In which would mean that this show was inspired by Tales from the Crypt. As said before a good show worth a shot. But needs much improvement.moreless
  • Tales from the Darkside was a post Twilight Zone/Night Gallery anthology series that delved more towards the side of horror. Even though it was a syndicated series, it had enough good to great episodes to make a lasting impression on the horror landscape.moreless

    9.5
    Tales from the Darkside was a tremendous horror anthology series. Where the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits went towards the sci-fi genre, and Night Gallery was geared more towards suspense, this show was a pioneer in the horror genre. Episodes from George Romero, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, and Clive Barker, just to name a few, contributed stories to the series. Episodes ranged from selling souls, old trickers getting their due on Halloween, Santa's evil neighbor from the North Pole making his way down south, a family trying to convince Grandpa that he did really die, and things coming out of the closet (keep it locked!). Several episodes were on the lighter side, but by and large this was a show that swung for the fences trying to scare you to death. The staying power of the show is on full show, either by watching the repeats of an '80s show on the Sci Fi Channel, or watching the show on DVD, as the first season has just been released. Overall, this was a trailblazing show, taking a risk on a genre that really hadn't been tapped on television at that point. I believe that it made it's mark, and a lasting, favorable one at that.moreless
  • Writer can't sell work, can't get paid. Responds to radio ad by an agent who keeps screaming things like "you don't even need talent!" And you don't; you just need to follow a few simple instructions. And never stop, or else . . .moreless

    7.0
    I happened upon this the other night when I couldn't sleep. I remember the series from back in the day, but had never seen this particular episode. The thing I wanted to point out is that they are totally poking fun at L. Ron Hubbard. The agent looks like Hubbard (sorry GameraTrekkie, not Hitchcock) and there's a part where the agent pulls out this box that looks suspiciously like an e-meter, that classic Scientology tool. And what does it measure? How much money the client is going to make for them, natch!



    Otherwise, the story is fairly predictable. But dig those crazy 80s getups on the assistant, they were trying very hard to make her look edgy and the effect is fairly hilarious.moreless
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  • IT'S FEBRUARY, AND ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR, SO CURL UP WITH SOMEONE SPECIAL TO WATCH THE STEAMY "MELROSE PLACE: THE FIFTH SEASON, VOLUME ONE" OR THE CHARMING " WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE VOLUME TWO: SUPERNATURALLY STYLIN' ". IF THE IDEA OF TEDDY BEARS AND PINK HEARTS MAKES YOU WANT TO RUN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, ENJOY "FRIDAY THE 13TH THE SERIES: THE SECOND SEASON" OR "TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE FIRST SEASON". WHATEVER YOUR PLEASURE, THERE'S SOMETHING SURE TO PLEASE IN THIS MONTHS NEW DVD RELEASES.

    February 10th, 2009 DVD Releases

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