Tales from the Darkside

Season 1 Episode 10

A Case of the Stubborns

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 02, 1984 on

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  • A stubborn old man continues on with his life, refusing to acknowledge mounting evidence that he has died.

    One of the best Tales From The Darkside episodes, "A Case of the Stubborns" is a masterpiece of dark comedy. Eddie Bracken, who viewers may barely recognize as Roy Wally from National Lampoon's Vacation, is so heavily madeup that he resembles Grandpa Munster. Yet while the makeup lends comic relief, it is Bracken's hilarious performance that steals the show. Bracken's grandfather wants so badly to stay alive that he continues with his daily routine as if nothing has changed. This proves to be quite unpleasant for his daughter and grandson, who now must share their home with a rotting corpse. A young Christian Slater plays the grandson who is determined to figure out a way to convince grandpa that he is no longer among the living. A visit from the local preacher delivers more laughs, courtesy of a delightful performance by Brent Spiner.
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