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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.
A longtime favorite among fans of small-screen terror, the first season of the syndicated anthology series Tales from the Darkside (1983-1988) finally arrives on DVD to bring a new generation of viewers into its murky domain. The brainchild of producing partners George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and Richard Rubinstein (Dawn of the Dead '78 and '04), Darkside's stories hewed closer to such straight-ahead fright fare as Night Gallery than the speculative fiction of The Twilight Zone or Amazing Stories (Darkside's chief competitor for viewers in its early season). Episodes revolved around deals with the Devil ("I'll Give You a Million," "Pain Killer"), paranormal phenomena and black magic ("Levitation," "Snip, Snip"), the unquiet dead (Robert Bloch's "A Case of the Stubborns," starring a young Christian Slater) and monsters both human ("The Anniversary") and otherwise ("In the Closet," directed by effects legend Tom Savini). Budgetary restraints blunted some of the show's special effects, and while those haven't improved with time, the best of the first-season episodes--"Closet," "Stubborns," and the Romero-penned pilot "Trick or Treat"--still retain the power to raise hairs in their brief running time. Other technical aspects remain solid, with scripts written by or based on stories by Stephen King, Harlan Ellison and Michael McDowell and stars like Danny Aiello, Victor Garber and Justine Bateman. The entire first season is compiled edit-free on the three-disc set; Romero's commentary on "Trick or Treat" covers the show's conception and his influences. --Paul Gaita
Vintage nostalgia, any horror collector will agree. Well worth the money.Published 4 months ago by Nicholas Keeler
Use to watch it on every Friday night when it was on tv. Love the show!!!Published 9 months ago by shirley CS
I loved watching Tales From the Darkside when I was little. Hearing the intro used to creep me out. Some of the episodes seem a little bit dated, but that's the way things were... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bastion Blare
This is not as good as I have expected, I am referring to the stories themselves comparing with "Tales from the Crypt". Quality is good though.Published 21 months ago by Christine
great season! i luv it!! i haven't watched it all the way through but so far i love it! will buy the second season!Published on August 31, 2013 by calforniastormkitty
4 stars for the series, 0 stars for the butcher job.
I ordered 2-3 of each season before I received ANY that were not broken in some way due to the cheap packaging. Read more
I bought this movie for my husband a while ago. He liked watching it on tv and went it went off the air he was not happy.Published on January 5, 2013 by Theresa Drexler
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I like the case. It is space saving and the cover art is creepy. The cost savings on the case, soundtrack, and keeping the grainy original look all helped make this dvd a reality. Paramount knows this show is a cult classic and that they will not sell a great amount of units so they had to skimp... Read More
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the ray bradbury theater. it's on dvd for $15. all 65 episodes.
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