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Tales from the DarksideThe writing was inconsistent, the effects nowhere close to special, and the stories not even all that dark, yet Tales From the DarksideTales from the DarksideSci-fi and Fantasy10/29/1983The writing was inconsistent, the effects nowhere close to special, and the stories not even all that dark, yet Tales From the Darkside2009-02-04
Tales from the Darkside
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Tales from the Darkside

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy; Series Premiere: 10/29/1983; Series Finale: 07/24/1988; Status: In Season

The writing was inconsistent, the effects nowhere close to special, and the stories not even all that dark, yet Tales From the Darkside still possessed its undeniable charms. This endearingly uneven anthology series from zombie aficionado George Romero was at its best when it torqued horror tropes, turning tired setups on their heads (every Tom, Dick, and Faust knows not to sell his soul; turns ?out buying one is risky too). Sure, this set is home to more than a few clunkers — Justine Bateman stars in the? excruciating ”Mookie and Pookie” about a twin trapped in a computer, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar predates Shaq’s Kazaam by appearing as a genie. But you’ll also ?discover hidden treasures like ”A Case of the Stubborns,” featuring Christian Slater as a kid whose grandpa won’t stay dead, and Star Trek’s Brent Spiner as his spooked preacher. The sole extra is Romero’s commentary on the pilot, but with? material this pungent, might as well let it speak for itself. B?