Alynda Wheat
February 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Tales from the Darkside

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B-

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?

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