Tales from the Darkside is a horror anthology television series created by George A. Romero.
The series debuted in 1984 and ran for four seasons.
Tales from the Darkside was actually born of out Romero’s film Creepshow. Following the success of Creepshow, there was interest in making a television series based on the film.
Warner Brothers owned certain aspects of the film, so Laurel Entertainment (the producers of Creepshow) decided to change the name to Tales from the Darkside and pitch the series to Tribune Entertainment who then distributed it.
Tales from the Darkside cast notable actors such as Seth Green, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Stiller, and Lisa Bonet.
Romero wrote many episodes for Tales from the Darkside. Talented writers such as Haskell Barkin, Thomas Epperson, Howard Smith, and Jule Selbo have contributed stories and wrote for the series as well.
Tales from the Darkside was known for its creepy intro, an eerie composition paired with a montage of forest and countryside images.
Here are some disturbing episodes that are sure to haunt your dreams.
In the Cards
(Original air date 01-27-1985)
A tarot card reader who only gives good readings to her clients finds herself stuck with a new deck of cards. One that makes horrible predictions come true.
(Original air date 02-17-1985)
A woman is tormented by a telephone that is constantly ringing in the next room.
The Trouble with Mary Jane
(Original air date 11-24-1985)
A family offers 50,000 dollars to anyone who can rid their daughter of her demonic possession.
(Original air date 12-01-1985)
Parents deal with their little girl and her teddy bear when various pranks, lumbering sounds, and claw marks occur around the house.
(Original air date 09-28-1986)
A journalist investigates a circus that has bizarre monsters on display.
My Ghostwriter- The Vampire
(Original air date 02-01-1987)
A horror writer buys a coffin for inspiration. After discovering a real vampire inside, he makes a deal with him to provide inspiration for his novels.
(Original air date 04-01-1987)
Two witches fight over an ancient amulet.
The Grave Robber
(Original air date 11-01-1987)
Archeologists disturb a tomb in Egypt and awaken a mummy who forces them to compete for their lives.
In 1990 a Tales from the Darkside movie was released. Steven King contributed a short story to the film.
In November 2013 it was announced that plans for a reboot of the original show are in the works.
Darkside as the series is now called, will tell stories of various characters that intertwine. Still a work in progress, Joe Hill is the creative director so it should be in good hands.
American Horror Story may have some real competition on the horizon.
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I’ll have to check this show out. I’ve never watched it but the plot descriptions sound cool!
LOVED THIS SHOW. Tom Savini did most of the FX. My favorite one, I don’t know the name: A female college student is renting a room. In one corner is a small door that’s locked, but seems to open by itself from time to time. One night, she finally pries open the door to find….. JESUS CHRIST that scared the shit out of me!!!!!
The episode is called Inside the Closet, one of the best! When the flashlight hit those eyes and I saw what it was the first time I almost screamed as loud as she did.
I can’t believe this one slipped my mind. There were so many good episodes, I loved this show too. I will do a follow up article in the future and feature it.