For our very first “12 Slays of Christmas” review I thought I would look into a Christmas episode of the anthology series “Tales from the Darkside.” I found the episode Seasons of Belief and boy is this a fun and atmospheric one.
Seasons of Belief concerns a father on Christmas Eve who ends his two children’s boredom by telling them a scary story about a fearsome Christmas Eve beast known as the Grither. This creature searches and attacks all those who dare say his name out loud.
What works so well for this seasonal episode is that not only is it ripe with cheery Christmas atmosphere but the tone is both fun and creepy. It’s fun because both the parents really get into scaring the shit out of their kids with the story and its creepy because there’s little moments that make you wonder whether the story is true or not…well until you get to the predictable yet still satisfying ending.
If you’re looking for some cheery yuletide Terror TV episodes then look no further then this episode of “Tales from the Darkside.”
-James J. Coker