TERROR TV FOR HALLOWEEN – TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE – Inside the Closet

02 Inside the Closet.avi_001128094The 1980’s anthology show TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE had a number of good and memorable episodes. One episode that is well remembered and is actually in IMDB’s top three episodes of the whole series!! is an episode about a girl haunted by some little creature inside her closet. An episode that can terrify children who dare watch this one. For children can be afraid of what goes bump in the closet and this Tales from the Darkside episode will only further cement that fear to terrifying new heights…Perfect to scare the shit out of little ones for the Halloween season muhahahahaha!!!

from IMDB : What is scurrying around inside the closet of the upstairs room that grad student Gail Aynsley rents from veterinary school dean Dr. Fenner? Gail doesn’t know, but she is determined to find out and Dr Fenner isn’t telling.

now “Inside the Closet” is not only one of the best Tales from the Darkside episodes ever but one of the best moments of horror on Television ever! the way one remembers the creepy build up to a terrifying conclusion on there favorite Twillight zone or tales from the Crypt episode is the way “Inside the Closet” is remembered. Actress Roberta Weiss plays her character perfectly as that very innocent girl who is away from home for the first that and all those uncomfortable feelings that go with that, the episode really plays on that by making the one room setting almost feel like a character in its self. Not only is Roberta Weiss and the room itself the high points but the direction by Tom Savini…yes that Tom Savini is superb with Tom making excellent use of lighting and shadows not to show the monster just yet but to build up the creepiness slowly until the end.

But all in all the two best aspects of the episode is the build up in which both our poor character and you are slowly wondering what could be hiding in her room while the slow subtle creep factor builds and buils upon the viewer and secondly all the creepy slow build all comes to a terrifying conclusion when we finally see the thing haunting Gail and it is a strong “WHOA!” factor from adult viewers and from children viewers (if they see it) it can be fucking terrorizing! i mean look at the pic that goes along with this review…if I saw this episode when i was very little i would not of been able to sleep for a week.

So this Halloween season if you want to add to your halloween viewing schedule something quick yet has a good creep factor, great buildup and some terrifying little monster. Seek out the Tales from the Darkside episode “INSIDE THE CLOSET” and make sure no little children watch with you muhahahahaha! – James J. Coker

TERROR TV – TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE – No Strings

07 No Strings.avi_000788095Whenever horror fans bring up the topic of the 80’s horror anthology show Tales From the darkside, they mostly bring up the classic episodes like “halloween Candy” or “inside the Closet” and hardly every mention the series one killer puppet episode, that episode is called “No Strings” an episode of the darkside that needs more mentioning among Tales from the Darkside fans

Mobster Eddie Minelli plans a private performance by a famous puppeteer, but with a ghoulish new puppet: the bloody remains of Don Paulie, the man Eddie has just murdered.

now its a darn shame that darkside fans dont mention this episode. its quite good for what it is. The performances are all good, there is actually a tiny bit of gore in it, rather creepy and well done carnival-esque music to it, a classic comeuppance for mobster Eddie and a statement made by the puppeteer about the connection between the puppet and the puppeteer and the power making people feel through performance. Also to note the whole episode has this dark and macabre tone throughout even more so then other tales from the darkside episode. So if you want to visit the old 1980s show but want a rather obscure episode then look into No Strings. – James J. Coker

TERROR TV-TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE-The Yattering and Jack

TalesDarkside4Film is not the only medium to adapt the work of Clive Barker. In this entry I’m going to take a look at the 1987 “Tales from the Darkside” episode The Yattering and Jack, an adaptation of Barker’s short story of the same name. While not the most famous episode of the series it’s a very unique one. Barker wrote the episode and while it’s different from the original story, it’s still a great episode with a unique plot and is very funny. However by no means is this a comedy.

The episode tells the story of Jack Pollo, an average ordinary guy. A demon known as The Yattering has been sent by the forces of Hell to drive Jack insane and take his soul. If he does not accomplish this he becomes Jack’s slave. There are rules The Yattering must follow to achieve this task: such as he is not allowed to touch Jack. He tries mischievous things, such as making messes or boiling the water in Jack’s fishbowl, however he is unable to make Jack snap. This drives The Yattering mad and he is the one starting to go crazy. However Jack’s daughter has come to visit him on Chrstmas and The Yattering has an epic plan which he hopes will finally cause Jack to snap.

As I mentioned earlier this episode is quite different from its source material. The short story was vulgar, violent and brutal while this episode is not that at all. The story also goes into more depth as to why The Yattering is there to torment Jack, while the episode skips over those details. I could spoil it for you but I think you should go ahead and read the short story. If you are really curious though I will provide that information at the bottom of this post. It’s a fairly accurate adaptation of the story, just stripped of all its extreme parts. A great episode with a unique plot and a good sense of humor.

If you enjoy the work of Clive Barker or just want a unique piece of short horror then I highly recommend checking out this “Tales from the Darkside” episode.

SPOILER ALERT: In the short story the reason the forces of Hell want Jack’s soul was because his mother made a deal with the forces of Hell for her soul. However she double crossed them, died in the arms of a preacher and went to heaven. To compensate for their loss they want to take her son’s soul (Jack Pollo) so they send an inexperienced young demon to do the job of driving Jack to insanity.

-Dakota Bailey