|Tales from the Darkside
||[Feb. 19th, 2007|11:17 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
On Thursday, the SciFi Channel ran that Tales from the Darkside marathon I mentioned. I taped a sampling of them and finally got around to watching a couple last night.
Oh. My. God.
It's everything I remember and so much more! The terrible camera work, the laughable writing, the wooden acting, the unbelievable cheapness, the scary '80s hair and clothes, the awful incidental synthesizer music, Mallory from Family Ties...Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
The first episode I watched was called "Inside the Closet", and it's the exact same setup as Lovecraft's "The Dreams in the Witch-House": a grad student (female this time) moves into cheap lodging and discovers something weird in the walls. Unlike Lovecraft's story, though, this one made no sense at all. There was no logic to the creature's actions or the backstory or when the mysterious closet where the creature lives will be open and when it will be locked, or anything really. The episode was directed by Tom Savini, who I suppose created the creature too, which was an idiotic-looking puppet that made me chuckle every time it was onscreen. The episode did star the head-in-a-pan guy from Re-Animator, though, so that's something. Also, it reminded me that women in the '80s always slept with their makeup and lipstick on.
The second was "Mookie & Pookie" with Mallory as one half of a pair of fraternal twins. Her brother dies of some unnamed illness that kept him in bed but with perfect hair and deep dimples on his fresh-scrubbed, clean-shaven cheeks. Anyway, he was a computer geek and Mallory becomes convinced he's in the computer now. Or something. No one believes her until the end, when her brother speaks through the computer and then they all play Scrabble and laugh while Mallory wears giant '80s ribbons in her hair.
I can't wait to see more! One of the other two episodes I taped was, I think, the adaptation of Stephen King's oh-so-'80s story "Word Processor of the Gods". Eeeeeee!