Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Trick or Treat (Pilot) 

Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

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I.M. Hobson ...
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Mr. Bundle
Joe Ponazecki ...
Knowl Johnson ...
Billy Kimble
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Sarah Kimble
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Patrick Wilcox ...
Timothy Muldoon
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Bessie
Nancy Ellen Sutherland ...
Bessie's Mom
Jessica Rene Carroll ...
Rickert Daughter (as Jessica Carroll)
Joshua Miller ...
Rickert Son
Frances Chaney ...
Witch
Bill McNulty ...
Pirate
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Devil
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Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

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29 October 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Atticus Kimble: We won't be there tonight, Mr. Hackles.
Gideon Hackles: Oh... maybe I better look at your records more carefully, perhaps the payments should be hire.
Atticus Kimble: Go ahead, take the farm if that'll make you happy. I'd rather that than let my boy visit you tonight. I'm just surprised the others let their children do it.
Gideon Hackles: Most people *make* their children do it.
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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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I love 80's
25 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

While I was searching through Clive Barker's filmography to find what is left for me to see, I ran into TV series Tales from the Darkside for which he did one episode. Although I already follow too many TV series and I definitely have no time to squeeze more, I simply couldn't resist. 80's horror is my weak spot, so because of one episode made by Barker I ended up watching 90 episodes. Fortunately, episodes are just around 20 minutes long.

Pilot tells us story of old miser who owns most of the town by having almost everyone in debt. Every Halloween he invites town kinds to come to his house and find papers with their parent's debts. If they find them debts will be forgiven. He plays fair by having papers relatively easy to find, but his house is turned into very scary house of horror and for many years he succeeds to scare all kids away before they find the papers. But this year things don't follow his plans...

Plot is satisfying, acting too. Effects are good for 1983. and atmosphere is just right. It's far from masterpiece, or from horror, more like Gremlins and similar 80's movies, but it's worth watching, especially if you are fan of 80's B production.

There's bunch of known actors guest starring in this show, and in pilot episode we have Max Wright, Willie Tanner from legendary Alf.

6/10


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