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Encyclopedia > Tales from the Darkside
Tales from the Darkside

Second logo for Tales from the Darkside
Genre Science-fiction, drama
Created by George A. Romero
Narrated by Paul Sparer
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 92 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) George A. Romero
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel syndicated
Original run 19831988
Chronology
Related shows The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, Tales From The Crypt, Night Visions, Amazing Stories
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from the 1980s produced by George A. Romero. Similar to The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, and Tales From The Crypt, each episode was an individual short story that ended with a plot twist. Unlike these other series, Tales from the Darkside centered mostly around horror stories. However, the series contained some episodes which would more likely be considered science fiction or fantasy-based, as well as some episodes which were more comical in tone. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Science Fiction redirects here. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... George Romero at the 2006 DragonCon George Andrew Romero (born February 4, 1940) is an American director, writer, editor and actor. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is an episode list for the 1980s anthology series Tales from the Darkside. ... George Romero at the 2006 DragonCon George Andrew Romero (born February 4, 1940) is an American director, writer, editor and actor. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast television programs to multiple television stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... // February 8 - Minipops premieres on Channel 4 in the UK. Though a ratings success, it is canceled after the first series due to heavy media criticism. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... The Outer Limits is an American television series. ... Night Gallery was Rod Serlings follow-up to The Twilight Zone, airing on NBC from 1970 to 1973. ... Tales from the Crypt is an American horror anthology TV series that ran from 1989 to 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO. It was based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and was produced by The Geffen Film Company in association with Warner Bros. ... Night Visions was an American television show created in the syle of The Twilight Zone. ... Amazing Stories was the name of an American television show put together by director Steven Spielberg from 1985 to 1987. ... ANThology is the first major label album by Alien Ant Farm. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... George Romero at the 2006 DragonCon George Andrew Romero (born February 4, 1940) is an American director, writer, editor and actor. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... Night Gallery was Rod Serlings follow-up to The Twilight Zone, airing on NBC from 1970 to 1973. ... The Outer Limits is an American television series. ... Tales from the Crypt is an American horror anthology TV series that ran from 1989 to 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO. It was based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and was produced by The Geffen Film Company in association with Warner Bros. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ...


The moderate success of George Romero's horror anthology film Creepshow led to initial inquiries about the possibilities of a Creepshow series. Because Warner Brothers owned certain aspects of Creepshow, Laurel Productions (which produced the film) opted to take their potential series into a similar, yet separate, direction, including changing the name to Tales From The Darkside. The new name reflected Creepshow's focus, that of a live-action EC-based horror comic book of the 1950s like Tales from the Crypt or The Vault of Horror, though the series would not carry the trappings of a comic as Creepshow did. George A. Romero (born 4 February 1940) is an American director, writer, editor, actor and composer. ... Creepshow is a classic 1982 anthology horror movie directed by George A. Romero (of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead fame), and written by Stephen King (The Shining, Misery, The Stand). ... Warner Bros. ... Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... See also: 1940s in comics, other events of the 1950s, 1960s in comics and the list of years in comics Publications: 1950 - 1951 - 1952 - 1953 - 1954 - 1955 - 1956 - 1957 - 1958 - 1959 Publications This is an incomplete list. ... The original title, Crime Patrol. ... The Vault of Horror was part of Bill Gaines EC Comics line during the early 1950s. ...


Some episodes of the series were written by or adapted from the works of famous authors. Stephen King's short stories Word Processor of the Gods and Sorry, Right Number were amongst them. Works by Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, and Clive Barker were also featured. Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... Frederik George Pohl, Jr. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ... Clive Barker (born October 5, 1952) is an English author, film director and visual artist. ...


After wrapping, Tales from the Darkside was succeeded by Monsters in 1988, a similarly styled syndicated weekly horror anthology also produced by Laurel and longtime Romero associate Richard P. Rubenstein. Monsters was a syndicated TV series which originally ran from 1988 to 1991 and was probably most popular for its post-production run on the Sci-Fi Channel during the 1990s. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


The series was followed by Tales from the Darkside: The Movie in 1990. Stephen King also contributed a short story to this film, The Cat From Hell. The film starred Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, William Hickey, Steve Buscemi, and Julianne Moore (the first three previously appeared in episodes of the TV series). Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from the 1980s produced by George A. Romero. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Debbie Harry on the cover of her collection Most of All: Best Of Deborah Harry (born July 1, 1945) is a Miami-born American rock and roll musician who originally gained fame as the frontwoman for New Wave band Blondie, which originated in the late 1970s and achieved commercial success... Christian Slater (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor. ... William Hickey (September 19, 1928 – June 29, 1997) was an American actor. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960) in Fayetteville, North Carolina is an American actress. ...


The series was originally syndicated weekly by Tribune Broadcasting, with most stations airing it after midnight. After ending production, it was picked up by LBS Communications for barter-based syndication. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast television programs to multiple television stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Tribune Broadcasting is a group of radio and television stations located throughout the United States which are owned and operated by the Tribune Company, a media conglomerate based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Lexington Broadcast Services Company, also known as LBS Communications Inc. ... Barter is a type of trade in which goods or services are exchanged for other goods and/or services; no money is involved in the transaction. ...


After a considerable absence from television, the series has resumed airing on The Sci Fi Channel as of October 2nd, 2006. [1] SCI FI (sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ...

Contents

Opening/Closing Sequence

The opening/closing theme to the series was performed by Donald Rubinstein (who co-wrote the theme with Erica Lindsay). Donald (The brother of Laurel Productions' founder, Richard P. Rubinstein) had worked on scores for Laurel Productions in the past, such as the films Martin and Knightriders. His previous works qualified him to try his hand at the theme for Tales from the Darkside, and the haunting composition helped define the series as a separate entity from Creepshow. Martin is a 1977 horror film written and directed by George A. Romero. ... This article is actively undergoing a major edit. ...


As in the case of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, the series begins each episode with a montage of images - in this case, several shots of a forest and countryside - accompanied by a narrator (Paul Sparer) delivering a foreboding voice-over: A voice-over is a narration that is played on top of a video segment, usually with the audio for that segment muted or lowered. ...

Man lives in the sunlit world
of what he believes to be reality.
But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld,
a place that is just as real,
but not as brightly lit.....
A DARKSIDE.

Each episode would also end with a second voice-over:

The dark side is always there,
waiting for us to enter,
waiting to enter us.
Until next time,
try to enjoy the daylight.

Episodes

  • See List of Tales from the Darkside episodes.

This is an episode list for the 1980s anthology series Tales from the Darkside. ...

See also

This is a listing of topics pertaining to television programs. ... Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from the 1980s produced by George A. Romero. ...

External links

Official Home of Tales from the Darkside on The Sci Fi Channel


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Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from the 1980s produced by George A. Romero.
The series was followed by Tales from the Darkside: The Movie in 1990.
His previous works qualified him to try his hand at the theme for Tales From The Darkside, and the haunting composition helped define the series as a separate entity from Creepshow.
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