80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Amazing Stories “Thanksgiving”

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.


Hey, friends! We hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving day but we wanted you to know that the new 80s Anthologies podcast is up for your listening pleasure and this time Doug McCoy, Claymation Werewolf, Phishbon3s, and I discuss the Amazing Stories special 1986 event episode entitled “Thanksgiving”.

“Thanksgiving”
Amazing Stories - Thanksgiving
This episode of Amazing Stories is a little different than the typical tales told on that anthology series, it is much darker than what you would have originally seen. It stars David Carradine (Kung-Fu, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) as Calvin, a grumpy and cruel man who seems to take take more than a little delight in verbally abusing his stepdaughter, Dora (Kyra Sedgwick), while he tries to eke out a living in a secluded desert town. Trying desperately to find water just to survive they uncover a deep well that after a little trial and error reveals a startling discovery. When Calvin and Dora lower a length of rope with a flashlight attached to it they are shocked when something tugs the end of the rope…upon raising it they find an odd looking sack tied to where the flashlight once had been and inside that sack is peculiar shaped treasures made out of pure gold!

Dora is a kind-hearted and lonely young girl that sees whatever is at the bottom of the well as friendly but Calvin sees only an opportunity to get rich by sending items down the well in exchange for gold. Now what would happen though if that gold stopped coming up the well?

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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2 thoughts on “80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Amazing Stories “Thanksgiving”

  1. mwentworth says:

    Great episode! Re: the episode being all a build-up to the turkey joke; I really enjoy when creators have the chutzpa to troll their audience that way. The “hell toupee” episode was really the same thing in reverse; the joke came first as the episode title and the rest of the episode was fulfilling the joke.

  2. Yeah, I get that. I guess my point is that once you’ve heard the joke, you really can’t go back and enjoy it the same way, so it seemed kind of flat to me. But you are correct; many of those episodes were like that.

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