Saturday Frights: Tales From The Darkside – “Halloween Candy” (1985)

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Welcome back to all of you fans of fiendish film and TV! Those howls you hear from the creatures of the night need be no cause for alarm, you are safe down here with us in the Retroist vault! Us? Yeah, that’s the one and only Doug McCoy behind the concession stand and you can see the esteemed Daniel XIII manning the projector. We also have good friend to the Retroist site Claymation Werewolf as head usher and Phisbon3s in the ticket booth!

This week we have episode five from the second season of Tales From the Darkside entitled ‘Halloween Candy’ which originally aired on Oct. 27th, 1985. This episode concerns a mean old man by the name of Mr. Killup (Roy Poole) who seems to harbor a great deal of hatred for the world but especially kids on Halloween. Even when his exasperated son Michael (Tim Choate) buys candy for his Father to hand out to avoid the possibility of the house being egged, the old man refuses. Being a Tales From the Darkside episode however, Mr. Killup is due to be taught quite a lesson and maybe more by the spirit of Halloween. The episode was directed by legendary make-up effects artist Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow) and was written by Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice, Thinner).
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I’d be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that this episode influenced Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty as a kid and for good reason! So when your day is done and the kids are snug in bed, why not come join us down in the vault as we peruse our collection of Halloween Candy on Saturday Frights?


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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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