After the popularity of the Creepshow horror anthology movies, horror legend George A. Romero and Laurel Entertainment decided to make a television show based on the films with a different name, thus Tales from the Darkside was (eventually) born. Similar in style and often tone to Tales from the Crypt, though Darkside is in a league all its own, the show even has its own intro and out-tro too.
“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.”
“The darkside is always there, waiting for us to enter,
Waiting to enter us.
Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.”
The shows are usually only half an hour long, so it caters to the Robot Chicken attention span fans of the world. The style is most often of the rather indiscriminate 80’s style horror/sci-fi/fantasy fanatic persuasion – we allow everything, up to a certain PG-13 point. Most of the shows even come with a lesson of some kind, something learned from the bad guy while the good guy gets punked in the end, a dire warning for audiences future, even admonitions to parents to listen to their children, and for children to believe.
Often one can catch a very early glimpse of an actor who will later become quite famous (“Hey, I know him! It’s Christian Slater, really young!”). Many of the episodes were either written for the show directly, or adapted from famous authors’ works, including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Frederick Pohl, and Harlan Ellison. Always darkly comedic, sometimes brilliant and even kind, Tales from the Darkside is still often lovingly shown in re-runs on various TV stations.