Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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A reformed alcoholic is visited by his young son; but he doesn't have any children.

Director:

Frank De Palma

Writers:

Mark Durand (teleplay), Barbara Owens (short story)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Vic Tayback ... Alan Coombs
Chris Hebert ... Jerry
Kelly Jean Peters ... Sharon Coombs
Paul Jenkins ... Brad Johnson
Billy Jayne ... Petey Coombs (as Billy Jacoby)
Jon Jacobs Jon Jacobs ... Roger
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Macnee ... Himself - Host (only UK version)
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Storyline

A reformed alcoholic is visited by his young son; but he doesn't have any children.

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Certificate:

TV-14

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Since there is no clear explanation as to what Jerry is, fans of Tales from the Darkside have come up with a number of theories for Jerry's meaning. Some of the most popular theories are:

That Jerry is Alan's scapegoat. He is not really there, but he is the personification of Alan blaming his drunken behavior on anything except drinking. He ends up missing work, he ends up at the police and his family leaves him. Alan won't admit he was drinking the entire time and all these things happened because he was drinking, not because of Jerry, who doesn't exist.

That Jerry is a personification of booze, trying to make Alan lose his mind so that he'll start drinking again.

That Alan's whole family, Jerry included, isn't real, and that Alan is dreaming them up while he's drunk.

That Alan's boss who offered him the booze is the mastermind behind the whole scheme, and that he's sent Jerry to bother Alan. This theory came from the scene where Alan drinks and then says "waste not, want not". Jerry also looks like a younger version of Alan's boss.

That Jerry is some sort of monster that feeds on the souls and minds of alcoholics.

That Jerry is an allegory for all the torment Alan caused his family.

That Jerry is Alan's tulpa, or more simply put, his imaginary friend that has come to life and now wants to be part of the family.

That Sharon wants her marriage to Alan to end, so she and Petey teamed up and hired Jerry to drive Alan crazy.

That Alan is hallucinating Jerry.

That Jerry is Alan's conscience come to haunt him.

Laurel Productions has never confirmed that any of these theories are true, or what Jerry is supposed to be. See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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More horror than horror movies
26 October 2017 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

Although this technically isn't a horror, it was scarier to me than most of "real" horrors of its time. Realistic, without any special effects, excellent performance of Vic Tayback in role of treated alcoholic who experiences complete breakdown will creep you out to the core.

7,5/10


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