Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Trick or Treat (Pilot) 

Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

Director:

Bob Balaban
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barnard Hughes ... Gideon Hackles
I.M. Hobson I.M. Hobson ... Mr. Bindle
Max Wright ... Mr. Bundle
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Atticus Kimble
Knowl Johnson Knowl Johnson ... Billy Kimble
Brenda Currin ... Sarah Kimble
Eddie Jones ... Victor Muldoon
Patrick Wilcox Patrick Wilcox ... Timothy Muldoon
Eevin Hartsough ... Bessie
Nancy Ellen Sutherland Nancy Ellen Sutherland ... Bessie's Mom
Jessica Rene Carroll Jessica Rene Carroll ... Rickert Daughter (as Jessica Carroll)
Joshua Miller Joshua Miller ... Rickert Son
Frances Chaney Frances Chaney ... Witch
Bill McNulty Bill McNulty ... Pirate
Ed French ... Devil
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Storyline

Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

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Plot Keywords:

boy | coffee | costume | meanness | prank | See All (42) »


Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Gideon Hackles: Charge this to your account, Mr. Muldoon?
Victor Muldoon: Yes, you know I can't pay cash.
Gideon Hackles: [about Timmy's devil pitchfork] Of course in my day we made our own costumes out of rags. I trust this means that Timothy will be with us tonight?
Victor Muldoon: My Timmy's gonna find what he's looking for tonight, yes sir. I've toughened him up with me strap, I've toughened him up enough to beat you at your game, yes sir. Tomorrow morning the Muldoons is gonna be out of debt for the first time in history.
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Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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The Beginning
11 November 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Town miser Gideon Hackles (Barnard Hughes) spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

Exactly why "Tales From the Darkside" is not as celebrated today as "Tales From the Crypt" is beyond me. As a child, "Darkside" (and its successor "Monsters") were the far superior, scarier choices. Even the theme song is much more disturbing.

For this pilot episode, George A. Romero brought together an interesting crew. He co-wrote the script with Franco Amurri, who seems to makes only Italian television... with the exception of writing and directing "Monkey Trouble" (1994). In the director's chair is veteran actor Bob Balaban (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) making his directorial debut -- and he does a fine job!


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