I remember there were so many anthology series like Amazing Stories and Ray Bradbury Theater back in the 80’s. One stood out that was called Tales from the Darkside that was straight up horror for most. I discovered all these programs in the early 90’s on the Sci-Fi Channel (before it became Syfy)
Tales from the Darkside starts off with a George Romero penned introduction that was narrated by Paul Sparer. The theme music is scary as fuck and makes it seem like something malevolent is present in your home.
The episode, It’s in the Cards is one of my favorites. I can’t help but to feel bad for the card reader who cannot get rid of her tarot cards for the life of her, literally. And a few Stephen King short stories such as Word Processor of the Gods and Sorry, Right Number.
Tales from the Darkside has its ups most of the time. The show is up to par with many horror films of the time and still holds up today for fans of the genre.
The series ran from 1983 to 1988. When the series ended without notice it left us hanging (not literally). Not long after the series ended, a similar horror anthology series was released simply called Monsters. Produced by Tales from the Dark Side affiliate Richard P. Rubinstein. Monsters featured horror and dark sci-fi stories.
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie was released in 1990, which I find the film to be good, not as entertaining as the series itself. The film, like the series also features another short by Stephen King, The Cat from Hell that was originally meant for Creepshow 2 movie.
The series DVD box set is complete with the pilot episode that started it all. The set features each episode from all 4 seasons. The box and slip cover have an eye catching package for a collector of true horror fans. The quality seems to be restored and fresh looking, but not taking away from it’s true gritty feel.