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In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter.

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The uncle of an executed murderess relates four stories of his hometown, Oldfield, to a reporter: an elderly man pursues a romance with a younger woman, even to the grave and beyond...a wounded man on the run from creditors is rescued by a backwoods hermit with the secret to eternal life...a glass-eating carny pays the ultimate price for looking for love on the outside...and Civil War soldiers are held captive by a household of orphans with strange intentions for them. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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Shot in 1985 and 1986, not released until 1987. See more »

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Tennessee carried out no executions between November 1960 and April 2000, but had it carried out an execution in the 1980s, the state would have used the electric chair. Tennessee did not authorize lethal injection as a method of execution in the 1980s, so the scene depicted early in the film could not have taken place. Electrocution was the only method on the books from 1916 until lethal injection was adopted in 2000. See more »

Quotes

Julian White: One thing I've learned, my dear, is that one is never too old for nightmares.
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Near the end of the credits, we are told "WHEN IN TENNESSEE VISIT OLDFIELD". Oldfield is not a real town. See more »

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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Get Mad, Get Down
Written by C. Wilkening
Performed by Social Fact
Courtesy Fun Stuff Records
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4 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only thing I was not expecting was the low quality of the photography...it looks like an earlier 80s film. But other than that, it's really pretty decent. I rated it a 6, but I was considering a 7. Most of the comments here are accurate. The thing to keep in mind that is that this is a pretty good horror anthology. It's hard to find horror anthologies that are consistantly good. This does have it's weak stories, but the good ones balance it out. The glass-eater carnival story isn't all bad though...it kept my attention, but the payoff wasn't as good as I would have liked. It almost reminds me of the EC comics - not so much the movies they inspired, but these are similar in style as far as the twists go.

If you're reading this review, chances are that this is the sort of movie that you'll enjoy, at least in part.


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