Jodie and his mum are grief-stricken by the passing away of Jodie's grandfather, but they soon find themselves with a lot more to be upset about when he gets determined not to stay dead.


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Episode cast overview:
Grandpa Titus Tolliver
Dr. Snodgrass
Voodoo Woman
Jody Tolliver
Reverend Peabody
Barbara Eda-Young ...
Ma Tolliver
Paul Sparer ...
Narrator (voice)


Dressed in black, a very subdued mother and son (Christian Slater, age 15) sit down to breakfast on a hot summer morn, after Grandpa passed away last night in his bed upstairs. But cantankerous Grandpa shows up for breakfast too, lily in the lapel of his best suit, astonished that there's no plate set up for him ! The more folks insist he play dead and dignified, the more persnickety and odoriferous he becomes. Written by David Stevens

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mother | zombie | reverend | undead | witch | See All (13) »





Release Date:

2 December 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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An early appearance of Christian Slater as a boy. Also, Brent Spiner ("Data", from Star Trek: The Next Generation) appears. See more »


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Fun, gruesome black comedy
28 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A CASE OF THE STUBBORNS is one of the better episodes of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, although that doesn't make it great. It's an episode pitched as a black comedy, and it's actually fairly amusing for a change, which is probably down to the story being based on a tale by master craftsman Robert Bloch.

The narrative is straightforward enough: a cantankerous grandfather dies in the night, but comes down for breakfast the next morning acting as if nothing has happened. In other words, he's refusing to accept that he's turned into a zombie. The makeup effects are particularly disgusting in this episode, and the tale features a prominent performance from a youthful Christian Slater. Watch out for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's Brent Spiner playing a reverend.

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