Tales from the Darkside: Season 2, Episode 15

A New Lease on Life (26 Jan. 1986)

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Archie Fenton moves into the St. George Apartments, where the lease has caveats: he must take out the trash every night, and he must not hang pictures on the walls. These aren't the only strange things about the St George.

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Archie Fenton moves into the St. George Apartments, where the lease has caveats: he must take out the trash every night, and he must not hang pictures on the walls. These aren't the only strange things about the St George.

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Inspired weird episode
18 October 2013 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

New tenant Archie Fenton (a fine performance by Robert Rothman) discovers that the amazingly cheap apartment he has just moved into harbors a sinister secret within its walls. Director John Strysik relates the fascinatingly bizarre premise at a steady pace and does a sound job of crafting an intriguing oddball atmosphere. The quirky script by Harvey Jacobs and Michael McDowell makes the most out of the outré plot, with a nice sense of dark humor and a real doozy of a hilariously sick punch line. The sturdy acting by the capable cast keeps everything humming: Marie Windsor delivers a marvelously lively and idiosyncratic portrayal as flaky land lady Madame Angler, Ben Frank and Robert Sutton lend delightfully offbeat support as a pair of testy maintenance men, and the attractive Patricia Pelham does well as sultry neighbor Helen Tanner. One of this show's most unusual half hours.


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