Tales from the Darkside: Season 3, Episode 8

A Serpent's Tooth (16 Nov. 1986)

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Disappointed with her unappreciative children, Pearl King enlists the aid of a serpent's tooth talisman that has potent powers and produces instant results.

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Pearl King (as Renee Taylor)
Louis Quinn ...
Myron
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Madlene King
Brett Marx ...
Marc King
Ron Sloan ...
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Paul Sparer ...
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Disappointed with her unappreciative children, Pearl King enlists the aid of a serpent's tooth talisman that has potent powers and produces instant results.

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The title is based upon a quote from William Shakespeare's play "King Lear" (Act I, Scene IV): "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!" See more »

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Lighthearted Tales from the Darkside episode.

Tales from the Darkside: A Serpent's Tooth starts as overbearing & overprotective mother Pearl King (Renée Taylor) confides to her friend Myron (Louis Quinn) that her son Richie (Jared Rushton) & daughter Madlene (JoAnn Willette) are ungrateful & don't listen to her which is the cause of much frustration inside Pearl since she knows best. Myron helps her out by giving Pearl a Serpent's Tooth on a necklace which she wears around her neck, it's a very special Serpent's Tooth which gives Pearl the ability to make whatever she says come true & help control her two errant children even more. However Pearl doesn't realise that you should be careful what you wish for because it might just come true...

Episode 8 from season 3 this Tales from the Darkside story originally aired in the US during November 1986, directed by Frank De Palma one has to say that A Serpent's Tooth is alright but a bit strange & there's quite a bit of comedy in it. The script by Edithe Swensen uses the often used story about some object granting wishes & one or more of the wishes are more literal than the wisher intended & it all comes back to haunt them & it all becomes a nightmare. Unlike most Tales from the Darkside episodes A Serpent's Tooth sometimes feels like farce & more of a comedy than a dark tale of horror or mystery, having said that it is actually quite funny on a number of occasions. For instance the scene when Pearl turns her daughter's boyfriend Barry into a slice of bread & then her daughter Madlene talking to it & eventually saying goodbye to Barry by putting the bread in a Tupperware tub & sticking it in the fridge. The ending isn't great but it's OK I suppose, overall there isn't too much variety in A Serpent's Tooth but it's quite fun & fairly watchable as it passes twenty odd minutes harmlessly enough.

Set entirely within the ground floor of a house A Serpent's Tooth is well made but like all Tales from the Darkside episodes low budget. There's no horror or suspense here & there's nothing creepy or eerie either. Apart from a slightly downbeat ending this is more akin to something you would expect to see from Disney. The acting is OK but nothing special.

A Serpent's Tooth is alright I suppose, it's not really horror themed but it is funny on occasion, it passes twenty minutes & the story is OK if a little predictable.


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