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 ...
Barry
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Richie
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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Unfunny comedy
17 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SERPENT'S TOOTH marks one of the unfunny comedic episodes of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE. Coming in partway through season three, the storyline involves a frustrated housewife - aren't they always? - who gets hold of a magic talisman that has the power to control her unruly children. Unfortunately for the family, the magic turns out to have extreme consequences...

Basically it's a simple story in which everything the protagonist comes true - a bit like the 'careful what you wish for' scenes in the WISHMASTER films. Sadly the whole thing is played for broad laughs, so this is another episode spoilt by overacting, shouted dialogue, and general over the top stuff that doesn't work very well.


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