Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Do Not Open This Box 

Charles is a meek inventor living with his greedy nagging wife Rose. The mail brings them a misdirected box saying "Do Not Open This Box". Then the postman comes looking for it and says there will be Hell to pay if he doesn't get it back.

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Charles is a meek inventor living with his greedy nagging wife Rose. The mail brings them a misdirected box saying "Do Not Open This Box". Then the postman comes looking for it and says there will be Hell to pay if he doesn't get it back.

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15 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Jodie Foster's first directional credit. See more »

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Featured in Stephen King's Golden Tales (1985) See more »

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Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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A classic episode.
3 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Directed by Jodie Foster.

Rose and Charles are an old unhappy couple. Rose always wants more. She's always complaining about what the neighbor has and why she doesn't have it. That is, until a box is accidentally delivered to them saying, "DO NOT OPEN THIS BOX". The Postman soon comes by wanting this box, so Rose hides it. The Postman, expecting the box gives her anything she desires, while Charles just wants to give him his box back. When he finally receives the box, he realizes that it's been opened and it needs to be refilled. This was just a really nice episode, with great direction by Jodie Foster. It's dark, but not too dark, and it works really well as a Darkside episode! Can be found on VHS volume 1.

My rating: Perfect episode. 22 mins. TV PG


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