Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Pain Killer 

Harvey Turman suffers from both back pain and his nagging wife Nadine. Dr. Roebuck finds nothing physically wrong, concludes that the problem is caused by latent anger toward Nadine, & suggests uxoricide to kill ALL Harvey's pain.

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Harvey Turman suffers from both back pain and his nagging wife Nadine. Dr. Roebuck finds nothing physically wrong, concludes that the problem is caused by latent anger toward Nadine, & suggests uxoricide to kill ALL Harvey's pain.

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14 October 1984 (USA)  »

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The couple is watching Night of the Living Dead (1968) written and directed by George A. Romero. Romero was a producer for this show and also wrote/directed a few episodes, including the pilot. See more »

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Features Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Middling, but watch it for an old star
5 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

PAIN KILLER is a straightforward episode of the then-new TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE TV series. Episode 3 of the first season, it tells of a man crippled by chronic back pain, who visits a doctor begging for pain relief. The doctor gives it to him in the form of a deal - kill his nagging wife, and he'll be cured.

It's one of those old 'evil pact' stories and to be honest it's a very middling story. The twist is barely noticeable and the story is so tame that it doesn't really register by modern standards. The production values and calibre of the acting is only just about acceptable. Still, there's one good reason to watch this, and that's Farley Granger. The Hitchcock star, who appeared in the likes of ROPE and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, plays the evil doctor and he's a real hoot; in fact, he's the only thing that stopped me switching off.


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