Tales from the Darkside: Season 3, Episode 20

The Swap (3 Mar. 1987)

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In the Louisiana bayou, loathsome-looking Bubba is the son of an infamous conjure woman. His wife Annabelle is cheating on him with their handsome handyman Claude. But Bubba has a solution to the problem.

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Charles Ludlam ...
Bubba
Maria Manuche ...
Anna Belle
James Wlcek ...
Claude Altoose (as Jim Wlcek)
Timothy Jenkins ...
Judge Jean Baptiste
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In the Louisiana bayou, loathsome-looking Bubba is the son of an infamous conjure woman. His wife Annabelle is cheating on him with their handsome handyman Claude. But Bubba has a solution to the problem.

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Alright Tales from the Darkside episode.

Tales from the Darkside: The Swap is set in a Louisiana swamp town where the rich, old & ugly wart covered Bubba (Charles Ludlam) lives with his attractive young wife Annabelle. Annabelle married Bubba for his money & is having an affair with the handyman Claude (James Wlcek) until Bubba dies & she can inherit his millions. However Bubba isn't keen on dying & experiments with Voodoo in order to swap bodies. Annabelle & Claude devise a plan to make Bubba's death a lot more premature then Bubba would like but their plan doesn't turn out as they had hoped...

Episode 20 from season 3 this Tales from the Darkside story originally aired in the US during March 1987, directed by John Drury one has to say The Swap is one of the most predictable & routine Tales from the Darkside episodes from it's entire four season run. The script by Dick Benner feels like an EC horror comic with it's Luisiana swamp setting, the Voodoo aspect & the plot revolving around cheating lovers who get their comeuppance in a rather predictable ending that finishes the episode on a satisfactory if uninspiring note. At only twenty minutes in length it's short & it passes the time harmlessly enough but it really does feel very routine & it's nothing that horror anthology show's haven't done to death before.

This one looks quite nice with decent production values although not that much really happens. The acting is alright, Charles Ludlam apparently died two months after The Swap originally aired from AIDS.

The Swap is a watchable enough Tales from the Darkside episode, it's not the worst one but it's not the most memorable one either. It felt very familiar to me like I had seen it all before which I had.


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