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"Tales from the Darkside" The Word Processor of the Gods (1984)

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Original Air Date:
25 November 1984 (Season 1, Episode 8)
Struggling writer Richard Hagstrom receives an upgraded computer from his computer-whiz nephew Jonathan right before Jonathan dies in an accident... See more » | Add synopsis »
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An unoriginal, but stylish episode. See more (8 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Bruce Davison ... Richard Hagstrom
Karen Shallo ... Lina Hagstrom
Patrick Piccininni ... Seth Robert Hagstrom
Bill Cain ... Tom Nordhoff (as William Cain)
Jon Shear ... Jonathan (as Jon Matthews)
Miranda Beeson ... Belinda
Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Gornick 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen King  story
Michael McDowell  writer

Produced by
Jerry Golod .... executive producer
George A. Romero .... executive producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... executive producer
William Teitler .... producer
Cinematography by
Ernest R. Dickerson 
Film Editing by
Scott Vickrey 
Casting by
Leonard Finger 
Art Direction by
Mischa Petrow 
Costume Design by
Jeanette Oleksa 
Makeup Department
Sharon Ilson .... makeup artist (as Sharon Ilson Reed)
Production Management
Doon Allen .... production manager
Oren Rudavsky .... post-production supervisor
Jeffrey Silver .... production manager
David E. Vogel .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Krakower .... assistant director
Katarina Wittich .... assistant director
Art Department
Jeffrey Crandell .... assistant to art director
Peter Gelfman .... construction coordinator
Philip Goetz .... scenic artist (as Phil Goetz)
Andrew Lassman .... property master
Eva Machauf .... assistant props
Barbara Robins .... scenic artist
Nell Stifel .... set decorator
Susan Vitucci .... assistant set dresser
Sound Department
Stuart Deutsch .... boom operator
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Fred Rosenberg .... sound editor
Richard Smigielski .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Rob Kobrin .... computer effects
Camera and Electrical Department
William Klayer .... best boy (as Bill Klayer)
Katherine Kolbert .... still photographer
Jeff Levy .... gaffer
Michael Preston .... second grip
Frank Prinzi .... assistant camera
John Tintori .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heidi Schulman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Tamar Bihari .... apprentice editor
Meg Foss .... assistant editor
Lienna Silver .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Erica Lindsay .... composer: title music
Tom Pile .... composer: additional music
Donald Rubinstein .... composer: title music
Other crew
Tom Allen .... script consultant
Maureen Andersen .... unit publicist
Tina Carbonell .... production office coordinator
Louis Haber .... administrative assistant
Laura J. Medina .... production office coordinator
Nancy Musser .... script supervisor
Anne Nevin .... assistant production office coordinator
Cosmo Ohms .... studio manager
Paul Sparer .... narrator
Jonathan Wolf .... production auditor (as Jonathan D. Wolf)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Bob Balaban (episode "Trick or Treat")
Timna Ranon (episode "Bigalow's Last Smoke, " "Mookie and Pookie, " "Dream Girl")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Franco Amurri  (episode "Trick or Treat")
Scott D. Jackson  writer
George A. Romero  (episode "Trick or Treat") (episode "Devil's Advocate, The") (episode "Baker's Dozen") (episode "Circus")

Original Music by
Ken Mazur 
Makeup Department
Tyler Smith .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Diana Dru Botsford .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Kinsella .... second assistant director (1984)
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Scott D. Jackson .... foley editor
Scott D. Jackson .... foley walker
Special Effects by
Joe LaPenna .... special effects
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:20 min
Aspect Ratio:
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An unoriginal, but stylish episode., 2 August 2006
Author: Tommy Nelson from Long Beach, California

Written by Stephen King.............................................. Guest starring Bruce Davison.

This same plot has been used on almost every anthology show, but this one is very fresh. Richard is an unhappy man married with a brat kid. He gets a typewriter (really more of a cheap 80's computer) and finds that whatever he types comes true. Pretty predictable, but it looks really great and Bruce Davison is always good as the nerdy loser. It actually manages to be scary, and it was written by horror guru Stephen King. It's a good episode! Can be found on VHS volume 1.

My rating: Excellent episode. 20 mins. TV PG

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