Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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A Case of the Stubborns 

Jodie and his mum are grief-stricken by the passing away of Jodie's grandfather, but they soon find themselves with a lot more to be upset about when he gets determined not to stay dead.

Director:

Gerald Cotts (as Jerry Smith)

Writers:

Robert Bloch (story), James Houghton (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Eddie Bracken ... Grandpa Titus Tolliver
Bill McCutcheon ... Dr. Snodgrass
Tresa Hughes ... Voodoo Woman
Christian Slater ... Jody Tolliver
Brent Spiner ... Reverend Peabody
Barbara Eda-Young ... Ma Tolliver
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Dressed in black, a very subdued mother and son (Christian Slater, age 15) sit down to breakfast on a hot summer morn, after Grandpa passed away last night in his bed upstairs. But cantankerous Grandpa shows up for breakfast too, lily in the lapel of his best suit, astonished that there's no plate set up for him ! The more folks insist he play dead and dignified, the more persnickety and odoriferous he becomes. Written by David Stevens

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mother | zombie | reverend | undead | witch | See All (13) »


Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1984 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Guest star Christian Slater also later appeared in the 1990 theatrical movie "Tales from the Darkside". 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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Fun, gruesome black comedy
28 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A CASE OF THE STUBBORNS is one of the better episodes of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, although that doesn't make it great. It's an episode pitched as a black comedy, and it's actually fairly amusing for a change, which is probably down to the story being based on a tale by master craftsman Robert Bloch.

The narrative is straightforward enough: a cantankerous grandfather dies in the night, but comes down for breakfast the next morning acting as if nothing has happened. In other words, he's refusing to accept that he's turned into a zombie. The makeup effects are particularly disgusting in this episode, and the tale features a prominent performance from a youthful Christian Slater. Watch out for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's Brent Spiner playing a reverend.


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