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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Jodie Foster
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Eileen Heckart ... Rose Pennywell
William LeMassena William LeMassena ... Charles Pennywell (as William Le Massena)
Richard B. Shull ... Postman
Fay Gold Fay Gold ... Clarissa Sanderson
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jodie Foster's first directional credit. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Hammy acting spoils an average story
14 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

DO NOT OPEN THIS BOX is the first episode I've watched of the 1980s horror series, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, and it's hardly inspiring stuff. The story goes that an elderly couple find a mysterious box, only to have a postman come calling who claims that the box belongs to him. The only problem is, they're already opened it.

The script was written in the style of a classic Stephen King short story, but that's the only decent thing about this. The characters are way over the top and actually made me physically nauseous in places, particularly combined with the over the top acting - particularly of the old woman. The only notable thing is that this was directed by Jodie Foster, but I'm sure it's one she prefers to leave off the CV.


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