Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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The False Prophet 

A young woman depends on an astrology machine to help her make all her decisions.


Gerald Cotts


Larry Fulton (story), Jule Selbo (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Ronee Blakley ... Cassie Pines
Justin Deas Justin Deas ... Heat Jones
Ann Hillary Ann Hillary ... Wanda Sue
Bill Fiore Bill Fiore ... Horace X (voice)
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)


A young woman depends on an astrology machine to help her make all her decisions.

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Release Date:

4 August 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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A lady who's traveling looking for love finds it in a time telling machine!
12 April 2009 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "TFTD" episode titled "The False Prophet" happens to be a good one even though it's a romantic and fantasy type episode that has a strange feel and weird ending to it. It stars Ronee Blakley(from "A Nightmare on Elm Street" fame)as Cassie Pines a woman traveling from Iowa who's taken advice from her local fortune teller who's told Cassie that she should travel to Lubbock, Texas to find her true love. When Cassie makes a stop over at an all night diner in Oklahoma she discovers a mechanical fortune telling machine named Horace X, and supposedly he can tell the future! As the episode grows you can in some ways notice that Cassie becomes attached to Horace as it's he who advises her against going to Texas to find love, instead Cassie is advised to be aware of false love and false prophets. It turns out Horace will be straight with his predictions as when a supposed man of faith that a priest shows up and he wants to romance Cassie. It is then that Cassie takes his advice and tells the supposed man of faith no. Horace on the flip side is very demanding of Cassie as you will see that Cassie will lose her chance at life and love as this machine will become so possessive it sucks her up literally and figuratively! Overall good episode one of the best and it was a great way to end season one. It was nice to see a romantic and fantasy type themed one that ends in such a strange and technological way.

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