Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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The Last Car 

A pretty university student named Stacey (Begona Plaza) waits to board a train that will take her home for Thanksgiving. However Stacey soon discovers there is something unusual and terrifying about the last car of this train.

Director:

John Strysik
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Begonya Plaza ... Stacey (as Begoña Plaza)
Mary Carver ... Mrs. Crane
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Old Man
Scooter Stevens Scooter Stevens ... Boy
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... Conductor
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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A pretty university student named Stacey (Begona Plaza) waits to board a train that will take her home for Thanksgiving. However Stacey soon discovers there is something unusual and terrifying about the last car of this train.

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Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The corpse used for the girl at the end was the thought of late in production of the episode. The Conductor's corpse was redressed in the girl's clothes and a wig. It was going to be the actual actress but they thought it was scarier for her to become a skeleton. 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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my favorite episode so far
16 September 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

I've been watching and rewatching some Tales of the Darkside episodes recently and so far this one takes the cake in terms of scares, surprises, and even laughs. If you were to know anything about my taste in film and television, it's that I'm a sucker for surrealism and black comedy, and this great tale of absurdist confusion juggles both of these qualities with skill, even if that skill is rather imperfect. It's a very Lynchian episode, which isn't something I'd really expect from Tales from the Darkside. Oftentimes an episode of the show is really weird, but it almost never really dwells in the realm of the truly surreal; however, this episode subverts any and all expectations most viewers will have. It reminds me a lot of (the original) Twin Peaks, and, coming from me, this is a compliment of the highest order. Of course, this little horror short does not hold a candle to Lynch's work, but then again, NOTHING I've ever seen is able to do so. So, props to this episode for not only having the guts to go totally ballistic with its oddball humor and spine tingling weirdness! I hope I see more episodes which mirror this one in the near future, although I doubt any will come close to being this excellent and entertaining!


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