Tales from the Darkside Episode 64: Everybody Needs a Little Love

General Information

Director: John Sutherland

Writer: John Sutherland

Cast: Jerry Orbach, Richard Portnow, Phil Lenkowski, Don Peoples, Teresa L. Jones, and Paul Sparer

Composer: John Sutherland

Air Date: 2/22/1987

 

Overview

Tales from the Darkside Everybody Needs a Little LoveFollowing a recent divorce, a lonely drunk known as Curtis (Richard Portnow) falls in love with a mannequin named Estelle (Teresa L. Jones). Meanwhile, Curtis’ friend Roberts (Jerry Orbach) grows increasingly concerned over the mental state of his fellow alcoholic.

A noir piece with a supernatural twist, this episode should appeal to classic film enthusiasts and horror fans alike. “Everybody Needs a Little Love” may also evoke praise for its haunting atmosphere, chilling (albeit brief) gore effects, and clever use of the power of suggestion.

 

Pros

Though heavy on exposition, the flashbacks of the main character benefit from a neo-noir style—similar to “You, Murderer,” a Tales from the Crypt episode aboutTales from the Darkside Everybody Needs a Little Love a slick criminal who, after disguising himself as Humphrey Bogart, conveys a tale of theft, murder, and romance to the audience.

Also worth commending is the performance of Richard Portnow, who, by acting in a dangerous and irrational manner, offers a realistic portrayal of obsession during his interactions with Jerry Orbach.

 

Cons

In addition to its predictable nature, the twist ending of this episode is marred by a disturbing lack of justice.

 

Analysis

Tales from the Darkside Everybody Needs a Little LoveBy blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, “Everybody Needs a Little Love” demonstrates how obsessive tendencies can warp the human mind beyond repair.

 

Concluding Comments

Based on a short story by Psycho author Robert Bloch, “Everybody Needs a Little Love” is a unique and poignant episode of Tales from the Darkside. The final scene of this offering may, however, perturb those with a strong sense of fair treatment.

 

Overall Quality: 7/10

 

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