From modern-day fables of fear, to stories that uncover the trembling terrors of times past, each episode of this acclaimed series harbors a terrible secret — its very own gruesome monster to haunt your dreams in tales of mystery, suspense and imagination.
Art buyer Roger Darcy (Beeson Carroll) is introduced to gallery owner Hubert Pocock (Darren McGavin). The gallery features some life-sized, three-dimensional sculptures of missing people in tormented positions, hanging on the walls. Darcy discovers that one sculpture is of his missing daughter, Penny. Darcy suspects that Pocock is a serial killer, and attempts to play a psychological mind game with him that will induce Pocock to reveal the truth. But the truth is much worse than Darcy knows.
A young woman named Angela (Melba Moore) is cleaning out the home of her grandmother who died after 30 years as a recluse. Angela's husband, Jack (Frankie Faison), doesn't pay much attention to her. In the basement of the house, Angela discovers a grotesque vegetable—a mandrake root—with her grandmother's ring on it. She pricks her finger on the plant while removing the ring, and discovers the next day that the root has turned into a tall, handsome, muscular, sexually irresistible man (Byron Minns). But the mandrake needs a steady supply of blood, and Angela not only learns what happened to her grandfather but also the horrible secret of the mandrake.
Mr. Hallet (Fritz Weaver) runs a general store and hotel near a swamp. A private investigator, Jack Bateman (Richard Edson), is looking for a missing woman last seen at the hotel. He meets beautiful Ann Spiros (Gina Gershon) and her loutish but wealthy husband, George (Ed Kovens), and is immediately attracted to her. Hallet is selling monsters he stores in large Mason jars. When released in the light, the creature attacks, kills, and in seconds devours the victim before itself dissolving. Ann uses just such a creature to kill her husband, allowing her and Bateman to have a night of intense passion. But can two unethical people trust one another?
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