A dying elderly archeologist (Leif Garrett) begs his tomboy archeologist daughter "Jake" to reveal to him the location of an ancient Native American spring rumored to be the Fountain of Youth. She does, but they are confronted by an Indian shaman (Nick Ramus) who tells the old man about the terrible price to be paid to achieve youth and immortality. The old man thinks he's paid once he's killed his daughter, but there is another payment yet to come.
Alex (Raphael Sbarge) is a college student who received a blow to the head a few days before, and now everything he dreams of starts to come true: His book attacks him, a phantom train passes outside his dormitory room, and a chair drips blood. He can't leave his room, so his girlfriend Megan (Sarah G. Buxton, appearing as "Sarah Buxton") asks Kyle, a professor in paranormal studies, to offer advice. Kyle suggests that Alex enter the dream world and confront his dream self.
Sid Dolan (Abe Vigoda) and Kirby (Brad Greenquist) have kidnapped rich kid Jeffrey and taken him to an unheated mountain hideaway in the snow. While searching the basement for warm blankets, they discover a monstrous, furry Beast (Carlos Lauchu) in the cellar. Dolan wounds it with his gun, and then the kidnappers chain boy and beast next to one another in the basement. The Beast makes telepathic contact with Jeffrey, explaining he is a good being who can shape-shift. Jeffrey and the Beast learn that they are to be killed. The Beast offers Jeffrey a way out, but the choice is gruesome.
A down-on-his-luck man named Mack (Philip Anglim) takes refuge in an abandoned hotel and runs into alcoholic magician J.J. "Freddy" Fredericks (Eddie Bracken). Freddy can make anything appear, but it always turns out wrong: The drink is sour, the food tastes awful, a rocking chair rocks side to side instead of front to back. Mack believes that Freddy's alcoholism prevents him from making better things. Mack takes away Freddy's booze. But a guy suffering from the DTs will begin seeing things...
Dr. Elizabeth Porter (Carol Lynley) has been experimenting heavily on lab rats, under the theory that subjecting them to environmental stress will cause their intelligence to rise. A new member of her team, Dr. Robert Winston (Victor Raider-Wexler), arrives to help with the experiment. But when a lab worker dies, it's clear the rats are learning a lot more than anyone suspects.
Greta (Anne Meara) and Victor (Jerry Stiller) have a daughter, Anya (Amy Stiller), who is about to marry Stanley (Robert Clohessy). The audience learns that this is a family of werewolves. Victor is opposed to his daughter's marriage because Stanley is a were-hyena. Nosy neighbor Mrs. Peabody suspects something is wrong with her new neighbors. Can Stanley save his bride's family?
Angie (Annie Corley) is a woman whose husband died a year and a half ago. She recently began dating a man named Warren (Michael O'Gorman). While her teenage daughter Terri is happy for her mother, her awkward young son Neil is not. Neil also has new glasses which he doesn't like, and continues to wear his old ones. When Neil meets Warren for the first time, his old glasses allow him to see Warren's true form: A reptilian monster with needle-like teeth who feeds off the emotions of human beings (killing them over time). But since no one else can see Warren's true form, how can Neil save his family?
A sorcerer in another dimension, Arturus (Richard Moll), accidentally summons an earthly accountant named Arthur rather than the demon he was seeking. To avoid a lifetime in a cage, Arthur decides to summon his own demon in an attempt to free himself from Arturus' control. But he, too, only manages to summon a dimensional counterpart (Eddie Deezen). Now two accountants have to work together to stop the sorcerer and free themselves.
A woman (Lili Taylor) enters a plain room with a glowing blue triangular table in the middle. In a long monologue, she reveals that she and the "other party" have agreed that she will spend nine months in the room, in exchange for whatever she wants. She's being watched by someone (the audience, at times, sees her through the watcher's eyes). Without anyone to interact with, however, she starts to slowly go insane. But who is the other party, and why is this happening?
Howie (Tom Noonan) is addicted to television quiz shows, and always gets the answer right. His wife (Alice Playten) goes out for ice cream while Howie watches his shows. Hearing a noise, Howie see an incredibly long, bony finger poking up out of the drain of his bathroom sink. Terrified because he doesn't know how such a thing could be happening, Howie ignores the frightening thing. His wife returns from the store and sees nothing. That night, Howie finds he can't go to the bathroom without the finger poking up out of the drain at him. As Howie tries to destroy the finger, first with drain cleaner and then a hedge trimmer, the finger attacks him and becomes longer and longer. But every finger is attached to a hand...
The father of Ellen (Karen Sillas) and her sister, May, died some time ago, and May has started living in the family's broken-down, bug-infested cabin. While visiting May, Ellen discovers that May has a handsome new lover named Peter and that May is pregnant. May is due to give birth soon, but is having severe abdominal pains. Peter seduces Ellen, who has always been competitive with May (but has long denied it). Both the truth about Peter and his reason for seducing Ellen soon become clear.
Benjamin O'Connell (John Saxon) travels with his son John (Christian LeBlanc) and John' new wife, Katharine (Lisa Waltz), to an empty motel in the mountains where Benjamin and his own wife spent their honeymoon 20 years before. That night, John gets up in the dark, goes into a nearby room, and disappears. Benjamin confesses to Katharine that he cheated on his wife on his wedding night with a beautiful woman in "the dark room," and agreed to give her a child in exchange for his own freedom. Over the years, Benjamin ran into the woman hundreds of times, and met her "nightmare child" many times as well. Benjamin eventually realized that the door to "the dark room" only appears in the dark. He's learned to avoid the nightmare woman by always turning on lights. Now John's been trapped by the woman in "the dark room," but Benjamin refuses to save his son. Instead, Katharine must find a way to do so.
Astronomer Dr. Thomas Becker (Troy Donahue) is upset that his graduate student, Paula, hasn't been to class. Paula reveals that she's made contact with an alien species, but the source of the communication seems to be so nearby. This means a ship must be in orbit. Dr. Becker dismisses her claims, but is convinced of the truth after he speaks to "Gok" the alien. He begins to realize he might become world famous. Paula becomes suspicious of Gok's motives, and soon discovers just what Gok really is. But can she stop Dr. Becker in time?
Ray Bright (Morton Downey, Jr.) is a late-night "hate radio" talk show host who interviews Cassandra Lefkowitz (Julie Wilson), a psychic who can tell the future. She warns him that she had a vision of him in a dark room writhing in pain, but he dismisses her prediction. His next guest is the beautiful Amanda Smith-Jones (Laura Branigan), who says she was sexually assaulted by aliens. She shows Bright a cage, in which there is a horribly disfigured small creature which begs for help. The creature, she says, eats evil but can only do so when evil volunteers to be eaten. The ever-skeptical Bright isn't sure what to believe. Will he volunteer to test Amanda's claims?
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.
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