Danny (Patrick Breen) is a handsome museum curator who is cheating on his fiancee, Edwina, with a floozy blond waitress, Cheryl. Edwina stumbles upon Danny attempting to have sex with Cheryl in a basement gallery that's under construction. All three are unintentionally locked in for the night by the staff. Danny accidentally wakens a 3,000-year-old Incan mummy witch (Pamela Dean Kelly) after exposing it to a bloody handkerchief. The mummy was rejected by her lover in the past, and now seeks vengeance on all male lotharios.
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.
Wealthy young oilman Nash (Marc McClure) and his new bride Portia (Lydia Cornell) arrive in an expensive, underground honeymoon suite in a posh hotel. The bed is a hammock in the shape of a spider's web. Nash throws himself on the bed, and discovers it is a huge spider's web. The couple try to free themselves before the web's owner arrives.
A young man named Louis is in the hospital with a concussion after a bad automobile accident. His mother is in the same hospital suffering from cancer, and according to the family doctor, Dr. Hubbard (Orson Bean), her prognosis is poor. In the night, Louis goes to see his mother and discovers a giant bug-like creature inserting larva into his mother's body. Louis begins to believe that cancer is really the creature's offspring. Louis discovers his doctor might also be a creature in disguise, and that the creatures are attacking his hospital roommate (who also suffers from cancer). Is it a hallucination, or reality? If reality, how can he fight these awful things?
Allison and Max are students studying anthropology, including tribes who believe that dreams indicate what a person's soul is really like. Allison is infatuated with the dead handsome movie star Tony Sterling (Mitchell Whitfield), and out of the blue he reappears and pledges his love for Allison. Max can't believe it, and goes to see Sterling's old agent, Faye Ingram (Kaye Ballard). She reveals that Tony was a Satanist. But there's more to Tony than just being resurrected, and Max tries to save Allison.
Howard and Fredrick are two friends living in New England. One night, as they play chess during a horrible thunderstorm, a local man named Henry Wells appears at their door. Wells says his brain has been eaten, and sure enough he has a hole in his temple and his brain is missing. But he's alive and talking. Wells tells the two men about a craft wreathed in light which landed near the town, and about being attacked by a "thing" that ate his brain. Wells finally dies, and an alien begins speaking to the two men through Wells' body. The alien says it is coming for them, and the two men must figure out how to survive.
Mr. Ross (George D. Wallace) is an elderly man newly arrived at a retirement home. Nurse Sheila Brewer (Barbara Billingsley) helps him get a room. That night, the Grim Reaper (Curt Lowens) appears. Ross makes a deal: More life, but in return he has to deliver many deaths. After the Grim Reaper reappears several times to warn him to hold up his end of the bargain, Ross begins killing people. He also falls in love with Nurse Brewer. But Ross isn't the only one in the nursing home to have made a deal with Death.
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...
Lonely bookstore owner Sarah (Kim Greist) is desperate to attract handsome customer Joe (Kevin Geer). She dials a number for a beauty ad in a 50-year-old magazine. Carmen (Sharon Sharth, appearing here as "Sharon Schlarth"), a young woman with a deformed face, arrives and offers Sarah a chance to become beautiful—for a price. Sarah leaps at the chance, becomes beautiful, and adopts the new name "Mandy." But is Mandy the person Joe really wants? Sarah finds there's a price to pay for beauty.
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.
Officer Mancini (Tony Shalhoub) and Officer Parkhurst bring a homeless man with no arms to the Inspector (Clifton James). They report that they have been running into many people, each one missing a different body part. But none of them show signs of surgery, and all of them had these body parts a few days earlier. They also report that they've seen a man seemingly assembled out of mis-matched body parts. Oddly, the Inspector doesn't seem too concerned, and offers to show the two what's really going on.
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.
Hollywood horror screenwriter Buzz Hunkle (Richard Belzer) is assigned by producer Leo Tandoski (Shelley Berman) to work with a co-writer, Vicki, on a new werewolf movie. The outline is about a movie studio CEO named Billy who is a werewolf, and about a heroic producer named Leo who unmasks him. Studio CEO Billy Mariner arrives in Buzz's office and announces he's financing picture. Buzz and Vicki fight over the script. That night, they hear screams and wolf howls out on the studio back lot. They discover Leo's dead body and a werewolf running amok. But Leo warned them that there's more to the "movie" outline than there seems, and Buzz has to unravel the mystery.
Ma (Bobo Lewis) and Pa (George Hall) let a traveling salesman, Howard Filby (Soupy Sales), into their home during a terrible thunderstorm. He's permitted to spend the night, but must share a room on the second floor with their daughter, Lucy. Lucy has a beautiful voice, but Filby can only see her in silhouette through a bedsheet dividing their room. When he convinces Lucy to lower the sheet, she turns out to be just as beautiful he expected. But Lucy demands commitment from her lovers, and harbors a horrific secret.
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