Cara Raymond (Juliet Mills) is inspecting a mining outpost on a hostile alien world for a big company. The outpost is manned by Sebastian, a man who was dying of an incurable disease. "The company" offers to bioengineer anyone who is dying, wipe their memories, and give them a second chance at life. Only, under the law, the bioeningeered people are not considered human any more, and are put to work on unbearably hot planets with poisonous atmospheres (where they are the only beings who can live there without a spacesuit). Raymond demands that Sebastian get his mining quota back on schedule, but Sebastian says he's hearing alien voices. She warns him that if the project is shut down, the company has the right to kill him. Sebastian and Cara debate the importance of life, work, friendship, and belonging. He accuses Cara of being less than human herself due to her obsessive dedication to her work. Sebastian also harbors a deeper secret, one which involves Cara.
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.
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.
A paraplegic mother (Elizabeth Franz) worries about her daughter, Sheila (Finn Carter), who is married to Nelson (Tom Gilroy), a physically abusive man. The mother reveals that she has developed a melon whose juice is a miracle drug. Nelson tries to steal one, but discovers the melons are protected by vicious "Brazilian blood worms." He manipulates Sheila into learning the secret of the melons (and the worms) from her mother, but there is much more to both the melons and a mother's protective instinct than he realizes.
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.
Conjoined twins James (David L. Lander) and Robert (Keith MacKechnie) Self constantly fight with one another. James' girlfriend, Elegy, brings in noted psychiatrist Dr. Blackman (Rich Hall) to help them get along. The Self brothers quickly discover they have a common enemy in Dr. Blackman.
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?
Sherrie (Mary Cadorette), a construction foreman, leads worker Phil (Jeff Conaway) and his buddy into the basement of an office building to find a fellow worker whom she believes is goofing off. They find him dead, but also discover that he'd broken through the basement wall and into a cave full of gold. But the gold is guarded by a deadly troll (Debbie Lee Carrington).
Tom Solo (Kent McCord) is a greedy archeologist who has a bored, beautiful wife, Vanessa (Teri Copley). An old Native American woman brings them the statue of a Native American rain god, and tells them that the "rain dance" would make it rain so long as the Indians sacrificed a person to the rain god. But in time, the tribe's materialistic greed caused the rain god to turn everything to stone. She warns the two against selling artifacts for profit, and departs. The Solos scoff at her prophecy, an attitude the rain god doesn't like.
Mad scientist Willard Wingite (Meat Loaf) owns a plantation on a small Caribbean island. He's developed a serum that keeps dead bodies alive, and is harvesting the body of dead guerrilla leader Adam (Frank Tarsia) for his clients: Football player Joe (Franco Harris), who has a bad knee torch singer Regina Wells, who has lost her voice because of too much cigarette smoking and developer J.J. Marshall, who was blind. But Adam wants his parts back.
Wendy (Julie Brown) and Louis (Kevin Nealon) are parents to a baby, Eric. Eric's quite a handful, however, and meat delivery boy Teddy (David Spade) is bringing food to the house every day. The audience learns after just a few minutes that Eric is violent, eats only meat, likes to start fires, and is a monster with 37 fully formed, sharp teeth. Louis says that Eric can tell that Wendy isn't bonding with him, and that's why he's such a problem child. They call in Babs (Peggy Rea), an older woman, for advice. But it's only when a serial killer gets into the house that Wendy learns how important her relationship with Eric can be.
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?
Thomas, a dying man, has a greedy wife, Jessica (Linda Thorson), who wants him to die as soon as possible so that she can get her hands on his money. Thomas' nephew, David (Dan Butler), wants to stop Jessica from securing his uncle's signature on an agreement to tear down a homeless shelter and construct an office building. On Christmas Eve, Thomas' doctor (Mason Adams) warns Jessica that she should change her ways or be visited by horrific spirits.
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