It has been a huge struggle to find the time or energy to watch films this October, which is a bummer. The following entries represent all I was able to get through over the entirety of last week. 4 episodes and 1 film. I started watching the film 4 times before I was actually able to complete it. And even then I had to skip back and watch a bit in the middle that I had dozed off during. Hardly the ideal way to watch a film, but it's honestly that or nothing... 7. Tales from the Darkside S01E04: Pain Killer (Armand Mastroianni, 1984) Another thin slice of macabre. Nothing particularly noteworthy, but as entertaining as the others for the most part. Mastroianni doesn't really get the opportunity to distinguish himself here, which was a little disappointing following He Knows You're Alone. Although I remember watching The Killing Hour many years ago and not caring much for it either, so maybe he used up all his juice on that one picture? 8. Assignment Terror (Tulio Demicheli, 1970) The second of Naschy's Waldemar Daninsky werewolf films (or 3rd, depending on whether one counts The Nights of the Wolfman, which apparently was either unfinished or lost following it's production in 1968 - sounds like a Jess Franco movie to me). Despite having several failed starts, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Naschy is great, making soulful eyes at the beautiful alien lady played by Karin Dor, then ripping people to shreds in his Wolf Man form. There's a ton of monster mayhem going on, and the plot doesn't make too much sense, but it all adds up to a lot of fun. The scene were The Wolf Man fights The Mummy on a giant hamster wheel is fantastic and worth the price of the disc in itself. 9. Tales from the Darkside S01E05: The Odds (James Steven Sadwith, 1984) I enjoyed this episode (and the 2 that followed it) more than any of the other ones I've seen so far. Danny Aiello (in an amusing and somewhat prescient fat suit) and Tom Noonan are both fantastic, and the story is compelling and interesting. I noticed some really effective score music throughout this one too. 10. Tales from the Darkside S01E06: Mookie and Pookie (Timna Ranon, 1984) So apparently Tales from the Darkside also does the occasional heartwarming episode? Witness this lovely tale of a scrabble-playing family that is reunited thanks to their son's god-like computer skills. Tippi Hedrin costars. 11. Tales from the Darkside S01E07: Slippage (Michael Gornick, 1984) I wasn't sure what to expect given the title of this episode...but it sounded half-way dirty. Never fear, it's actually the tale of a young artist who slowly (or not-so-slowly, given the time constraints of the television format) begins to disappear from the world around him. It's possibly the most interesting and novel concept I've seen on the show so far, and it really works. Great episode.