Dark Realm (2001 series)

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Summary

"Hear evil, speak evil, see evil." A forgettable (and non-Lovecraftian) horror anthology series in the spirit of Tales from the Darkside or Night Visions.

Details

  • Release Date: 2001
  • Country/Language: Canada/USA/France, English
  • Genres/Technical: Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Fantasy, Anthology
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour commercial television slot)
  • Starring: (various), hosted by Eric Roberts
  • Director: (various)
  • Writer: (various)
  • Producer/Production Co: Isle of Man Film, Warner Bros. Television
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDb page: (link)
  • Wikipedia page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps TV-PG for mild, network TV-friendly Violence and Adult Content?)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • s____ (One Half Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian, at best)

Included only for the sake of completeness, as there doesn't seem to have been much about this show that might be called "Lovecraftian".

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • IMDb User Reviews - (link)
  • Y.Whateley - "Appears to have been a mostly harmless but tepid and forgettable horror anthology series, and only one or two episodes stood out to me after viewing the single season made of this show one or two times - its worst crime was being both bad AND boring, and I remember the rambling, mumbled non-sequitur introductions given by the well-meaning but poorly-cast host typically being the best part of the series; certainly, I don't remember anything even vaguely "Lovecraftian" about it (though your mileage may vary), and I'm only including it in this wiki for the sake of completeness to save anyone else the effort of trying to pick it apart for Lovecraft references."

Synopses of Suggested Episodes

  • "She's the One" (Ep. 1x02) - A man tries to rescue his beauty-obsessed girlfriend from undergoing extensive plastic surgery at a sinister spa. (I remember this as the "stand-out" episode for this series and the only episode that I actually found disturbing, but it wasn't very "Lovecraftian".)
  • "Emma's Boy" (Ep. 1x11) - A couple expecting their first child pays a visit to the wife's ancestral land and encounter a sinister cult with plans for the unborn baby. (I don't remember this episode, but the ancestral land and cult themes perhaps have some promise....)


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

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Keeper Notes

  • "She's the One" - might serve as the basis for one of those "non-Mythos" scenarios that some Keepers keep looking for: the investigators are hired to find a missing woman who was last seen seeking plastic surgery in her quest to become a fashion model, and clues point to her suffering a fate worse than death at the hands of a sinister "extreme make-over" surgical cult.
  • "Emma's Boy" - I don't remember anything about the episode itself, but the synopsis sounds promising: the investigators answer a call for help from a young husband visiting his wife's creepy Ruritanian homeland, where a ghoulish local cult has plans for the wife and her unborn (and possibly not entirely human) child...