Twisted Tales (1996 series)

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Scene from "Arkham Curios and Wonders" episode of Creating Twisted Tales (1996 series)...

Twisted Tales (1996) AKA Twisted; Two Twisted (2005)


"Truth is a matter of perspective...." Twisted Tales is an Australian television anthology and mystery drama, each episode of the series contains a twist ending. Each episode was narrated by Bryan Brown, who also produced the follow-up series, Two Twisted, a similar television mystery anthology (and sometimes fantasy and horror) drama in which each episode of the series contains two short half-hour stories that have a twist ending and a minor link or connection between the two tales (such as a background character or prop).


  • Release Date: 1996 (Twisted Tales), 2005 (Two Twisted)
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy (black humor), Anthology
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 60-minute commercial television slot)
  • Starring: (various), hosted by Bryan Brown
  • Director: (various)
  • Writer: (various)
  • Producer/Production Co: Bryan Brown, Nine Network Australia, South Star Sales, The Australian Film Commission
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent of a TV-14 for Violence, Profanity, and Adult Content?)

Tentacle Ratings

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

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Most of the stories are crime/mystery/thriller type stories of murder, scheming, crime, and revenge with darkly comedic plot twists at the end, with the occasional story about clones or androids, and one or two supernatural horror/fantasy stories, so the two programs as a whole (particularly Twisted Tales) is not "Lovecraftian", but one episode of the spin-off series has a sort of "Lovecraftian" reference in the form of "Arkham Curios & Wonders", a shop which sells magical/cursed gimmicks in comic book advertisements, which produce results that would fit right into any humorous "Lovecraftian" horror story.

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


Review Links:

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  • Episodes of Two Twisted of "Lovecraftian" interest:
    • "Arkham's Curios and Wonders" (2005) - Granddad is slowly dying and refuses to recognise his daughter. However, he gets on well with his grandson who seems to have suddenly obtained strange powers and doesn't want him to die.
    • "A Date With Doctor D" (2005) – Rolly Schwartz thinks it's just another average morning until he discovers the nightmare lurking in his bedroom closet. His associate doesn't make anything easier.
    • "Saviour" (2005) – A woman whose daughter is ageing rapidly due to a rare disease devotes her whole life to finding a cure. She may have found one in the blood of a mysterious prisoner, but when she applies the cure to her daughter things start to go wrong...


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • "Arkham Curios & Wonders":
    • business: "Arkham Curios & Wonders" novelty/joke shop
    • race: Body Snatcher
    • race: Deadite
    • artefacts: assorted comic-book novelties, such as X-Ray Glasses, Hypno-Disc, Dracula's Tomb, Magic Cards, Shrunken Head, Real Spy Camera, Miniature Monkey, Voodoo Doll, Pirate Treasure Chest, Grow-Your-Own-Monster kit, etc.
    • film: compare to the episode "It's a Good Life" from Twilight Zone (1959 series)

Keeper Notes