Darkroom (TV series)

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Directed by Jeffrey Bloom
Peter Crane (director)
Curtis Harrington
Paul Lynch (director)
Rick Rosenthal
Narrated by James Coburn
Opening theme David Shire
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 7 (16 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Peter S. Fischer
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) Universal Television
Original network ABC
Original release November 27, 1981 (1981-11-27) – January 15, 1982 (1982-01-15)

Darkroom is an American television thriller anthology produced by Universal Television which aired on ABC from November 27, 1981 to January 15, 1982. As an anthology horror/thriller series it was similar in style to Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Each 60-minute episode featured two or more stories of varying length with a new story and a new cast, but each of the episode wraparound segments was hosted by James Coburn. Among the performers who appeared on the series were Steve Allen, Esther Rolle, Helen Hunt, Claude Akins, Richard Anderson, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Carole Cook, David Carradine, Billy Crystal, Pat Buttram, Brian Dennehy, Lawrence Pressman, Dub Taylor, Rue McClanahan, Lloyd Bochner, Ronny Cox, R. G. Armstrong, and June Lockhart.

Opening narration[edit]

The title sequence featured a dolly-in through the corridors of a house to a safe-lighted darkroom in a crawlspace under the stairs. James Coburn's voice could be heard over this dolly-in, narrating it as follows:

As Coburn's voiceover reached the point with "no escape...nowhere to turn," the camera turned toward various walls and closed doors.

Film offshoot[edit]

Four segments initially conceived for this series were deemed too intense for television and ended up used in the theatrical motion picture anthology Nightmares.[1] When Darkroom was canceled in 1982, Universal Pictures combined the four outstanding segments and released Nightmares in September 1983.[2]


The Sci Fi Channel aired the show in the mid-1990s, including the pilot episode. USA Network also reran the show at one point in the 1980s.


List of Darkroom episodes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2013). Horror Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Slashers, Vampires, Zombies, Aliens, and More. FAQ. Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. ISBN 978-1557839503. 
  2. ^ "Terror Tuesday: Nightmares". Alama Drafthouse Cinema. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 

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