16 February 2010 | ctomvelu1
Hit or miss
DARK REALMS has been running again on Chiller. Eric Roberts was the (mostly ineffective) host of this short-lived horror/fantasy anthology series. Some episodes were downright silly, like the one about a tiger biting a lady -- in an office, mind you. Others were more convincing like the one about a guy who must face all the people he wronged in life and another about two brothers trapped in a house party that isn't quite what it seems. Problem is, the series, like TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE before it, was shot on the ultracheap with as few sets and actors as possible. And as little action as possible. And no special effects to speak of. And it shows, even in the best episodes. This is no "Tales From The Crypt" or "Twilight Zone," although heaven knows it tried to be. And it was a Canadian job to boot, which should tell you plenty. Only THE X-FILES could get away with being a Canadian job (notice how badly that show fell off when it relocated to L.A.).