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What's the Matter with Kids?/Island of Horrors 

Famous children's-book author Stuart Wharton and his wife Margaret, who are childless, want to adopt the perfect offspring; Erica Nelson searches for her missing fiancé Dr. Richard Yates and faces terror from mad doctor Lewis Christophe.

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Don Weis

Writers:

Gene Levitt (creator), Jayne Meadows (story) | 3 more credits »
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Episode credited cast:
Ricardo Montalban ... Mr. Roarke
Hervé Villechaize ... Tattoo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Allen ... Stuart Wharton
Danielle Aubry Danielle Aubry ... Woman in Tweed
Christopher Connelly ... Dr. Richard Yates
Sebastian Dungan ... Boy / Patrick
Justin Henry ... Andy
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Erica Nelson
Randolph Mantooth ... Dr. Lewis Christophe
Jared Martin ... Dr. Christopher
Jayne Meadows ... Margaret Wharton (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
Cassandra Peterson ... Esther
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Famous children's-book author Stuart Wharton and his wife Margaret, who are childless, want to adopt the perfect offspring; Erica Nelson searches for her missing fiancé Dr. Richard Yates and faces terror from mad doctor Lewis Christophe.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1983 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Part Salem's Lot, part Night Stalker, and part Pac-Man
8 February 2016 | by stones78See all my reviews

If you've read my earlier reviews, you may or may not know that my preference for this show is the darker segments that appear, but not often enough for my appetite. The better and darker story here, called "Island of Horrors", was almost exactly what I hope for when watching this program. It had elements of horror, especially the eerie bright eyes of the "zombies", which almost looks like any vampire from "Salem's Lot", from 4 years earlier. The familiar faces here include Gayle Hunnicutt, Chris Connelly, Jared Martin, and a cameo from Cassandra Peterson, famously remembered as Elvira. Another cool scene had these things rising from their graves, which was both corny and creepy, but still was enough for me to recommend to a fan looking for the same creep factor as me. Lastly, the "Night Stalker" reference, although I'm not certain if this influenced this segment, was when Mr. Rourke mentions pouring a special type of salt into her man's mouth to cure him. The other story starred a real husband and wife team(Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows)as a couple looking for the "perfect" child, although it was Stuart(Allen)pushing this idea on his wife. An interesting note has this perfect child, played by Sebastian Dungan, actually married to a man in real life. I'm not so sure this is what Stuart had in mind as a "perfect" child. I thought Justin Henry did a decent job of playing "imperfect" Andy, who likes "Pac-Man", but who's not what Stuart really wants, but his wife certainly does. Andy has the Adam Rich haircut thing going on too, plus he's easy to feel pity for. Obviously, I prefer the earlier segment, but the latter one wasn't too shabby either.


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