Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)
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The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers 

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An intelligent, fearless boy living in a superstitious Transylvanian village goes out into the world to figure out what everyone else is afraid of, "the shivers". The king hires him to rid the castle of ghosts and evil spirits.

Director:

Graeme Clifford

Writer:

Bruce Franklin Singer (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dana Hill ... Princess Amanda
Christopher Lee ... King Vladimir V
Peter MacNicol ... Martin
David Warner ... Zandor, the Inkeeper
Jeff Corey ... Father
Jack Riley ... Sexton / Deacon
Gary Springer ... Older Brother
Frank Zappa ... Attilla
Vincent Price ... Narrator (voice)
Gary Schwartz ... Headless Man
David McCharen David McCharen ... Gargoyle / Horrible Man #1
Mitchel Evans Mitchel Evans ... Horrible Man #2 (as Mitchell Young Evans)
Roy Johns Roy Johns ... The Mums
Albie Selznick ... The Mums
Nathan Stein Nathan Stein ... The Mums

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An intelligent, fearless boy living in a superstitious Transylvanian village goes out into the world to figure out what everyone else is afraid of, "the shivers". The king hires him to rid the castle of ghosts and evil spirits.

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6 January 2019 | by popculturethoughtsSee all my reviews

Another strong, effective episode of Shelley Duvall's beloved family show, this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale is the closest the show has ever gotten to horror, and it's riveting to watch. Many previous episodes (like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Hansel and Gretel") have flirted with horror iconography but here it's overt and gleeful. The sets and special effects are charmingly ornate while the sound effects are used to constantly remind the audience of the potential for various supernatural happenstances. Peter MacNicol is perfectly cast in the title role and he shares many funny, charming moments with genre superstar Christopher Lee.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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