Stills above are from A Case of the Stubborns, the televised episode based on Robert Bloch’s short story. It aired on December 2, 1984 as episode 9 during season 1 of Tales from the Darkside. (See link after the story…)*
When a crusty old man like Grandpa didn’t believe he was dead, it took more than medical science, and a lot less than most people would think, to convince him otherwise . . . a delightfully creepy story by the author of Psycho.
The morning after he died, Grandpa come downstairs for breakfast.
It kind of took us by surprise.
Ma looked at Pa, Pa looked at little sister Susie, and Susie looked at me. Then we all just set there looking at Grandpa.
“What’s the matter?” he said. “Why you all staring at me like that?”
Nobody said, but I knowed the reason. Only been last night since all of us stood by his bedside when he was took by his attack and passed away right in front of our very eyes. But here he was, up and dressed and feisty as ever.
“What’s for breakfast?” he said.
Ma sort of gulped. “Don’t tell me you fixing to eat?”
“Course I am. I’m nigh starved.”
Ma looked at Pa, but he just rolled his eyes. Then she went and hefted the skillet from the stove and dumped some eggs on a plate.
“That’s more like it,” Grandpa told her. “But don’t I smell sausages?”
Ma got Grandpa some sausage. The way he dug into it, they sure was nothing wrong with his appetite.
After he started on seconds, Grandpa took heed of us staring at him again.
“How come nobody else is eating?” he asked.
“We ain’t hungry,” Pa said. And that was the gospel truth.