Nightmare Cafe (1992– )
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Aliens Ate My Lunch 

When a desperate tabloid writer concocts a story about a small-town alien invasion, his simple lie snowballs out of his control.


Wes Craven


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Episode cast overview:
Bobby Slayton ... Harry Tambor
Jimmy Briscoe Jimmy Briscoe ... Earl / Earth
Kevin Thompson ... Fred / Fire
Arturo Gil ... Winston / Wind
Don S. Davis ... Sheriff Dan Filcher
Jack Coleman ... Frank Nolan
Lindsay Frost ... Fay Peronivic
Robert Englund ... Blackie
Scott Swanson Scott Swanson ... Editor
Stephen E. Miller ... Deputy
Suzie Payne Suzie Payne ... Drugstore Mum
Adrien Dorval ... Elmore
Smitty Smith Smitty Smith ... Hardware Codger
John R. Taylor ... Station Farmer


When a desperate tabloid writer concocts a story about a small-town alien invasion, his simple lie snowballs out of his control.

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3 April 1992 (USA) See more »

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[last lines]
Blackie: [narrating] Funny how things work out sometimes. There's a kind of relieve when the chickens come home to roost, the cows are back in the barn and just plain folks like you and me admit that the most scary aliens of all don't come from the stars above, but from the darkness of the space within. But from within that darkness, no matter how deep, there will always be at least one light burning in the windows of a little place called "The Nightmare Café".
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Alternate Versions

The scene where Harry Tambor uncovers "The Special" intended for Sheriff Dan Filcher is cut from the episode as shown on Chiller, though he still recommends against ordering The Special to Earl, Winston, and Fred. The scene still exists in the series opening. See more »

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Nightmare Cafe: Aliens Ate My Lunch
2 September 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nightmare Cafe: Aliens Ate My Lunch (1992)

Wes Craven helped produce and write the "Nightmare Cafe" series, which aired on NBC but was canceled after just six episodes due to poor ratings. Craven stepped up as director on the sixth episode, which like the previous five were narrated by Robert Englund who also played a brief part here.

The story has a conspiracy reporter arriving in a small town where he decides to tell the locals that various aliens have been spotted in the area. He plants the idea in everyone's head and then gives them some fake evidence, which turns out to be his downfall when the people take his lies as the truth.

This is the only episode I've seen in the series so I can't judge the entire thing but if they're anything like this then I'm really not overly fond in checking them out. It's clear that this here wanted to be something like The Twilight Zone and while there are some good moments, for the most part the episode is rather forgettable. Craven does a nice job with the atmosphere and keeping the film at a very silly, low-key level. However, there's really nothing overly funny here and I'd argue that nothing really stands out either. Englund plays two small roles here and is good in both but even he can't save it.

Episode: C+

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