NIGHMARE CAFÉ starring Robert Englund


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Nightmare Cafe is a short-lived American telefantasy program which aired on NBC for an abridged first season from January to April 1992. While the overall tone of the program was that of a mystical fantasy, it frequently incorporated elements of dark humor, horror, and even outright comedy. A total of six episodes were produced before low ratings led to its cancellation

Creator Wes Craven's original concept for the series involved standalone episodes akin to The Twilight Zone or Amazing Stories, but with regular characters bookending the tales ("like Twilight Zone meets Cheers", as Craven often said in interviews). NBC gave Craven the green light, but when he prepared to write the pilot, he realized that he wanted the regular characters to also be the main characters. Despite the show being retooled before the pilot was even written, contemporary critics still often referred to Nightmare Cafe as a "supernatural/horror anthology" series.

Nightmare Cafe broadly concerns the inhabitants of the titular otherworldly café: mysterious proprietor Blackie, sarcastic but good-hearted cook Frank, and insecure yet gutsy waitress Fay. During the show's limited run, the origins of the café were never revealed, but it has the power to materialize in any location, and seems to be sentient on some level (in one episode, it refuses to allow Frank to enter until he apologizes to it). The café s usually situated by a waterfront; when it changes its location, its inhabitants realize that they are about to be given a mission. 


Pilot (29 January 1992)
Frank Nolan and Fay Peronivic find themselves mysteriously drawn to an all-night
Café following a surreal brush with death. Guest starring: John DiAquino, Bill Croft, Joan Chen

Dying Well is the Best Revenge (6 March 1992)
When Frank gets involved with a married woman whose husband is very
possessive, Fay worries for his safety. Guest starring: Beth Toussaint, Justin Deas

Fay & Ivy (13 March 1992)
Fay's younger sister Ivy comes to the city to visit her, but trouble comes along in the form of her scummy boyfriend Jesse.  Guest starring: Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge, Penny Fuller

The Heart of the Mystery (20 March 1992)
The café slows down time in order to enable a detective to find the answer to an unsolved murder before his death by gunshot.  Guest starring: Timothy Carhart, Denis Forest, Laura Mae Tate

Sanctuary for a Child (27 March 1992)
The café brings Frank back to his hometown, where he befriends a boy whose comatose body lies in the town hospital. Guest starring: Vondie Curtis-Hall, Brandon Adams, Angela Bassett

Aliens Ate My Lunch (3 April 1992)
When a desperate tabloid writer concocts a story about a small-town alien invasion, his simple lie snowballs out of his control.  Guest starring: Bobby Slayton, Jimmy Briscoe, Kevin Thompson, Arturo Gil, Don S. Davis








NIGHMARE CAFÉ starring Robert  Englund
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