Original Story by Steven Barnes
Directed by B. W. L. Norton
Original Airdate - November 8, 1985
Adrienne Barbeau - Ms. Peters
Adam Postil - Wizard
Miguel Nunez - Trojan
Josh Richman - Fury
Fred Morsell - Hugh Costin
Brian Robbins - 12th Grader
Sarah Partridge - Student Teacher
Richard Brainard - Younger Brother
Susanne Sasson - Jennifer
Al Christy - Security Guard
Noelle Harling - Amanda



A dedicated teacher at an old, inner-city school is possessed by the demon of the school during a student fight.  The demon is the cause of all the turmoil and violence in the building. She begins to get tough on the kids in her class, and a group of local delinquents don't like it.

One of them tries to teach her a lesson, and while defending herself the demon takes over. When she has the kid down on the ground and is close to killing him, she sees her hideous reflection in a mirror and backs away, running into an electrical box on the wall. The electricity kills the demon and she is herself again. The boy helps her up and they walk out.  They may not quite be friends, but at least they are no longer enemies.



I've always liked this episode.  It's another of those borderline stories that could be cliché if not handled right, and it really isn't in some cases.  You have your standard stock of 80's high school kids, with big hair and lots of jewelry, in a school in a bad neighborhood. The only reason to watch this episode is to see just how good an actress Adrienne Barbeau is.  She electrifies every aspect of the story, and her performance is the reason it works.  Once she's possessed by the demon, she is completely vicious but also compelling in a sly, illuminating way, and a delight to watch.  When she turns on her class and growls to a student, her voice oily and low, "What's on your tiny little mind?", she's radiates a command of the situation that her plain self just doesn't have. The other students leap to attention, so they're not treated the same way. You see the sad realization on the teacher's face, that violence gets more respect than kindness. 

The effects in this episode are another reason to watch it.  The demon of the building, a gargoyle that sits over the entrance to the school, is done well.  It glows when asserting its influence on the kids, and when the student fight causes the teacher to come under its gaze, the effect showing her possession is effective as well.