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  • The Cameo:
    • Ray Walston as a comic-book creator in "Tales of the Undead".
    • Gary Frank, a long-time member of the famed Actor's Studio and star of the 70's TV series Sons and Daughters and Family, appears as the monstrous reporter-turned-serial-killer in "Double Exposure".
    • Character actor Val Avery in a rather moving performance as the brokendown, vengeful cop in "Badge of Honor."
    • Veteran actor Michael Constantine as Ryan's father in "Pipe Dream".
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    • Canadian supermodel Monika Schnarre appeared in "Face of Evil" as one of the models the villain kills and "Epitaph for a Lonely Soul" as the woobie-ish resurrected victim of the mortician.
    • Singer-actress Vanity starred in "Mesmer's Bauble".
    • Renowned actor Fritz Weaver (most known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dr. Josef Weiss in the 1978 TV miniseries Holocaust) stars as the Fallen Angel Asteroth in the two-parter "The Prophecies."
    • Veteran character actor Robert Ito appears as the samurai Tanaka in "Year of the Monkey".
    • Marj Dusay as the villainous psychic in "The Spirit of Television."
    • John Innes as the last doomed husband (though he gets rescued by Johnny) of the Human Sacrificing fertility cult in "The Tree of Life."
  • Casting Gag:
    • Among Val Avery's many roles are his turns on The Western TV series Bonanza and Rawhide, both of which cast him as a sheriff. The episode he appears in not only has him cast as a bitter and vengeful policeman whose glory days are long gone (and would thus fit in any number of Twilight of the Old West pieces), but revolves around an actual Old West sheriff's badge as the cursed artifact.
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    • Later reversed with Ryan's actor, John D. LeMay. Four years later after he left the show, he was one of the lead characters in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
    • Barclay Hope, previously playing Micki's fiance Lloyd, returns as the boyfriend of a deceased woman who is brought back from the dead by a mortician in "Epitaph for a Lonely Soul"; his appearance is not remarked on, but Micki is inordinately concerned for his welfare and very upset when he is murdered.
    • Similarly, the fact Wayne Best had appeared as both the original owner of "The Playhouse" and the mentalist in "Stick It in Your Ear" makes it rather amusing that his role as Brock in "Jack-in-the-Box" casts him as an old friend of Micki's never met prior to this.
  • The Cast Showoff: In "Badge of Honor" the song being played at the mobster's night club is sung by Louise Robey, the actress playing Micki; to drive the point home she is later shown randomly singing to herself back at the shop.
  • Recycled Script: The third season episode, "Mightier Than the Sword", involves a fountain pen that compels its victims to do whatever its owner writes. This is nearly identical to one in the first season (the very first after the pilot, in fact). The only difference, aside from the earlier pen being a quill pen, seems to be that it can make the victims do anything the user tells them to (including kill others) while the artifact from "The Poison Pen" can only make those it writes about die themselves. There are other types of artifact which recur as well, but luckily these tend to be different enough, and have different powers, as to remain unique. (For example, there are three different episodes revolving around cameras, but in one the camera negative creates a Criminal Doppelgänger, in the second the projected slides allow a person to go back into the past, and in the third running the film in the camera causes people to become part of said film (and eventually, a character in the film to become real)). This last is also similar to a third-season episode, but in that it was the film itself which was cursed, not the projector.
    • Interestingly, one of the few cursed objects to show up twice (the compact) did different things in the hands of two different 'owners'. See the Fridge page for theories.
    • The various healing antiques tended to work the same and raise the same ethical dilemmas: the scalpel in "Doctor Jack", the glove in "Faith Healer", the radio in "And Now the News", and the rattle in "The Shaman's Apprentice".
    • Various antiques could raise the dead by killing someone else. The Coin of Ziocles in "Tails I Live..." and the aspirator in "Epitaph for a Lonely Soul".
  • What Could Have Been: Although never confirmed as a certainty, Word of God has stated that at various points it was discussed whether or not to have a hockey mask appear in the show, whether as one of the items being sought or a background prop. It was even considered to appear in the very last episode and be unequivocally revealed to belong to Jason Voorhees.
  • You Sound Familiar: The general music for this was composed by Fred Mollin, who would go on to much praise for the score and background music (including several gothic/pop/rock songs) that he composed for another Urban Fantasy cult TV show, Forever Knight (evident by two soundtrack albums being released). In fact, he even re-used a song: "Some Like It Hot" plays in the episode "Wedding Bell Blues" in the pool hall, and is later used in the strip club in the Forever Knight episode "Dance by the Light of the Moon".
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Several actors were recycled, with Denis Forest being a particular standout, appearing in four different episodes as four different characters (the fact that he specialized in playing creepy sleazeballs made him a good fit for this show).
    • Aside from Denis Forest, two other well-known actors had also appeared several times as different characters from within the series, Colin Fox (specializing in cunning, ruthless antagonists) and Colm Feore (specializing in clever, artistic antagonists).
    • Robert Silverman appeared in two episodes – in "Faith Healer," as a man who criticizes the titular Villain of the Week for being a fraud and a charlatan, and in "Hate on Your Dial," as the mentally disabled older brother of a violent racist.
    • Ron Hartmann appeared twice—once in "The Electrocutioner" as the superintendent at the school where Eli Pittman was a dentist, and once as Henry Wilkerson, the original owner of the cursed pocket watch in "13 O'Clock." Oddly enough, the first role was a fine, upstanding and likable gentleman while the second was a sleazy, Dirty Old Man with a young gold-digging mistress...but in both of them he died.
    • Wayne Best appeared thrice in the series — in "The Playhouse" as the last owner of the episode's titular cursed object, in "Stick It in Your Ear" as a D-rate mentalist named Adam Cole who becomes able to hear everybody's thoughts thanks to a cursed hearing aid, and, in a shift to a sympathetic role, in "Jack-in-the-Box" as Brock, a lifeguard whose spirit desperately tries to prevent his daughter from getting revenge on the people who killed him.
    • Thomas Hauff also appeared thrice—as the insane accountant who first used the mulcher in "Root of All Evil", the likable museum owner in "The Pirate's Promise", and the chaplain compelled into being a Serial Killer in "Mightier Than the Sword".
    • David Orth appeared as the doomed high-schooler Scott in the Love Triangle between Helen Mackie and her sister in "Vanity's Mirror", one of the brothers in the titular "Demon Hunter" family, and the preacher's son who was one of the Star-Crossed Lovers in "Midnight Riders".
    • Kate Trotter appeared as the ambitious Penitite Effie Stokes who uses the "Quilt of Hathor", the ambitious Dr. Avril Carter who uses the cathedral radio in "And New the News", and, in a turn to a sympathetic role, Micki's friend Anne Holloway who runs a homeless shelter in "Repetition".
    • Carolyn Dunn appeared as the villain's crush in "Cupid's Quiver", as Ryan's Star Crossed Lover in the two-parter "Quilt of Hathor", and as Maya, one of the damned souls who couldn't carry out her mission in "Wedding in Black".
    • Other recurring actors were Lynne Cormack (playing desperate/cruel mothers or stepmothers), Tom McManus (as a vampire and a ruthless antiques collector), Ingrid Veninger (once as a homely villain, once as a homeless girl who witnesses a murder), Angelo Rizacos (sometimes sympathetic, sometimes sadistic, but always unsettling and creepy), Susannah Hoffman (played a doomed Love Interest in both "The Baron's Bride" and "Wax Magic"), Neil Munro (playing a doctor in "Better Off Dead" and a mortician in "Epitaph for a Lonely Soul", plus one unexpected turn in the unintended series finale as the Marquis de Sade), and Bernard Behrens, a character actor in several bit parts (including General Robert E. Lee).


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