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I think this aired on network television in the mid to late 1980s. It's either a TV movie or an episode from an anthology series. I believe the protagonist is a woman who's either inherited or is staying in a spooky mansion. During her stay she experiences strange occurrences that lead her to the discovery of a small closet filled with little girl's dresses and toys. Later she encounters a small creature that kills her. It's suggested that this creature is a deformed child to whom the things in the closet belongs. I recall reading about this show in TV Guide and seeing a photo of the creature being held by an old man in a magazine. My sister watched this program and told me about it. I always wanted to see it, but never got the opportunity. I'd love it if someone could help me find out the title and more information on this.

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    Can you describe that small creature? Height, face, arms, possible claws, etc? Who was that older man? Describe him also. Aug 9, 2021 at 7:16
  • Chucky/Child's play?
    – bob1
    Aug 9, 2021 at 9:36
  • I recall the creature somewhat resembling the Rancor from Return of the Jedi. As for the older man, I really can't remember any details.
    – Ripley08
    Aug 9, 2021 at 13:00

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I found it! It's an episode of Tales from the Darkside titled "Inside the Closet"! (Season 1, episode 7)

Quoting the plot summary on Wikipedia:

Graduate student Gail Aynsley (Roberta Weiss) takes up a room for rent in the house of Dr. Fenner (Fritz Weaver), the dean of a local veterinary school. She discovers that her new room has a strange miniature door inside it, and estimates that there may be something lurking on the other side.

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    Congrats! Don't forget to click on the checkmark to self-accept. You won't be able to do so until 48 hours after asking the question, but it will let you know how muchy time is left if you click early.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 10, 2021 at 2:50
  • It looks like scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/37801/… also provided this as an answer, but it was not accepted, so there's no dupe involved. :) Just mentioning it so that the system provides links between them.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 10, 2021 at 2:51

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