I vaguely remember a story in which a kid was told to put some rocks in the fireplace; if a rock were moved from its place a monster could come to catch him. I Can't quite recall if it was his grandma who told him the story, but I always wondered why he didn't ignore the story and just put the rocks there in the first place?

I could have seen it on TV series or , movie but I'm not sure. It was at full color.

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    Someone voted down, If you are who did so, can you tell why?
    – rraallvv
    Dec 28, 2012 at 13:55
  • I didn't, but when did you see this? Did you get any sense of how old it was at the time? Was it live-action or animated?
    – phantom42
    Dec 28, 2012 at 17:27
  • @phantom42 it's difficult to say, maybe late 80's or early 90's, my hope is that someone that also watched it could help narrow down.
    – rraallvv
    Dec 29, 2012 at 2:06

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It sounds like the "Tales From the Darkside" episode titled "The Cutty Black Sow". From around 1988.

Here's a partial plot summary from TVTropes (The full summary on the linked page has spoilers):

A young boy's dying grandmother instructs him in a rite to ward off an evil Celtic demon that claims the souls of those who die on All Hallow's Eve. The boy obediently performs the rite, putting stones in a fire marked with the names of his family members. His Bratty Half-Pint little sister knocks the stone with his name out of the fire, which according to the myth, means that his soul will be taken by the Cutty Black Sow. The rest of the episode consists of him jumping at every sound and seeing a pair of yellow eyes through windows.

I believe the whole episode is on YouTube if you search for the title.

  • Definitely it's a cruel twist ending
    – rraallvv
    Dec 30, 2012 at 3:29

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