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Kiddies, we simply have prime, uncut Tales from the Crypt this go round. Serial killers. Joe Pesci in a ponytail. Clown puppets. Once I assume again on this present as a entire, that’s the loopy type of combine my mind places collectively. With my blessings, please simply dive in.


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Season four, Episode 10: “Maniac at Large” based mostly on Crime SuspenStories #27
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Written by: Mae Woods
Initially aired: August 19, 1992

Director and author pedigree: Whether or not he was swooping in on Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau or directing acclaimed dramatic thrillers like Seven Days in Might and The Manchurian Candidate within the swinging 60s, John Frankenheimer was a deeply revered director who ended up having a tumultuous latter-day profession. That is allowed once you direct Ronin, Black Sunday and Prophecy (the Talia Shire one not the Christopher Walken one), although, and his is a identify that all the time surprises and impresses individuals once they see it pop up related to this present.

Every episode on this putrid pack holds a notable final effort from a Tales common, and sadly, this one is not any exception. Mae Woods, one of many very, VERY few feminine writers on the present, would proceed to affiliate produce on giant movies right here and there, however she appears to have moved away from the leisure business utterly because the late 1990s.

Different notables: One other Tales host! Clarence Williams III, Mr. Simms himself, from Tales from the Hood seems because the continually bewildered and annoyed safety guard, Grady. I hope that he talked with the Cryptkeeper a bit and picked up some recommendations on being a horror host, however I’m additionally truly solely 10 years previous and these are the sorts of hopes I assume I’ve.

Invoice Conti got here in with the soundtrack to this as his sole Tales episode. Conti, in fact, scored F/X. Oh, and a few scattered, smaller gems like For Your Eyes Solely and Rocky and what-have-you are there too, however principally F/X!

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Does It Ship?: Some rowdy youngsters in a library graffiti “EC Comics” on a desk, bringing us a good omen of what’s to return.

Margaret (Blythe Danner) is a new librarian at an previous library in a shady a part of city, and between the overbearing head librarian Mrs. Pritchard (Salome Jens) and information of a serial killer unfastened within the neighborhood, she’s extra than simply a bit jumpy. So when she finds out that tonight, of all nights, she’ll have to remain late… with a creepy good-looking killer-obsessed bookworm lurking (Adam Ant!) and each the library’s safety guard (Clarence Williams III) and a detective (Obba Babatundé) being not sure of the precise quantity of warning everybody ought to fairly have… nicely. Any bump within the night time can bump you off, can’t it?

I’ve all the time been very a fan of this episode, and I don’t assume it’s solely as a result of my mother is a librarian. The moody, low lighting at midnight wooden library has a very creepy but acquainted little bit of environment to it, which solely intensifies when the solar units. This episode additionally takes rather more time than most to construct up the characters, location, and a basic sense of dread. In case you’re like me and like understanding and caring about characters earlier than horrible issues befall them, this one is a spooky, quiet deal with. Danner is a nervy delight and everybody has crackling chemistry, even once they need to hold their voices down.

Greatest Cryptkeeper line: “There goes the neighBOOhood!”


Season four, Episode 11: “Split Personality” based mostly on Vault of Horror #30
Directed by: Joel Silver
Written by: Fred Dekker
Initially aired: August 26, 1992

Director and author pedigree: That is pure Tales from the Crypt inbreeding by way of and by means of! Mega-producer Joel Silver is, in fact, one of many males chargeable for bringing the present to “life,” and that is the one factor he has ever directed. I wish to think about he used a megaphone even within the intimate scenes, however I’ve all the time been a hopeless optimist.

Fred Dekker is again for his fifth and sadly remaining “Tales” episode. Wanting again, I feel this one might be the most effective instance of his expertise at mixing comedy with rigidity and horror. The characters genuinely do sound and act like they only stepped out of a comedian ebook, however it by no means reads as pretend. There’s a splendidly bizarre stability happening right here, and everybody appears to have been keyed into it. There’s a lot about this episode that’s deeply Hollywood, nevertheless it additionally has a jolly, virtually harmless high quality to it.

Different notables: Each time I see him, I all the time fortunately exclaim “Joey Pants!” So if seeing Joe Pantoliano, Burt “Hey Paulie!” Younger and Pesci in the identical scene don’t persuade you to observe this episode once more or for the primary time… what am I, simply scripting this column like a clown? Get out of right here!

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I’m veering off the horror guys right here for a second, and for that I apologize. Nevertheless: Have you learnt who shot this episode? Jan de Bont himself! Solely two years earlier than he’d direct Velocity (and seven years earlier than he’d direct the terrifying-for-all-the-wrong-reasons remake of The Haunting), de Bont labored on this, Deadly Weapon three (directed and produced by two separate Crypt Daddies, together with Silver, in fact) and Primary Intuition. With these credentials, he actually was the one certified cinematographer to shoot Pesci having intercourse scenes within the yr 1992.

Does It Ship?: Vic (Pesci) is a hustler who lives for two-timing: Whether or not it’s scams, ladies or drinks, “the best things in life come in twos.” In the future, two black cats check that luck by operating in entrance of his automotive… main him to a very distinctive house the place a pair of very uncommon twins reside. As soon as Vic realizes that they’re the daughters of a well-known, wealthy, LATE architect, he launches into a scheme of seduction, a hilarious (pretend) twin brother of his personal, and twin quickie weddings. He will get sloppy, although, and whereas the twins April and June can share, it’s solely to a level. The trick is that it needs to be 50/50, proper down the center, and neither of them appreciates being tricked.

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Lastly, one other comedy episode! From the extraordinarily Pee Wee’s Playhouse-style residence the twins reside in to the fast smash cuts and wipes, the entire episode is framed and edited virtually like a cartoon. Plus, they use a image of Richard Donner in a newspaper clipping of the twins’ late father, and I’m actually liking this development of Crypt easter eggs. All that apart, Pesci is clearly having a blast, and the off-kilter performances from the twins, Jacqueline Alexandra Citron and Kristen Amber Citron, make me want David Lynch would’ve used them in one thing. The ending provides you two scoops of evisceration for the worth of 1, and the pacing actually is a cheerful march to hell. Of all of the episodes of Tales from the Crypt that would have conceivably been carried out on one other horror anthology collection, this isn’t one among them.

Greatest Cryptkeeper line: “It just proves the old saying: Behind every bad man, there are two women… with a chainsaw!”


Season four, Episode 12: “Strung Along” based mostly on Vault of Horror #33
Directed by: Kevin Yagher
Written by: Yale Udoff
Initially aired: September 2, 1992

Director and author pedigree: Kevin Yagher directs and masterminds the consequences for each single episode within the superb Cryptkeeper sequences, however that is his second and ultimate episode of directing a whole episode. Like “Lower Berth,” Yagher appears to be interested in darker tales that keep away from the comedic route completely. He balances that darkness with otherworldliness even higher right here.

Author Yale Udoff had a fascinating, albeit brief, profession. The story goes that it was because of him that Batman turned a TV present as he was the primary one to pitch the comedian e-book as one thing that might work on tv. Even with that beneath his belt, he’s most recognized for writing the screenplay for the late Nicolas Roeg’s Dangerous Timing. You might create a thoughts in a lab and it nonetheless wouldn’t be as applicable for Tales from the Crypt because the one among a man with a hand in bridging comics to TV and then writing an extremely darkish, intense Roeg manufacturing. This was Udoff’s final credited work, and he additionally handed away in 2018.

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Different notables: Zach Galligan strikes away from Gremlins to cope with some extra pint-sized terrors, and it’s loopy how attracted I’m to him and his coiffure on this episode. Billy’s kinda hunky right here, and it’s complicated me.

Additionally notable to me, an aficionado of bizarre names, there’s a stand-out who labored on this and different Tales episodes within the hair and make-up division. At this time, she’s generally known as Nanette Moore. When this was filmed, nevertheless, she labored underneath the identify “No No Moore,” and why she moved on from that, I’ll by no means know. I’m dedicating this one to you, No No.

Does It Ship?: We open on black and white tv footage of an lovable Howdy Doody-esque puppet present. Because the digital camera pulls again, we see Joseph Renfield (Donald O’Connor) gazing in unhappiness at his heyday’s visage earlier than he returns to the basement, and we uncover that his sidekick, Coco the puppet, continues to be very influential in Joseph’s thoughts. Renfield’s now a senior citizen, and whereas he lives in a lovely home and has a beautiful spouse about half his age, she’s rising weary of his tortured artist routine and he’s greater than a bit unfulfilled as a mostly-recluse who popular culture has left behind. That modifications when he will get a suggestion to be on a new TV present, and younger David (Galligan) exhibits up from Mrs. Renfield’s appearing class to grow to be his puppet protégé and punch up his prehistoric puns. Even with this new lease on life, Joseph’s paranoia that his spouse could be dishonest on him together with her appearing coach grows, and David and Coco are solely too joyful to assist stoke these fears.

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Evil puppets, possessed dolls, and mean-spirited dummies are an essential a part of any full horror style meals pyramid, and it was solely a matter of time earlier than we received to Pinnochio’s revenge. That is very totally different in tone from “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy” from season 2, however the finish nonetheless has that occupation-specific demise… although it’s a lot much less ugly right here. Whereas this isn’t a prime episode for me, I really like seeing O’Connor wanting so nice within the 1990s, and Coco is a freakin’ clown puppet, so he’s mechanically fairly off-putting. This episode revels in that darkish, luxurious gothic look too, and it helps floor the entire thing superbly.

Greatest Cryptkeeper line: “Now that what I call PAIN in FULL!”


Based mostly within the extremely down-to-earth metropolis of Las Vegas, NV, Stephanie Crawford is a freelance author and co-host on The Screamcast. You possibly can comply with her hijinks, writing and frequent podcast appearances on Twitter @scrawfish and at Home of a Affordable Quantity of Horrors.

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