Tales from the Crypt: Season 6
July 30, 2007
Rated: NR Runtime: 370 min Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
You remember Tales from the Crypt don’t you? You know, that cheesy horror show that aired on HBO in the 80’s, introduced with some truly horrible puns by a puppet named the Crypt Keeper. Strong acting was never part of the formula, but plenty of gore and boobs were usually on the menu. The stories were also a bit on the shallow side.. if you couldn’t figure out the ending in the first five minutes you obviously weren’t paying attention.
What’s great about watching the series now is picking out faces of people who went on to become stars. Robert Wuhl is there.. so is Randy from “My Name is Earl” along with many others. Of course, there’s just as many people who didn’t get recognizable roles but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Now about those puns.. they are really bad. REALLY bad. The Keeper playing cards.. a skeleton sitting next to him has something just out from his skull.. the quote.. “now THAT’S a poker face!” Yeah, it was a fireplace poker. And that’s just a visual gag, the name ones are just as bad. Here’s the text from the DVD cover to give you a sample:
“It’s that time of fear again! So if you’ve been missing the Crypt Keeper, here’s a chance to improve your aim. But be warned: It’ll be a fright to the finish. The cadaverous cut-up is your host for a 15-episode die-gest based on classic horror comics from back in the day and featuring a parade of characters who are variously merciless, clueless, topless and headless. Hank Azaria, Shelley Hack, Isaac Hayes, Richard Lewis, John Lithgow, Wayne Newton, Isabella Rossellini, Rita Rudner and Humphrey Bogart (you read that right) are among the stars. And vampires, mad doctors, killers, ghosts and adulterers are eager to come out and play. We could tell you more, but that would be wrong. You do know rot from wrong, don’t you?”
It just never ends. But, that’s part of the charm.. groan at the Keeper, groan at the cheesy special effects, groan at the lame acting, groan at the simple stories.. and yet, smile each time an episode starts.
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