TALES FROM THE CRYPT - THE COMPLETE...
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Tales from the Crypt is a horror series basedon the EC horror comics of the 1950's series, and is hosted by the ghoulish Cryptkeeper. Each episode has its own story, here's the episode list.
Death of Some Salesmen
As Ye Sow
Food for Thought
People Who Live in Brass Hearses
Two for the Show
House of Horror
Well Cooked Hams
Came the Dawn
Oil's Well That Ends Well
Till Death Do We Part
Is it good movie?
Tales From the Crypt is an absolute joy to watch, for a fellow like myself. I grew up watching this stuff at a young age, it would be that taboo television show that i'd catch late-night on TV at 1am or so, knowing I shouldn't see it, but being unable to turn away.
And then the nightmares would come. Yeah, I was a wiener.
That being said, the show still holds up well. The Cryptkeeper's bits are still lame as all hell, but they've got such charm, and although he's a puppet, the Cryptkeeper's effects are still pretty awesome. His puns will have you groaning in agony, before each episode starts.
What about the meat of the series, you say, the shows themselves? They range from awesome like "Creep Course" and "Came the Dawn", to the less awesome, like "Halfway Horrible" and "Oil's Well that Ends Well". The episodes are somewhat formulaic in the sense that they usually involve someone who is taking advantage of someone in some way, and they usually end up paying for their sins in the end.
That being said, most episodes are an absolute blast to watch, and talk about star-studded! John Stamos. Brooke Shields,Jeffrey Jones Martin Sheen, Adam West, and many other B and C list celebs round out the cast, and are clearly having a blast doing it. I for one, really dug seeing Tim Curry dressed as a fat old murderous Grandma in "Death of Some Salesmen".
Really, this show's about having a few laughs and some good scares at the same time. It's never too serious, but keeps the gore and nudity up there too for fans of that. Nothing wrong with that!
Video / Audio
Video's here in a 1.33:1 fullscreen picture that doesn't look so hot, but what would you expect from an old TV Show?
Audio is presented in Dolby 2.0 surround, and sounds like a dull TV mix, not so hot either.
WHERE is the meat?
One feature, and it's great, the"Death of Some Salemen" virtual comic book, but that is it!
How can this be all that's on the discs? Sadness ensues.
This show's an awesome, entertaining horror romp that any horror fan should get a kick out of. Unfortunately, the disc is bare bones, and the presentation's not so hot. Still though, the source material's good enough for you to strongly consider a purchase.