TALES FROM THE CRYPT: SEASON 6
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Tales From the Crypt trucks along into its sixth season and is beginning to lose a bit of steam. We have another 15 episodes of horror-iffic goodness, each hosted by the ghoulish Cryptkeeper.
Is it good movie?
YYou know, upon growing older, I've come to realize that Tales From the Crypt is not nearly as cool as I thought it was when I was a kid. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, because when you're 13 and flipping through the channels late at night, catching an episode of this is heaven- it feels like you shouldn't be watching it, but that Cryptkeeper guy is kind of funny and the story (usually a nasty revenge plot) is scary, but not too scary. I suppose that I've really just outgrown the series, and after watching an entire season of it, this supposition is undoubtedly confirmed.
Once again, we are presented with 15 episodes of Tales From the Crypt spanned across 3 discs. There is nothing really new here, kiddies, in fact it would appear that this is the season where this show began to hit a bit of a creative wall. The puns are a little flatter, and the shows seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel from time to time. There's still the classic humor and still the expected twists at the end of the episodes, but I couldn't help shake the feeling that I've seen it all before.
I've decided for review purposes, I'll share some of the gems. The best episode is definitely Only Skin Deep, where a gentleman falls into indiscretion with a masked woman at a costume party, only to find out the true secrets behind her masked appearance. I liked this one because it seemed to have a much more serious tone and was really very dark.Another standout episode was The Assassin, which I won't spoil for you, but this was some classic Tales From the Crypt stuff right here. There are a few more good ones, but the last one I thought worth mentioning was 99.44% Pure Horror, about a woman who's fired from her husband's soap factory.
As I said, this is more or less just another season of this show, one of its last. There's a good row of guest stars, including Hank Azaria, Isaac Hayes, Richard Lewis, John Lithgow, Wayne Newton, Isabella Rosellini, Benicio Del Toro, Rita Rudner, Miguel Ferrer, Terry O’Quinn, and Humphrey Bogart (yeah, seriously). There are some decent scares delivered, but the whole thing felt a bit ho-hum this time around.
Here’s the episode list:
Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
Only Skin Deep
Revenge Is the Nuts
Staired in Horror
In the Groove
Doctor of Horror
Comes the Dawn
99 & 44/100% Pure Horror
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.33.1 fullscreen, and looks okay- it is really a TV show with a decent transfer. I wouldn't buy this one to show off your new TV, let's put it that way.
Audio matches the video component well. All episodes contain a Dolby Digital 2.0 track which isn't much to write home about, but is fairly balanced overall.
The only thing you'll find here is a Whirlpool virtual comic based on the episode of the same name. It's really not much to write home about, just a comic book in picture form, narrated by the Cryptkeeper himself. You might watch this once, but I doubt you'll go much further than that.
To those who mind, this season won't matter. To those who love this show, they won't mind. I can't see how I would recommend this set to anyone who is only a passing fan- there are hardly any extras and almost nothing makes this season stand out. It's not bad, but merely an okay chapter in the Tales From the Crypt series.