TALES FROM THE CRYPT: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON.
Ok. So, we’re up to the Sixth Season now of HBO’s TALES FROM THE CRYPT. And after this season, the show only latest one more year, so I’m assuming you can already guess the direction of the quality of these last few seasons. Now, it’s not all that bad. There are actually still some great guest appearances, both in front and behind the camera, as well as a few stand out episodes, but over-all, this is a pretty weak season. With Season Five, I found at least something cool about each and every episode. But alas, let’s focus on the positives of this season, and more importantly this particular boxed set.
“Let The Punishment Fit The Crime” is a trademark Crypt-style tale of a lawyer (played by Catherine O’Hara) getting a bit of comeuppance for the trails of her past! “Only Skin Deep” is an erotically creepy episode directed by William Malone, where a man meets a woman at a costume party and indulges in an all-sex relationship with her. But what horrors lie behind her mask and her true identity? Mick Garris takes on the next episode “Whirlpool” making me think this season is a Masters Of Horror pre-cursor! His episode features Rita Rudner and comedian Richard Lewis as cartoonists for a local paper. Visually, a stunning episode, if not totally confusing! (You’ll see what I mean when you get to the end of it.) Ha! “Operation Friendship” is about computer nerd Nelson and his (possibly) imaginary friend who becomes jealous when a foxy female nerd moves in across the hall! (Loved this particular episode. Great chemistry between stars Tate Donovan and his female -star) “The Bribe” features a pre-LOST, post-Stepfather Terry O’Quinn who’s trying to shut down a strip club his daughter works at. “The Assassin” is one of the season’s stand-out episodes featuring Corey Feldman, who is one of 3 espionage agents sent to track down and kill a former assassin! Director Stephen Hopkins (Nightmare On Elm Street 5, Predator 2) tackles “Staired in Horror”, an episode where a fugitive holes up in a mysterious house that can change people’s mortality (by making them older or younger depending upon where they are in the house.) Total Recall/FX 2’s Rachel Ticotin co-stars in that episode. Miguel Ferrer (Robocop, The Night Flier) turns in yet another amazing performance in “In The Grove”, while “Doctor Of Horror” (Starring Hank Azaria and Ben Stein!) features some of the show’s greatest FX!
The season finale is note-worthy in that it’s directed by one of the series creators, Robert Zemeckis. It opens with a Forrest Gump-esque Crypt-Keeper sharing a park bench seat with none other then Mister Alfred Hitchcock. The episode itself stars Humphry Bogart (!), John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini and the uber-smokin’ hot Sherilynn Fenn. I guess this was around the time that Zemeckis was having fun implementing real life people into films like he’d just successfully done in Forrest Gump! Another odd, note-worthy mention is that one of the episodes intros starts out with the Crypt Keeper and Death, played by William Sadler! I assume it was some kind of tie-in with Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey because Sadler reprises the version of Death he portrays in that film! So weird!
Overall, there’s enough lurking thru-out the season to make this yet another worthwhile investment. It’s quite a few hits, sprinkled with a couple of misses, but overall, it features everything we love about Tales From The Crypt! –Robg.
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