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"Came the Dawn" is one of my favorite crypt episodes of all-time and clearly the best of season 5 due to it's plot and twisted end, and most of all it features the beautiful Brooke Shields. It all begins with a beautiful woman murdered in a bathroom, then preceding on to a rainy night which is such a spooky and suspense setting you have a motorist(played perfect by veteran Perry King) who picks up a stranded chick(Brooke Shields) along the roadside. As this tale unfolds word is around town that an ax killer is killing off female after female, so this plot appears to have you thinking you know the direction, though you will be shocked how it turns out! The build up to the ending here is great, as the sexual tension between Brooke and Perry is super the kind of thing you expect from two veterans. Over a night dinner filled with opera music which is a good work of art, the two try to get to know each other, but always take the lesson no one is whom they seem and never trust anyone! The Shields character has plans to be the jewel thief of the day, because diamonds are a girls best friend, but only she finds out a nasty bad secret that this man has come out of the closet ready to swing! The words ring true ax questions later! This episode has some of Alfred Hitchcock applied to it just like in Psycho you never should trust strangers you may be trying to hide your past, but you meet up with a person who has a darker secret than yours and also they turn out to be crazy! Overall a good episode of tales with a great script and good twisting of plot with justice served!
I've just been getting into reading the original EC Comics stories that
these "Tales From the Crypt" episodes were based on. This is a terrific
episode... But I just thought it was funny how different it was from
the original comic. The only things similar are a cabin in the woods
and a mysterious, wet, stranded woman. The title actually makes sense
for the comic...
But no worries... I just thought it was interesting. Curious to see if I find any more adaptations in the series that are this different from the original comic.
Anyway... on to the actual episode. Brooke Shields is totally effective, as is Peter King. I really don't want to give too much away, as the plot is pretty twisty...
This really isn't one of the funnier episodes of "Tales from the Crypt"... just a nice, scary little crime tale. The prologue is pretty damned funny though. Some great Cryptkeeper puns!
Watch it and enjoy. Hopefully all of these episodes will be streaming somewhere soon. HBO Go? C'mon! As of now, they are readily available on DVD.
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Lecherous millionaire Roger (ably essayed to the smarmy hilt by Perry King) picks up beautiful young lady Norma (a sharp performance by Brooke Shields) on the side of the road. Unbeknownst to Roger, Norma is really a thief who plans on robbing him. However, Roger has an extremely deadly secret of his own. Director Uli Edel, working from a crafty script by Ron Finley, relates the engrossing story at a brisk pace, offers a generous sprinkling of bloody violence, and delivers a neat surprise twist at the end. King and Shields play off each other well, with Shields a particular stand-out as she brings a strong, compelling, and alluring, yet enigmatic edge to her brash character. The always quirky Michael J. Pollard pops up in a funny supporting role as antsy store owner Ed while yummy blonde Valerie Wildman has a memorably sexy bit as a hot gal who gets brutally murdered in a restaurant bathroom. Rick Bota's slick cinematography gives this episode an impressive glossy look and makes fine occasional use of overhead camera shots. A cool show.
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Tales from the Crypt: Came the Dawn starts as rich businessman Roger
(Perry King) is driving through torrential rain to his luxurious log
cabin out in the sticks, on his way he comes across a young attractive
woman who calls herself Norma (Brooke Sheilds) soaking wet by the side
of the road her pick-up truck having broke down. Being the guy he is
Roger stops & offers her a place to stay for the night, however Norma
has ulterior motives for accepting other than a dry place to sleep...
This Tales from the Crypt story was episode 10 from season 5, directed by Uli Edel this is another top tale from the crypt. The script by Ron Finley was based on a story from the 'Shock SuspenStories' comic book & is one of those straight faced episodes without the dark humour which is perfect for this particular story. The build up is very good in Came the Dawn as it manages to throw in some very effective red herrings & it completely changes the character's motivations & the significance they have in the story by turning everything on it's head so when the unexpected twisted twist ending happens it's even more satisfying. Most, if not all, of the best Tales from the Crypt stories rely on strong twist endings & this is why Came the Dawn works so well but I have to say where did that obscure meaningless title come from? Came the Dawn means absolutely nothing in context with the tale itself, or am I being stupid? Running for what seemed like a few minutes less than the average Tales from the Crypt story this is well worth giving 25 minutes of your time up to see.
There's a great atmosphere to Came the Dawn, the isolated dimly lit log cabin in the middle of the night with a raging thunderstorm outside is well realised. There's not really any gore in this one, just some blood splatter. The acting is very good & Sheilds is very easy on the eyes.
Came the Dawn may have a nonsensical title but it's yet another highly entertaining offering from the Crypt Keeper.
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