Tales from the Crypt: Season 5, Episode 1

Death of Some Salesmen (2 Oct. 1993)

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A conniving con-man posing as a salesman gets more than he bargained for when he comes knocks at the door of the wrong family.



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Episode cast overview:
Pa Brackett / Ma Brackett / Winona Brackett
Judd Campbell
Mrs. Jones
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Kathe Weeks ...


To say that the seemingly quaint Bracket family are a bit odd would be something of an understatement. To say that they never ignore a bargain would be another one. And no-one learns this more than Judd Campbell. A conniving con-man who comes knocking at their door posing as a salesman. But little does Judd realize is that's he's not the first unsuspecting salesman to have come a calling. A fact that he discovers to his horror and the Bracket's revel in with malevolent joy. Written by Robert McElwaine

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The title is based on the Arthur Miller play "Death of a Salesman" that opened on Broadway in 1949 and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. See more »

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4 April 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Death of Some Salesmen" (love the tongue-in-cheek title already!) is one of the last truly great Tales from the Crypt episodes, largely thanks to the delightfully macabre humor and Tim Curry's amazing portrayal of no less than three characters. The story isn't very original, none of the Tales really are actually, but this tale is as entertaining as it gets with some nice gore, creepy characters and a good pace. Ed Begley Jr., a seriously underrated actor if you ask me, plays shifty salesman Judd Campbell who tricks elderly people into buying a beautiful final resting place that actually doesn't exist. His deceptive techniques don't make much of an impression on the crazy Brackett family, as it's some sort of sport for them to kill salesmen using the products they sell. Judd's last chance for survival is marrying the hideous and equally deranged daughter Winona. Tim Curry ("The Rocky Horror Picture Show") plays all three members of the Brackett family and he's seemly having a great time. Especially Winona is a repulsively over-the-top character that grunts and doesn't care too much about personal hygiene. The gore includes a couple of grisly images of salesmen-leftovers and a truly nasty sex sequence. After an overall disappointing fourth season, this first installment of season five was a really splendid one. Recommended!

Nice little trivia element: on the bedside table in Winona's room, there's a picture of Ma & Pa Brackett in the famous "American Gothic" pose. Of course, in order to see this, you have to be able to keep your eyes open during the horrifying sex session.

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