This Tales from the Crypt story was episode 11 from season 3, the first of four Tales from the Crypt episodes to be directed by Russell Mulcahy I thought Split Second was decent enough. The script by Richard Christian Matheson was based on a story from the 'Shock SuspenStories' comic book & is basically your standard morality tale of love turned bad. Overall I quite liked the story but I found it a bit predictable although the cool ending certainly helps even if you can tell how things are going to pan out if not in the way they precisely do. As usual the episode moves along at a good pace although most of it's duration is the setting up of the character's rather than action packed incident.
This one looks good & is well made, there is a lot of swearing in this episode, some nudity & not much gore. There's some blood splatter along with the great ending sequence involving a chainsaw & lots more blood. The acting is good especially from the always watchable & intense Brion James.
Split Second is a good tale from the crypt although I don't personally think it rates amongst the show's best, worth a watch all the same.
With Ted too embarrassed and helpless to defend himself Steve works the poor man over that he ends up losing his sight after a glancing blow by Steve's ax. Still working for the man Steve Dixon Ted is entered into the annual wood-chopping contest by his fellow lumberjacks to see if he still has what it takes to chop down trees.
***SPOILERS*** In the end it's not just trees that Ted, who's now totally blind, is chopping up but a tied up gagged and terrified Steve as well as Liz he's to do the chopping to, with an chainsaw not ax, that his fellow lumberjacks provided him with that Ted can thank Steve for making that all possible. That by blinding the passive and never hurting as much as a fly Steve that had him do something while totally blind that he never would have dreamed of doing if he still had his sight back.
"What is it about men? When they want you the first time, they don't care what anybody thinks of you, but as soon as they think of you as theirs, they want you to be as pure as the f*****g Madonna".
Terrific line, and no, she did not mean that Madonna, but the original one.
Can you guess what happens next? Of course you can, enter a handsome young stranger who teaches the wanton wife to play chess. Well, you got the first part right. Sadly, the end is, well, did either of them deserve this? The best thing about this mean-spirited episode is the background music which was composed by a bloke named Brian May. Not that one, surely?
This episode is mainly about a very jealous husband and his bored wife. One day, a young man comes to work for the man and she sees an opportunity to kill her boredom. She tries to seduce him and that makes her husband very angry when he catches them.
He beats the young man called Ted and causes him to lose his sight. The men working for the guy take the opportunity and use Ted to get rid of their angry boss and heartless wife by giving Ted a chainsaw and pretending to be chopping wood.
It was a pretty annoying episode, but saved by the good ending.