Friday's Curse: Season 1, Episode 17

The Electrocutioner (18 Apr. 1988)
"Friday the 13th" The Electrocutioner (original title)

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A dentist uses a cursed electric chair to seek revenge against those who wronged him.

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Ryan Dallion (as John D. Le May)
Louise Robey ...
Micki Foster (as Robey)
Chris Wiggins ...
Angelo Rizacos ...
Eli Pittman
Frank Adamson ...
Warden Hobbs
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Peggy Hobbs
J. Winston Carroll ...
Judge Miller (as John Winston Carroll)
Jennifer Cornish ...
Melissa Duvall (as Jenifer Cornish)
Ron Hartmann ...
Mr. Downing (as Ron Hartman)
Gerry Musgrave ...
Teenage Kid
Michael Tait ...
Daniial Kendricks
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A dentist uses a cursed electric chair to seek revenge against those who wronged him.

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Sparks fly
9 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wrongfully convicted man uses a cursed electric chair to absorb electricity and administer poetic justice to those who participated in his botched execution...

"The Electrocutioner" is a fun episode. I consider it to be a guilty pleasure, but from an artistic standpoint, it's one of the more ridiculous episodes this show has churned out in a while.

While I admit it would be kinda neat to have your own electric chair, the very thought of a store actually selling one is beyond far-fetched. Then there's the often recurring problem in that the antique seems too big to fit in the vault. However, they do actually show Ryan and Micki stuffing it in there so I must give them some credit.

When the villain gets the electric chair, what does he do with it? Why, he disguises it as a dentist chair, of course! Apparently the people he works with don't get out much either as no one in their right mind would be fooled by this thing.

He uses runaways as his victims and the chair fries them into nothingness. Nobody ever suspects that he's killing these children despite the constant flickering of lights or the smoking heap of clothing in his trash can, naturally.

There's an unnecessary scene where he tortures and kills his boss after he talks to Ryan and Micki. I don't understand why this needed to be done as the man was completely innocent and it would have looked just a little too suspicious for him to completely disappear.

The one highlight of this episode would be the scene where Eli chases Micki and Ryan to their car as it is pretty suspenseful. They first have to avoid a stream of water along the sidewalk and then he corners them inside their car. This was a pretty fun moment. It was also pretty enjoyable to see how they managed to defeat him at the end.

"The Electrocutioner" is certainly not one of the worst episodes of this series. While I do enjoy watching it, it's rife with implausibilities. While most episodes have events or characters that strain a little credibility here and there, this one is a bit much. This is definitely one to take with a grain of salt.


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