Tales from the Crypt: Season 3, Episode 4

Abra Cadaver (19 Jun. 1991)

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A former potential surgeon sets out to wreak revenge on the brother who's cruel practical joke prevented him from realizing his dream.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Martin Fairbanks
Dr. Carl Fairbanks
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Lucinda Weist ...
Peter Schuck ...
Al (as Hugh Holub)
Tina Bockrath ...
Paula / Cadaver


Martin Fairbanks would have been a successful surgeon if not for a cruel prank his brother Carl played on him years ago. Now merely a research assistant he resents his sibling who has become a successful surgeon. Martin however wants revenge as well as the opportunity to prove the success of his research involving the human brain. Carl learns this all too well as his twisted brother combines both these personal goals with chilling results. Written by Robert McElwaine

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19 June 1991 (USA)  »

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The title is a parody on the word used by stage magicians Abracadabra that goes back to an Aramaic phrase that means appropriately "I will create, as I say". See more »


When Martin and Carl are next to the female's corpse, the boom Mic is visible for a few seconds. See more »


References Lost in Space (1965) See more »

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The episode had some great plot twists
24 July 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The best episode so far, it was excellent! Some of it's moments were painful to watch and the episode was just traumatic, haunting and gory. It had everything, it was even funny.

The episode is about a younger brother playing a prank on his older, much smarter brother. It causes him to have a heart attack and lose the feeling in one of his hands.

As revenge, he pays his little brother back with a much more dangerous prank, which causes him his life.

The episode had some great plot twists and I ended up feeling bad for the kid, must suck being stuck in your own body and being cut open.

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