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




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Episode cast overview:
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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Release Date:

19 June 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A year earlier, Tony Goldwyn played another character named Carl in Ghost (1990). See more »


Carl "says" near the end that Martin had been wrong, touch is the last sense to fail not the first, however Martin said that as part of the ruse. He may not have known that at all, or he may have known the exact opposite. But he had to tell Carl that touch failed first, to cover up the fact that Carl would not feel things that were not actually happening. Such as, the harness rather than an actual hook. And the saw. 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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