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 »


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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So I guess you'll just be...hanging out
7 November 2007 | by (Iowa, United States) – See all my reviews

Beau Bridges and Tony Goldwyn guest star as bickering med school brothers in Abra Cadaver, a season three highlight. Years ago, Carl (Goldwyn)stages a practical joke which gives Martin (Bridges) a coronary, leaving one of his valuable surgeon's hands paralyzed. Now, Martin is about to get his revenge as Carl is helpless against Martin's pent up vengeance.

Skillfully acted by Bridges, channeling a demented quality I haven't seen from him, and by Goldwyn, who's second act must have been a real pain. Tom Wright even shows up as a Rastafarian. Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, Nightmare on Elm Street 5) does a fine job directing this installment.

The End is brutal and ironic, appropriately a Crypt ending.

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