Tales from the Crypt: Season 1, Episode 2

And All Through the House (10 Jun. 1989)

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A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose.

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On Christmas Eve, a mother controls the anxiety of her little daughter Carrie Ann for Santa Claus and puts her to bed. Then she comes to the living room and kills her husband, hitting his head with a fireplace poker, expecting to receive his life insurance and stay with her lover. While she is dumping his body on the yard, the dangerous patient of a mental institution dressed like Santa Claus attacks her but she succeeds to escape and lock the door. However, she is unable to call the police since the body of her husband is in the front yard. Out of the blue, Carrie calls her mother with an unexpected guest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the season one episode "And All Through the House", the radio announcer warns the "Gaines County Area" of the escaped maniac in a Santa suit. This is a reference to William Gaines, publisher of the comic books in the 1950s. Also, when the police officer calls the wife, he says his name is "Feldstien", a reference to Al Feldstien, one of Gaines' top EC Comics employees. See more »

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When the wife takes the keys from her dead husband and makes her way back into the house, there's no snow on the hood of her coat, nor on her shoulders, yet when you see her entering filmed from inside the house, there is quite a lot of snow on the top of her hood and shoulders. See more »

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Crypt Keeper: [In the closing narration, after Carrie screamed at the evil Santa Claus who was holding an axe] Well, how was that for a scream boys and ghouls? Oh, don't worry about little Carrie. This particular Santa preferred older women... in pieces, that is.
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Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my SLAY tonight?
22 May 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The second episode of Tales From The Crypt will be familiar to fans of the brand, having been included in the older movie that featured Joan Collins as the nasty woman being terrorised by a maniacal Santa Claus.

This time around it's Mary Ellen Trainor who plays the leading lady, a woman who has just bumped off her husband on Christmas Eve and finds her plans interrupted by a lunatic dressed as Santa (Larry Drake, so good and so sadly neglected - just look at how great he was in Darkman and even the inferior Dr. Giggles movie).

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, and written by Fred Dekker, this is yet another tale from the crypt that holds up brilliantly thanks to such a superb central concept. Horror at Christmas time has always provided a fair bit of entertainment for genre fans (the juxtaposition of the seasonal cheer alongside unseasonal nastiness makes for a delicious mix) and this episode fits nicely beside the likes of Black Christmas and the hilarious Santa's Slay as opposed to the Black Christmas remake. Yet another early classic.


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