Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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And All Through the House 

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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Episode cast overview:
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Lindsey Whitney Barry ...
Carrie Ann


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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10 June 1989 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Santa: Naughty... or nice?
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Featured in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) See more »


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Composed by Danny Elfman
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He knows if you've been bad or good...
5 March 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Second episode for the great cable TV series tells the same story that formed a segment of the 1972 "Tales from the Crypt" feature film. On Christmas Eve, the night that a greedy, adulterous wife (Mary Ellen Trainor) has done away with her hated husband (Marshall Bell), an ultra creepy mental institution escapee (Larry Drake) is on the loose. And this lunatic just so happens to be wearing a Santa Claus costume.

This episode is really all about action, and there's plenty of it, as well as some delicious dark humour, courtesy of writer Fred Dekker (director of "Night of the Creeps" and "The Monster Squad") and director Robert Zemeckis, as the increasingly distraught wife fumbles about with her late husbands' dead body. There are also some fine stunts and a little bit of gore, as implements such as fireplace pokers and axes get utilized. The story unfolds quickly, with absolutely no filler.

The viewer may recognize actress Trainor as the psychiatrist in the "Lethal Weapon" franchise; in real life she was married to Zemeckis at the time and she does a good job in a rare lead role. Drakes' performance may call to the viewers' mind his similar performance in the 1992 slasher "Dr. Giggles". He's just lots of malevolent fun as the unhinged psycho Santa, and is rarely to be seen without an insane smile on his face.

This is overall a fun episode and worthy viewing for any time of the year, not just the Christmas season.

Eight out of 10.

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