A sadistic serial killer has unforeseen complications when pursued by a determined motorcycle cop in a barren desert.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Policeman (as George Deloy)
Crypt Keeper (voice)


A murderous bank robber is arrested and transported through the desert by a policeman he is handcuffed to. Eventually he manages to kill the cop, only for him to swallow the handcuff keys. But having to walk across the desert dragging a dead body along with him, turns out not to be his biggest worry... Written by sambuca

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15 June 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Earl falls off the cliff, his hand is severed at the wrist. A second later, in mid fall, Earl's hand is fully visible. See more »


Earl Raymond Digs: Move bitch.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Criminal dinner! A buzzard feast!
2 April 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This episode "Carrion Death" has to rank as one of the best from season 3 of the crypt. The story starts off with a bang from the beginning and the action continues till the end. Kyle MacLachlan stars as an escaped prisoner who while starting his new adventure robs a bank, only to head across the Arizona desert and with the hope of getting across the border to Mexico to avoid prosecution. Never worry the cop spots him and while pursuing him both crash, then the chase into the desert begins! So typical you have your cop and criminal chase just like the old west days. And the cop who's played eagerly and aggressive by George Deloy does his best to track him down across the desert and the action and drama between the two is fun and entertaining. Only a little buddy I say a bird buddy joins them and watches the path! The criminal appears to take the upper hand, but the civil servant makes a smart move by swallowing a handcuff key before he departs. Still it's a race to the border, but remember just when you think your safe a bird buddy returns. This episode ends very gruesome and gory, as it turns out to be criminal lunch and a buzzard feast! Overall a pretty good crypt episode with action and a good chase topped off by a gory ending.

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