Tales from the Crypt: Season 3, Episode 12

Deadline (14 Aug. 1991)

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Charles McKenzie is a drunk out of work reporter who would do anything for a story. He meets Vicki in a bar who makes him feel like he can turn his life around. He quits drinking and can ... See full summary »

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Charles McKenzie is a drunk out of work reporter who would do anything for a story. He meets Vicki in a bar who makes him feel like he can turn his life around. He quits drinking and can get his old job back as long as he can stay on the wagon and prove he can still bring in a good murder story. While reading a newspaper in Niko's Grill, he hears the owner kill his wife in the back. This is just the story he needs... Written by grrlpunk

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The Crypt goes psychological!
11 March 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly gore-free episode of "Tales from the Crypt" but, instead, the story is very compelling and well-written. The subject matter isn't very groundbreaking and features clichés as well as stereotype characters, and yet there's an effectively tense atmosphere to this story that I really liked. Richard Jordon – who died only a year later – plays an alcoholic ex-reporter looking for a scoop story that'll give him his old job back. When he meets a gorgeous younger woman and starts a sexual relationship with her, Charlie has even more courage to bring his life back on track. But a scoop is nowhere to be found and the desperation drives Charlie to committing crime himself. Like I said; no gore but quite a lot of atmosphere thanks to the depressing set pieces and the ominous narrative style. Marg Helgenberger ("Species", "After Midnight") never looked so sexy as she does right here and there's a cool small role for Jon Polito. Walter Hill is one this great show's regular producers but he primarily remains a solid director.


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