Tales from the Crypt: Season 5, Episode 4

Food for Thought (6 Oct. 1993)

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The great Zambini is an old carnival psychic who performs his act of mind reading with the aid of his young assistant Connie. She however is a slave to her cruel master who often beats her.... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Twin #1
Margaret Howell ...
Twin #2
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Granville Ames ...
Reginald Hunter ...
Reggie (as Reginald Horter)


The great Zambini is an old carnival psychic who performs his act of mind reading with the aid of his young assistant Connie. She however is a slave to her cruel master who often beats her. But when she and a handsome fire eater called Johnny become secret lovers, things look set to change. Sadly Zambini has the advantage of being able to read his desperate assistant's mind. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Twin #1: Dirty underwear! That was rich, Connie. You really shut up that rube.
Connie: It wasn't me. It was Zambini.
Twin #1: Yeah, right. Come on, Connie. We didn't pay no dime to see your act.
Twin #2: Why do you always pretend that Zambini's for real?
Connie: Because he is.
Emmet: Heh, right! She must think we're a bunch of rubes too.
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Neat episode
27 April 2012 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Domineering carnival mind reader Zambini (superbly played with deliciously wicked relish by Ernie Hudson) can read the thoughts of his lovely browbeaten assistant Connie (a fine and appealing performance by the gorgeous Joan Chen). Complications ensue when Zambini finds out that Connie has fallen for nice guy fire eater Johnny (a solid and likable portrayal by John Laughlin). Director Rodman Flender, working from a compelling script by Larry Wilson, relates the absorbing story at a steady pace, maintains a serious tone throughout, offers a vivid evocation of the colorfully seedy carnie setting, and delivers some nice'n'nasty gore at the genuinely surprising conclusion. The sturdy acting from the able cast helps a whole lot: Hudson brings a strong and authoritative presence to his juicy villain role, Chen and Laughlin are sympathetic in their parts, and Phil Fondacaro does well as mean and sleazy dwarf Emmet. Rick Bota's slick cinematography makes nifty use of tilted camera angles. Sylvestor Levay's shuddery score hits the shivery spot. A worthwhile show.

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