A psychic clown and part-time cook who abuses his assistant and wife learns that she is having an affair with a fire eater and plans to runs off with him.




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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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6 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Average Tales from the Crypt episode.

Tales from the Crypt: Food for Thought is set in a carnival where the the great Zambini (Ernie Hudson) & his assistant Connie (Joan Chen) have a psychic act where Zambini can get into Connie's mind & transmit messages & thoughts, however this is not an equal partnership as Zambini treats Connie like a slave, he beats her & he uses the fear she has of him to keep her there. Johnny (John Laughlin) the fire eater sees how Zambini treats Connie & offers her a way out with him as he plans to run away, Connie agrees but unfortunately Zambini can read her thoughts & discovers the plan...

This Tales from the Crypt story was episode 4 from season 5, the first of two Tales from the Crypt episodes to be directed by Rodman Flender I quite liked Food for Thought but didn't think it was overly special. The script by Larry Wilson was based on a story in the 'Tales from the Crypt' comic book is a bit forgettable, there's none of the dark humour that grace many of the best tales from the Crypt episodes & the majority of Food for Thought feels more like a love story than a horror. Having said that at only just over 20 minutes in length it moves along at a decent pace & is saved by a nicely gruesome twist ending which is maybe a bit predictable but satisfying all the same. This one also features very funny opening & closing Crypt Keeper (John Kassir) sequences where he is a dentist operating on an unfortunate patient complete with some amusingly bad puns about dentistry before he pulls the guys tongue out!

As usual this looks very good with a nice authentic low rent carnival setting although the Tales from the Crypt team should be used to it as they have set several stories in carnivals before. It's well made with good production values, there's not much gore here apart from the end where someones brains get eaten from the top of their ripped open head. The acting was alright with Hudson standing out as the villain.

Food for Thought isn't the best tale from the crypt & until the ending which saved it it wasn't really doing anything for me, worth a watch for fans although there are better episodes out there.

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