Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Only Sin Deep 

A hooker learns that beauty is only skin deep.




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Episode cast overview:
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Britt Leach ...
Ronnie Price
Matthew Faison ...
Old Crone
Pamela West ...
Barry Thompson ...


The twenty-one year-old streetwalker Sylvia Vane is narcissistic with the beauty of her face. After killing a pimp and stealing his jewels, she heads to a pawnshop to raise money to buy expensive clothes to seduce the wealthy bachelor Ronnie Price. The pawnbroker offers ten-thousand dollars for her beauty and advises that she has four months to retrieve it, and Sylvia believes he is crazy. Sylvia succeeds in her intent and she moves to Ronnie's penthouse. Four months later, she finds wrinkles on her face and she remembers her debt with the pawnshop owner. Will she have time to revert the situation? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 June 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Lea Thompson, she found it difficult to perform love scenes with Brett Cullen because he is her close friend in real life. Her difficulty was compounded by the fact that her husband, Howard Deutch was directing her. She had to redub her dialogue in those scenes in post-production. See more »


The calender had the same picture before and after the four months in the peddler's shop. See more »


Sylvia Vane: I didn't know you was a teen idol!
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References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Remember kiddies. Beauty isn't everything!
24 September 2013 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

(Plot) A gold digging, prostitute named Sylvia (Lea Thompson) leaves her profession to become rich by using her natural beauty to her advantage, where she ends up being embroiled in murder. A pawnbroker offers her 10,000 dollars in exchange for her irresistible beauty, with a four month warranty offer to retrieve her beauty. Sylvia doesn't realize what she's in for…

What the heck, guys? How come this is rated so low? I personally think this is a highly entertaining episode, and filled with creativity. It doesn't have much suspense, but there are plenty of great cheap thrills, and the black humor is absolutely tremendous, with high levels of entertainment. This is the type of thing you would see in an anthology horror film, akin back to the 70's. It also has a heavy dose of karma. It shows when you get too greedy for your own good karma will bite back at you. I really dug the way they ended this one. This isn't a very gory episode. We do get some creepy aging makeup, some very bloody gunshot wounds, and TINY hints at necrophilia, but that's about it. Gore is not this one's forte. Lea Thompson isn't quite as gorgeous as this episode makes her out to be, but she sure is a looker to say the least. I dug her accent and her arrogant swagger as well. She basically is this episode, and I felt she nailed it. Britt Leach is very creepy as the pawnbroker. His subtle, yet menacing show gave me the willies.

Final Thoughts: This is an extremely entertaining episode, and I consider it to be one of the more underrated one's. It's a lot of fun to watch. I highly recommend this episode to you.


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