Tales from the Crypt: Season 4, Episode 8

Showdown (1 Aug. 1992)

TV Episode  |  Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Horror
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A gunfighter confronts his past.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Tom McMurdo
Billy Quintaine (as Neil Gray Giuntoli)
Roderick Cook ...
Cornelius Bosch
Deputy Wilson
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Monty Bass ...
Grant Gelt ...
Little Boy
Tommy Townsend ...
Big Bart
Mel Coleman ...


A gunfighter confronts his past.

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1 August 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Frank Darabont:  the writer shows up as a dead cowboy. See more »


Edited from Two-Fisted Tales (1992) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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"You sons 'a bitches!"
28 October 2015 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

If you can't fight fate, go out with guns blazing... This monstrous anomaly of an episode is just a plain old nasty clusterf**k to the eyes that plays out like a fever dream! And even when you're watching it again in the context of knowing what the hell it's actually supposed to mean, it still makes zero sense.. So this outlaw cowboy, after a classic old showdown at dawn with the deputy who hunted him down, gradually comes to realise that the truth of his existence is that he is a dead man wandering in a dusty limbo, both he and the deputy having shot and killed each other at the same time, and that only by accepting the fact can he ever be free to move on and find peace in the afterlife... The lofty themes which are done in a very half-assed way, don't even belong in this kind of show at all, and this is not a Crypt episode as far as I'm concerned. It's just weak tripe, there's nothing remotely meaningful about it. If you'd like to see something that's actually worthwhile and moving that's along similar lines to this, do try to check out the 1999 movie "Purgatory." Aw bless ya rotten old heart for trying Cryptkeeper, but not even your lovably hackneyed ghoulish quips can make this feel like the Crypt episode it so clearly is not! Absolutely terrible, it doesn't have any weight to it at all and is painful to watch. If the overall goal was to confuse and disorientate the audience to the point of insensibility, then I salute them!

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