Tales from the Crypt: Season 4, Episode 8

Showdown (1 Aug. 1992)

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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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Despite the on-screen credit for "Two-Fisted Tales", this episode was an original story, though it does share the name of a story from issue 37 of the "Two-Fisted Tales" comic book. The credit is due to the fact that this was produced as an episode of the unsold anthology series Two-Fisted Tales (1992). The comic book of the same name is a war anthology and did not feature any Western or horror stories. See more »


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Spooky horror-Western episode
21 July 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Cocky young outlaw Billy Quintaine (an excellent performance by Neil Giuntoli) stops off at a rundown one-horse town that's populated by the ghosts of his victims. Director Richard Donner, working from a compelling script by Frank Darabont, relates the absorbing story at a steady pace, stages the bloody and exciting shoot-outs with real flair and panache, and does an expert job of creating and sustaining a brooding, gritty, and grimly serious tone that becomes more increasingly bleak and unsettling as the plot unfolds towards a violent downbeat conclusion. The uniformly sound acting from the bang-up cast helps a whole lot: Giuntoli excels in the lead, David Morse brings a quiet intensity and conviction as determined Texas Ranger Tom McMurdo, Roderick Cook does well as wily Irish carpetbagger Cornelius Bosch, and Tommy Townsend contributes a lively turn as hearty tour guide Big Bart. Moreover, there's a strong and provocative central message about how it's impossible for a desperado to run away from his own dark past. Hiro Narita's sun-burnt golden-hued cinematography provides an appropriately dusty'n'desolate look while Michael Kamen's twangy and harmonic score hits the melodic spot. An eerie and effective episode.

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