No-count Ray Wells kills his dying father so he can inherit an old ruined farmhouse. Unbeknownst to Ray, said farmhouse has a nightmarish legacy attached to it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Clare Hoak ...
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Mrs. Peterson
Michele Landry ...
Constance Wiggins ...


No-count Ray Wells kills his dying father so he can inherit an old ruined farmhouse. Unbeknownst to Ray, said farmhouse has a nightmarish legacy attached to it.

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28 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Not too bad but not great.

Tales from the Crypt: Surprise Party starts late one stormy night as Ray Wells (Adam Storke) drives to the burnt out farm house he has just inherited off his father (Rance Howard) who was going to leave the property to charity but Ray had other ideas & murdered his sick father before he could change his will. Despite warnings of the ground being cursed Ray sees nothing but an opportunity to make money & when he hears that squatters may be living on the property from a local in a nearby town he drives out there to investigate & finds a group of teenagers having a party, a party which has a big surprise in store for Ray as the sins of his father's past come back for revenge...

This Tales from the Crypt story was episode 11 from season 6, directed by Elliot Siverstein I have to say while Surprise Party isn't terrible it's not amongst the best although considering how bad certain episodes from season six have been it's perfectly watchable if somewhat forgettable. The script was based on a story from 'The Vault of Horror' comic book & it's a decent enough tale with an average twist, the ending isn't the greatest & there's no real connection between the events of his father's past & Ray to really justify what actually happens although while the twist does work it's not the most amazing or memorable the series has ever offered up. The horror elements are OK, there's some burnt zombies but the majority of Surprise Party doesn't really play like a horror film & the first half of the episode is almost totally devoted to a long flashback scene of Ray & his father arguing over his will & the property. I don't know, I can't say Surprise Party is bad but I can't say it's particularly good either & it's certainly not amongst my favourite Tales from the Crypt episodes.

Although generally well made with good production values as usual there's nothing scary here & there's not much blood or gore either, there's some burnt zombies & the ending features a screaming man doused in petrol & set alight. The Cryptkeeper sequences has him dressed as a skier & there's plenty of ski related puns & the like. The cast member that stands out here is Jake Busey who surely sports the most embarrassing hair do of his career.

Surprise Party is an average Tales from the Crypt episode from a pretty variable season six, I can't say it's that bad but I can't say it's that good either. Worth watching if you can catch it on telly for free I suppose.

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