Tales from the Crypt: Season 6, Episode 6

The Bribe (23 Nov. 1994)

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Newly appointed fire marshal Inspector Martin Zeller aims to shut down the strip club that his daughter Hilery works as a dancer at. However, Zeller finds out Hilery isn't getting a ... See full summary »

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Inspector Martin Zeller
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Hiley Zeller (as Kimberly Williams)
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Newly appointed fire marshal Inspector Martin Zeller aims to shut down the strip club that his daughter Hilery works as a dancer at. However, Zeller finds out Hilery isn't getting a scholarship for college, so he takes a bribe from sleazy club owner Puck to pay for her tuition. Nonetheless, Zeller still decides to go through with his plan to close down the club. Written by Woodyanders

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Dark thriller themed tale from the crypt.

Tales from the Crypt: The Bribe starts as new fire marshal Martin Zeller (Terry O'Quinn) threatens to close Los Angeles strip club 'The Naked Experience' & put it's owner Puck (Esai Morales) out of business. Puck offers Zeller a substantial monetary bribe but Zeller refuses. Back home & Zeller learns that his daughter Hailey (Kimberly Williams) is about to lose her place at college due to not being able to afford the fees. As a lowly fire marshal her dad can't afford the money either but suddenly the bribe offered by Puck becomes very attractive & he intends to use the $60,000 to pay for Hailey's schooling. However Zeller's conscience get the better of him & plots revenge but his plan goes tragically wrong...

All the sixes episode 6 from season 6 this Tales from the Crypt story was directed by Ramón Menéndez & is an alright way to pass just under thirty odd minutes but I must say The Bribe doesn't particularly feel like a Tales from the Crypt in the sense there are no noticeable supernatural, occult or horror themes present. The script by Scott Nimerfro is based on a story from the comic book 'Shock SuspenStories' which backs up my assessment that The Bribe is more of a dark thriller where by a series of coincidences the story turns out very bad for certain character's in a very terminal, worst case scenario sort of way. There's nothing wrong with that except that The Bribe just doesn't feel like a Tales from the Crypt episode, there's no horror, nothing supernatural, no monsters or creatures or special effects & just feels like a run of the mill thriller with a notably dark twist ending which to be fair does work quite well & ends things on a suitably downbeat tone but it's not horror, it's not Sci-Fi & it's not what I or the majority of viewers would consider good source material for a Tales from the Crypt episode. It's worth watching for sure but in regard to the rest of the series it's forgettable & doesn't really stand out in any way.

Not being particularly horror themed there's no special effects, there's no gory set-pieces or make-up or monsters or whatever. There's a dead body in a pool of splattered blood & a burn person but nothing else. There's a nice opening montage set in a strip club featuring some bare breasted ladies you might like if that sort of thing turns you on. There's a really stylish moment in The Bribe when Hailey goes into her room & talks to her dad Martin & the wall between her bedroom & the living room turns transparent so both Hailey & martin are seen in the same shot despite being in different rooms next to each other. Veteran film & telly actor Terry O'Quinn stars while Hollywood star Benicio Del Toro has a fairly small role despite near top billing. The funny opening & closing Cryptkeeper sequences features him dressed as 'Uncle Sam' campaigning for office!

The Bribe is alright for what it is & is well worth a watch if you can catch it on telly for free but it doesn't really feel like a Tales from the Crypt episode & the lack of any horror or supernatural elements doesn't endear it to me at all.


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