Tales from the Crypt: Season 7, Episode 7

The Kidnapper (7 Jun. 1996)

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A young man takes in a pregnant woman and falls in love with her but becomes jealous when her child is born so he sets out to get rid of the kid forever.

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A young man takes in a pregnant woman and falls in love with her but becomes jealous when her child is born so he sets out to get rid of the kid forever.

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The Kidnapper
16 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a strange one, strange only in the sense that what is it doing in a horror series? A youthful Steve Coogan plays a lonely pawnbroker or similar who is sitting in his shop one day when in walks a heavily pregnant young woman. She offers to sell him a family heirloom; he tells her it is worth £350 but he can offer her only a fraction of that. Then he invites her to move in with him, as you would do.

The baby is born - a boy - with a very pronounced birthmark on its back. At this point the viewer is probably thinking there will be some kind of Satanic connection. Alas.

Deciding the child is coming between them in their albeit platonic relationship, he decides to have it kidnapped in what looks suspiciously like Crystal Palace Park. The baby is spirited away. The rest is, well, a very sad anti-climax, which makes this one of the weakest episodes in this series. Don't expect to be frightened, only mildly surprised, the same way you would be if you were to run into a neighbour on a day trip to Calais.


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