Tales from the Crypt: Season 1, Episode 1

The Man Who Was Death (10 Jun. 1989)

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After the death penalty is abolished, an executioner continues his former job through freelancing...

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Niles Talbot (as Bill Sadler)
J.W. Smith ...
Charley Ledbetter
Roy Brocksmith ...
Vic
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Warden Havers
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Theodore Carne
Dani Minnick ...
Cynthia Baldwin
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Distraught Woman
Robert Winley ...
Jimmy Flood
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Edgar Small ...
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Mark Lowenthal ...
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F.J. O'Neil ...
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Jury Foreman (as Raymond O'Conner)
Jennifer Evans ...
Newscaster #1 (as M. Jennifer Evans)
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After working for two years in the electric workshop of a penitentiary, the electrician Niles Talbot has been promoted to executioner, operating an electric chair, and he appreciates his job. When the death penalty is abolished in his state, Niles loses his job. But he decides to become a vigilante, punishing criminals that are released by justice system. Until the day that the death penalty is implemented again in the state. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Walter Hill agreed to give William Sadler the lead only if he vowed to perform it exactly as he had for the audition. See more »

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Crypt Keeper: [flies buzz then get zapped by a bug zapper] Aww, poor little fellas. When I think of their childhood, all those cute little maggots hahahahaha. Our story is about a man with nobler ambitions. He likes to kill human pests and he does it in front of an audience. Now that's entertainment hahahaha. So hang onto your hats kiddies, this one's a real shocker.
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A shocking start to a shocking show.
22 May 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Tales From The Crypt was a fantastic, gloriously over the top interpretation of tales cribbed from the much-loved E.C. Comics of old. Hosted by the cackling, pun-making Crypt Keeper (voiced by John Kassir) it was full of blood, profanity and nudity whenever possible and often nasty in all the best ways.

Having said that, this very first episode (directed and co-written by Walter Hill) may seem a little tame compared to what the show would go on to offer fans but it's a wonderful, macabre start to proceedings that zips by thanks to a fun storyline and a great central turn from William Sadler.

Sadler plays an executioner who just doesn't know what to do with himself when the death penalty is abolished and he finds his particular services no longer needed. But justice still needs to be served.

A typical mix of horror and humour, this is a perfect opening entry for a series that would continually tread a very thin line between the tasteless and the deliciously dark.


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