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 ...
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Jimmy Flood
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Edgar Small ...
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Mark Lowenthal ...
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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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Guess Who Won't Be Pulling' the Switch This Time
9 October 2008 | by (Iowa, United States) – See all my reviews

Tales from the Crypt, season one, begins with a bang...or a jolt,as it were.

The Man Who Was Death features William Sadler as Niles Talbot, a seasoned executioner who is out of a job when the death penalty is abolished. Angered that all the injustice in the city, Niles takes to the streets and begins to give criminal scum their just desserts...but will it ultimately be Niles who will be judged.

The episode is flawless, a masterpiece of anthology. In a rarity, the main character breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience the entire time. It also has a nice noir-feel to it.


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