An abnormally difficult child tests a psychologist.




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Bonnie (as Twiggy Lawson)
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Pompous radio psychologist Dr. Alan Getz is told that he is in danger of losing his show due to poor ratings. In a bid to remedy the problem he decides to visit the home of regular caller, Nora. A woman who has continual trouble with her badly behaved daughter Felicity. A move which he believes will be a great publicity stunt. Accompanied by his long suffering producer Bonni and his bitchy boss Rona. Getz arrives at Rona's dilapidated, old house waiting to meet the badly behaved Felicity. Little knowing what horror lies in store for his associates and himself. Written by Robert McElwaine

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25 July 1992 (USA)  »

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Dr Goetz recommends that Nora read his book, "The Art of Ignoring Your Child". She informs him that she already has it, and shows him her collection of psychology books. A closeup of the shelf reveals the Goetz volume, plus several other books that apparently were made up by the prop department, except for two real books: the scholarly journal "Psychological Monographs" for 1954 (multiple issues from that year bound together as you would find in a library, complete with a real library call-number on the spine); and a copy of the novel "Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie" by Alice B. Emerson (New York: Cupples & Leon, 1916), a strange choice indeed for a shelf otherwise holding mostly self-help books on child psychology. See more »


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A Crypt episode not to be...ignored!
17 April 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"The New Arrival" definitely is one of the uncanniest and most macabre episodes off all the seven "Tales from the Crypt" seasons, and this despite the almost complete lack of gore and raw action. This tale simply features an ultra-grim premise, the exact right casting choices and quite a lot of spooky scenery. Murderous children are scary! More than enough movies proved that already and it's even more scary if the kids are psychiatric cases that wear eerie white masks! Dr. Alan Getz once was a successful children's psychologist but now he's a radio talk show host who gives the same advise to every desperate mother who asks for his help: just ignore your child's rebellious behavior. When his producers threaten to take him off the air, Dr. Getz uses his most frequent caller to boost up his popularity and promises to personally come and cure her daughter Felicity. He gets a lot more than he bargained for when both mother & daughter turn out to be totally insane and living in their own secure world. David Warner is terrific as the obnoxious doctor and, even though I couldn't stand her shrill voice in "Poltergeist", Zelda Rubinstein is ideally cast as the freaky mother. Peter Medak once directed the classic 'haunted house'-chiller "The Changeling", so he perfectly knows how to create an ominous and claustrophobic atmosphere. This is exactly what I expect from a decent "Tales from the Crypt"-episode: a fair amount of frights, morbidity and black humor. Recommended!

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