Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Switch 

A wealthy and elderly man subjects himself to a revolutionary new treatment in order to please his gold-digger girlfriend. Unfortunately becoming young again turns out to be very expensive.


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Episode credited cast:
Roy Brocksmith ...
Dr. Thorne
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Renata Scott ...
Female Patient
Kendall McCarthy ...
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Waitress (scenes deleted)


The millionaire Carlton Webster is infatuated by the gorgeous and young Linda who does not know that he is a wealthy man. When he proposes her to get married with him, she tells that he is too old for her and Carlton becomes obsessed to look younger. He visits an infamous doctor that asks one million dollars to switch his face with the younger Hans that will receive 900,000 dollars. When Carlton visits Linda again, she tells that his torso is too old and the doctor now asks two million dollars for a new surgery and his associate Hans again is the donator. But when Linda sees Carlton's legs, she tells that they are scrawny legs. Carlton goes to the doctor that asks his last three million dollars for the surgery. Carlton becomes young with Hans's body but when he visits Linda, he finds that she has moved for a fancy neighborhood and soon he learns what she is looking for. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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21 April 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marks the first time that the original story was actually published in the "Tales from the Crypt" comic book. All the previous stories originated in other EC Comics titles. See more »


Carlton Webster: I want to look like I'm thirty years old.
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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If I said you had a beautiful body would you . . . . . . let me buy parts of it in exchange for mine?
3 July 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

One of the first Tales From The Crypt episodes that I actually caught on TV, this one immediately won me over and remains a bit of a favourite of mine.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (who appears in the intro sequence) directs a tale of a rich old man (the great William Hickey) in love with a younger woman (Kelly Preston). To make things right between them he convinces a doctor (Roy Brocksmith) to swap round parts of his old body with parts of a younger man (Rick Rossovich). Each operation costs a LOT of money and highlights another body part that needs exchanged.

More comedic than horrific, this episode has a little less flesh and blood on display but unfolds it's twisted tale with great performances and some great, dark comedy. Hickey and Rossovich, in particular, are both great as they swap body parts and there are some decent effects used throughout to show the after-effects of each operation.

A fun, memorable tale that other fans should enjoy as much as I did/do.

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