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:
Hans / Younger Carlton Webster
Dr. Thorne
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Renata Scott ...
Female Patient
Kendall McCarthy ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Muscle Beach Trainer
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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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 »


Fulton: Are you sure that you're doing the right thing, sir?
Carlton Webster: What do you mean, Fulton?
Fulton: [referring to Linda] Well, how can you be certain that she will fall in love with you, even after you make these... changes?
Carlton Webster: Because I love her, and love conquers all.
Fulton: Love can also be blind, sir. I just pray that you aren't the only one it conquers.
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Straightforward body swap story with an unusual choice of director
12 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

While lacking the finesse and atmosphere of the Amicus anthologies of the '70s, which were based on the same source material, the EC comics of the 1950s, the TALES FROM THE CRYPT series passes the time amiably enough, adding some gore into the otherwise light proceedings to help things move along. Fortunately the episodes carried on the tradition of adding a neat twist to the tale at the end of the stories, which is prominent in the episodes on this compilation tape I viewed.

THE SWITCH is an entertaining story, although it can hardly be counted as horror. Under the direction of a certain Arnold Schwarzenegger the simplistic tale benefits from some different special effects work (the makeup effects are very good) and some good acting, as well as an obvious but clever twist in the tale. William Hickey overacts as a devious old codger and there is even a classic mad scientist sub plot.

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