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"Tales from the Crypt" Two for the Show (1993)

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

What are we going to find in your suitcase?

8/10
Author: mattressman_pdl from Iowa, United States
21 November 2007

Two excellent actors square off in this thrilling, well performed episode of Tales from the Crypt. David Paymer is Andy, a workaholic who murders his adulterous wife in a fit of rage. Vincent Spano is Officer Fine, the uniform cop who responds to the neighbor's report of a woman screaming. This episode is a nice, strong cat and mouse game with each actor at the top of their game. Paymer plays a nervous wreck very well and Vincent Spano's subtle, clever police officer work off well together.

In fact, a full length film featuring these two would probably work as well. The end is the best part as the twist comes from completely out of nowhere. A classic slight of hand trick that has the viewer looking one way while the twist comes from another.

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Decent tale from the crypt.

6/10
Author: Paul Andrews (poolandrews@hotmail.com) from UK
21 March 2007

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Tales from the Crypt: Two for the Show starts as Emma Conway (Traci Lords) the beautiful young wife of Andy Conway (David Paymer) announces that she is having an affair & is leaving him, enraged he kills her & slices up the body which he then plans to dump. However Emma's screams alerted a neighbour who phoned the police & although Officer Fine (Vincent Spano) couldn't find any hard evidence in his apartment he takes a particular interest in the case & Andy's activities...

This Tales from the Crypt story was episode 6 from season 5, directed by Kevin Hooks I liked Two for the Show. The script by the show's regular producer Gilbert Adler & A L Katz was based on a story from the 'Crime SuspenStories' comic book & that in itself might tell you that Two for the Show is one of those Tales from the Crypt which plays & feels more like a crime thriller with added gore & one of it's trademark twist endings. I liked it as a story, the build up is good & I certainly didn't guess the ending which works very well although there is one plot flaw when the cop Fine had no way of knowing that Andy would put the tag from his case with his name & address on it onto the one he wanted him to even though this was essential to his plan. It lacks the dark sense of humour many of the best Tales from the Crypt episodes have & is quite serious in tone although having said that the Crypt Keeper (John Kassir) doesn't let us down & Two for the Show features amongst the most funny opening & closing segments as he gets to do stand up comedy in a couple of very funny scenes.

This one looks alright, it's well made & there's some nice gore here. There's plenty of blood splatter, there's a load of severed body parts & a hand gets minced. The acting is fine & porn star Traci Lords looks nice.

Two for the Show has a slight flaw in a major plot hole but I liked it all the same as the twist & gore saves it, a good episode all the same.

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Two For The Show

9/10
Author: a_baron from United Kingdom
28 November 2014

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This one starts with a murder; a delicious young woman in the prime of her life tells her boor of a husband she's leaving him, but he has other ideas. He strangles her, but after she reaches for the ever present scissors cutting his face, he ends up stabbing her to death. At this point he might just about have gotten away with second degree murder, but alas it's what you do afterwards that counts.

If you are as perceptive as a certain reviewer you will realise immediately why the police officer called to the crime scene takes such an interest in the case, but let's not spoil it! Suffice it to say the clue is in the angry phone call, and crime scene is a bit strong, a neighbour reported an argument followed by a scream. When the uniformed officer turns up, hubby is trying to pack wifey's body into a suitcase. Boarding a train for Chicago, he finds the officer, now in plain clothes, in the seat opposite.

All very pedestrian so far, but if you can stand the gore and the bad guy getting away with murder, there is a terrific punchline.

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Nifty and suspenseful change of pace thriller episode

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
11 May 2012

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Nebbishy workaholic businessman Andy Conway (superbly played to the nerdy'n'nervous hilt by David Paymer) murders his beautiful and adulterous younger wife Emma (a brief, but terrifically tart turn by the gorgeous Traci Lords) after she threatens to leave him. Andy packs Emma's mangled body in a trunk and decides to leave town via train. However, Andy encounters cunning and persistent police officer Fine (a sturdy performance by Vincent Spano) on said train. Director Kevin Hooks, working from a crafty and absorbing script by A.L. Katz and Gilbert Adler, relates the gripping story at a brisk pace, develops a considerable amount of tension, offers a few nice bits of bloody splatter, and delivers one startling pip of a shocking and unexpected surprise twist at the bitterly ironic conclusion. The inspired acting by the two excellent leads really keeps things humming: Paymer and Spano play off each other exceptionally well, with the spectacle of Paymer sweating and squirming as his already antsy composure cracks under Spano's merciless incessant grilling a particular treat to watch throughout. Levie Issacks' slick cinematography gives this episode a cool glossy look. A tight and enjoyable little outing.

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