Married couple Fred and Erma's restaurant has seen better days. But things change once a stranger walks in, with a rather unique steak recipe...

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Married couple Fred and Erma's restaurant has seen better days. But things change once a stranger walks in, with a rather unique steak recipe...

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22 July 1992 (USA)  »

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As Fred is looking in his 'Squid, Squid and More Squid' Cookbook for a new recipe, he talks about inventing Squid on a Stick, while he's reading (and finger-underlining) a recipe for Squid with Grapefruit Sauce. See more »

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Gaston: It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and we're all just different flavors of Alpo.
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Yummy! Meat loaf for dinner!
27 April 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Now this is exactly what I expect and hope to find in a "Tales from the Crypt"-episode! A fun and undemanding story, some gore, morbid black humor and familiar faces in unusual roles! "What's Cookin' features it all! The late Christopher Reeve stars as an unsuccessful restaurant owner with loads of debts and no customers for his cephalopod-dishes. When merciless landlord Chumley threatens to throw him out, homeless employee Gaston comes along with a wonderful recipe for steak and saves Fred and Erma's restaurant! The steakhouse rapidly becomes the hottest joint in town, but what exactly is Gaston's culinary secret? And where has Mr. Chumley gone all of a sudden? You guessed it; pretty much like in Paul Bartel's cult-favorite "Eating Raoul", human flesh is served as a true delicacy here and everyone is ordering seconds! This is a very amusing entry in the Crypt-series, neatly directed by Gilbert Adler who was one of the principal producers of the entire franchise. The plot offers no surprises but the acting performances are enthusiast and there's a fair amount of action. And they can say whatever they want about vegetarianism but those steaks looked extremely good and gave me the munchies! Christopher Reeve, Art LaFleur and Meat Loaf are all great in their roles and especially Judd Nelson seems to have fun as the supplier of fresh meat! This episode ranks top 3 best "Tales…" of the whole fourth season.


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