Tales from the Crypt: Season 6, Episode 3

Whirlpool (31 Oct. 1994)

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Struggling comic book artist Rolanda gets fired from her job by her mean and demanding boss Vern. However, Rolanda finds herself experiencing the events of this one fateful day over and ... See full summary »

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Struggling comic book artist Rolanda gets fired from her job by her mean and demanding boss Vern. However, Rolanda finds herself experiencing the events of this one fateful day over and over again with some changes, but the same dismal results. Written by Woodyanders

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"I wouldn't line a bird cage with this story." Really poor tale from the crypt.

Tales from the Crypt: Whirlpool starts in the tales from the crypt comic book offices where artist Rolanda (Rita Rudner) has her latest strip called 'Whirlpool' rejected by her demanding editor Vern (Richard Lewis), to add insult to injury Vern fires her as well for being rubbish. However the next morning Rolanda wakes up to find she is starting the day again, again she is fired & things happen in exactly the same fashion but but this time things don't quite end in the same way...

This Tales from the Crypt story was episode 3 from season 6, directed by Mick Garris I thought Whirlpool was a poor excuse for a tale from the crypt. The script by the show's regular producer Gilbet Adler & A L Katz was based on a story from 'The Vault of Horror' comic book & is pretty bad, for a start I would really struggle to call Whirlpool even horror themed, it lacks any dark sense of humour & the story is a complete mess. The basic premise of setting it in the Tales from the Crypt comic book offices has already done in season 2's Korman's Kalamity & the fact that what one of the artist's strips becomes reality was also the basis for Korman's Kalamity but without the horror, the fun, the gore or any sort decent twist ending. I mean the fact that this whole Tales from the Crypt episode just turned out to be a comic strip from the latest issue is not amongst the show's best twist's & it's revealed in a somewhat convoluted way.

This one is a period piece that looks to be set during the 50's & has decent enough production values, there's no gore, swearing or nudity in this one apart from the closing Crypt Keeper (John Kassir) segment when he reveals a decapitated head. Another thing I noticed about Whirlpool is that it has to be the shortest Tales from the Crypt episode so far, it runs for a few seconds over 20 minutes compared to the usual 30 odd minutes but even then it felt dull & boring.

Whirlpool is one of the lamest Tales from the Crypt episodes that I have seen although it's still not quite as bad as season 5's King of the Road.


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