Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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And All Through the House 

A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose.


Robert Zemeckis


Fred Dekker (screenplay), Steven Dodd (creator)

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Episode cast overview:
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Wife
Larry Drake ... Santa
Marshall Bell ... Husband
Lindsey Whitney Barry Lindsey Whitney Barry ... Carrie Ann


On Christmas Eve, a mother controls the anxiety of her little daughter Carrie Ann for Santa Claus and puts her to bed. Then she comes to the living room and kills her husband, hitting his head with a fireplace poker, expecting to receive his life insurance and stay with her lover. While she is dumping his body on the yard, the dangerous patient of a mental institution dressed like Santa Claus attacks her but she succeeds to escape and lock the door. However, she is unable to call the police since the body of her husband is in the front yard. Out of the blue, Carrie calls her mother with an unexpected guest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

10 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is the first line from "A Visit from St. Nicholas" first published anonymously in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore. See more »


When the wife takes the keys from her dead husband and makes her way back into the house, there's no snow on the hood of her coat, nor on her shoulders, yet when you see her entering filmed from inside the house, there is quite a lot of snow on the top of her hood and shoulders. See more »


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Naughty and nice
24 January 2010 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

I have watched this episode more often than any other TFTC episode, it is that enjoyable. And it is quite scary, but all in good, ghoulish fun. A woman kills her 2nd husband but runs into a problem when an escaped maniac in a ragged Santa Claus outfit decides to pay her and her little girl a visit at that very moment. Mary Traynor, who I seem to remember from SNL or some other TV comedy skit show, is the evil wife, and Larry Drake plays the lunatic in the dingy Santa outfit. I had forgotten Santa was played by Drake over the years. His Santa is an unstoppable force and quite frightening at times. You can probably guess how Santa finally gets into the house. The episode is played for laughs, but it also can be pretty intense at times.

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