Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Korman's Kalamity 

A cop learns that an illustrator of "Tales from the Crypt" might have the power to make his monstrous creations come to life due to his shrewish wife.


Rowdy Herrington


Terry Black (screenplay), Steven Dodd (creator)

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Episode cast overview:
Harry Anderson ... Jim Korman
Cynthia Gibb ... Lorelei Phelps
Colleen Camp ... Mrs. Mildred Korman
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Austin Straus Austin Straus ... Bob Grimes
Lance Davis Lance Davis ... Art Goldstein
Richard Schiff ... Lester Middleton
Abel Franco Abel Franco ... Lt. Bushmill
Michael Lee Owens Michael Lee Owens ... Douglas
Eric Mettner Eric Mettner ... Butch
Artis Phillips Jr. Artis Phillips Jr. ... News Vendor
Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Utility Monster


Jim Korman (Anderson) is a comic book artist for the popular comic, "Tales From the Crypt." His overbearing and ruthlessly mean wife (Camp) is constantly nagging him and bothering him at work. While taking some experimental fertility pills, the side effects start to take hold. Strange things begin to happen all over the city, strange creatures start to appear... creatures that Jim has drawn. Written by Eric Eddy

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Release Date:

26 June 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Crypt Keeper: Well, how's that for a sappy ending. Was it a little too graphic fort you? Oh, well. Next thing you know, Jim and his new gal pal will be walking down the easeI together. I guess he learned that life imitates art after all. As for poor Mildred, she learned that death imitates art too. Maybe if she'd been nicer to him, she wouldn't have ended up a monsterpiece.
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References Creepshow (1982) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Nice little episode that pays homage to the series start as a comic book!
14 March 2007 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This 1990 "Tales From The Crypt" episode titled "Korman's Kalamity" is neat and well done, with plenty of funny and nice moments. This however isn't one of the better episodes that has fright and it doesn't really teach payback and moral lessons like many others, it just pays homage to itself. Funny man and TV comic veteran Harry Anderson stars as a struggling comic book artist for you guessed it "Tales From The Crypt", and he has pressure and stress from everyone his boss and including his witch of a wife who never gives him a good word. No one really believes in his drawings, but Korman himself yet he stays humble when he hears stories that his monster drawings have came to life! Really it turns out that these monster drawings serve good purpose by showing up at the right time from stopping a laundry mat attack of an off duty female cop, and also these monsters work well in running away kid mischief, and the big surprise is this episode ends in death for someone! Overall a good episode that is funny with a little fun and surprise, but mostly this was done to remind people that the crypt series started as a comic book, and it was nice to feature that type of plot in an episode.

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