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Tales from the Crypt: Season 5

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Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)

Full of fun and frights, the fifth season of Tales from the Crypt features a happily haunted collection of scares and silliness for viewers warm and bleeding (sorry, breathing.) Ready to delight the feverishly warped mind are "Forever Ambergris," with Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi and The Who's Roger Daltrey portraying war photographers; "Two for the Show," with Traci Lords, David Paymer and Vincent Spano embroiled in a tale of wife and death; "Well Cooked Hams," with Martin Sheen and Billy Zane putting hocus pocus in focus as rival magicians; plus 10 more eerie encounters of fate, fiends and flat-out funniness, featuring Bill Paxton, Brooke Shields, Tim Curry, Wil Wheaton, John Stamos and even Batman's Adam West. Don't miss out as the Crypt Keeper delivers more keepers (and terrorific puns) in the atmos-fearic fifth season.


What's that? You say there's not enough fright in your life? Well, let your old fearsome friend, the Crypt Keeper, put some pep into your tired blood with another lucky 13 episodes of Tales from the Crypt, the shock-show series based on the infamous E.C. horror comics of the 1950s. As with Crypt's previous seasons, the gruesome formula in the 1993 Season 5 remains the same: Half-hour episodes rife with murderous spouses, the walking dead, and horrific twists of fate, liberally spiced up with gallons of gore and nudity, and featuring some of Hollywood's most famous faces behind and in front of the camera. The season's hellacious highlights are probably Gary Fleder's "Forever Ambergris," with Steve Buscemi and the Who's Roger Daltrey as rival combat photographers whose competition comes to a sticky end courtesy of exposure to chemical weapons; and the season opener, "Death of Some Salesman" (by Gilbert Adler, who later helmed the Crypt theatrical feature Bordello of Blood), with Tim Curry in three roles as a rural family with a big surprise for a duplicitous con man (Ed Begley Jr.). Elsewhere, actor Kyle MacLachlan directs Hector Elizondo and Patsy Kensit in the noirish "As Ye Sow"; Highlander's Russell Mulcahy oversees Bill Paxton and Michael Lerner in the grisly revenge tale "People Who Live in Brass Hearses"; and Kevin Hooks unleashes Traci Lords and David Paymer in "Two for the Show," a classic E.C. story of henpecked husbands and overheated wives, with a splattery switcheroo at its conclusion. Entourage's Kevin Dillon, Martin Sheen, Brooke Shields, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Stamos, and Cheech Marin are also featured in the ghoulish goings-on, with Gregory (Rescue Me) Widen, the late Jeffrey Boam (The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.), and Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn) among the other directors orchestrating the on-screen mayhem. John Kassir, the voice of the Crypt Keeper, returns to provide narration for the set's sole extra, a "virtual comic book" that features the original comic on which "Salesman" was based. -- Paul Gaita

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Other: Death of Some Salesman

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYI322
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tales from the Crypt: Season 5" on IMDb

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anton Ilinski on July 22, 2006
Format: DVD
So this time the episodes are:

DEATH OF SOME SALESMAN - dir. Gilbert Adler; starring: Tim Curry, Ed Begley Jr.
AS YE SOW - dir. Kyle MacLachlan; starring: Hector Elizondo, Miguel Ferrer, Patsy Kensit.
FOREVER AMBERGRIS - dir. Gary Fleder; starring: Roger Daltrey, Steve Buscemi.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT - dir. Rodman Flender; starring: Ernie Hudson, John Laughlin, Joan Chen.
PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN BRASS HEARSES - dir. Russel Malcahy; starring: Brad Dourif, Bill Paxton.
TWO FOR THE SHOW - dir. Kevin Hooks; starring: Traci Lords, Vincent Spano.
HOUSE OF HORROR - dir. Bob Gale; starring: Kevin Dillon, Brian Krause.
WELL COOKED HAMS - dir. Elliot Silverstein; starring: Maryam D'Abo, Martin Sheen, Billy Zane.
CREEP COURSE - dir. Jeffrey Boam; starring: Jeffrey Jones, Nina Siemaszko.
CAME THE DAWN - dir. Uli Edel; starring: Perry King, Brooke Shields.
OIL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL - dir. Paul Abascal; starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Priscilla Presley.
HALF-WAY HORRIBLE - dir. Gregory Widen; starring: Clancy Brown, Cheech Marin.
TILL DEATH DO WE PART - dir. W. Peter Iliff; starring: Frank Stallone, Kate Vernon.

I have to say this is probably my favourite season. With brilliantly creepy "Death of Some Salesman", truly disturbing "Forever Ambergris", traditional yet surprising "House of Horror" and Psycho-esque "Came the Dawn", with all those great actors and well-known to horror buffs directors the fifth season really stands out among all others. Everyone can find a tale according to his taste here.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 23, 2006
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By it's fifth season, HBO's Tales From the Crypt had more that established itself as the greatest horror/thriller anthology of it's era. The 13 tales featured in this season don't boast many of the big name horror directors of seasons past, but there's still plenty to love here. Ed Begley Jr. plays a con man who gets way, way more than he bargained for in "Death of Some Salesman"; which also features the great Tim Curry in multiple roles and was directed by Gilbert Adler who would go on to do the much maligned Bordello of Blood. "Forever Ambergris" features The Who's Roger Daltrey and Steve Buscemi as rival war photographers, who naturally get a taste of war and hell unlike either could ever imagine. "House of Horror" features Kevin Dillon as a frat leader breaking in new pledges (including Will Wheaton), Ernie Hudson stars as a gluttonous, evil man in "Food For Thought", "Creep Course" features Jeffrey Jones as a history teacher with a diabolical scam who gets the tables turned on him, and "Half-Way Horrible" is a season favorite featuring Clancy Brown as an unscrupolous businessman that finds his way into voodoo. All in all, there's plenty of blood, guts, laughs, and thrills to behold in the fifth season of Tales From the Crypt, and chances are that if you loved the series, this is already on your buy list.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bartley R. Darrow on November 4, 2006
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I am currently watching some of the episodes of this season, but if you watch the entire opening sequence of the DVD before selecting from episodes, play, etc, they give away the twist endings for a few of the episodes. For season 6 & 7, PLEASE WB, put back the Crypt Keeper where you can select an episode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on July 30, 2007
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TALES FROM THE CRYPT had to have been a guilty pleasure for all the actors, directors, writers, and others involved in the production of the series all seven years it was on HBO. The series was a chance for everyone who had grown up on the old EC Comics horror magazines that were jam-packed of the grossest black-and-white illustrations to ever corrupt young minds to work with those stories and bring them to life -- or unlife.

I remember coming across some of those old magazines in the swap shop where I bought my paperback books for 15¢ apiece. Since there was no tax on those piddling amounts back then, I could buy seven books or magazines. Sadly, it wasn't often I had a whole dollar to spend, nor could I get someone to take me there very often.

But when I went, it was always agony. So much to choose from, and so little I could walk out with. Even sadder, some of those magazines a pickup for 15¢ are probably worth hundreds of dollars by now - and I no longer have them!

Thankfully I have the memories. I remember opening those magazines and being totally grossed out. My mother would've had a cow if she'd known what I was reading. I was always very careful to keep those magazines hidden away under superhero comics. And if she knew I'd watched the HBO series even after I was grown up she wouldn't have been very appreciative.

HBO did a magnificent job of delivering 30 minutes of gross-out horror with a twist at the end (and even though you were expecting a twist, you did and often figure it out).

In this set, you get a mixed bag of high-powered talent, emerging talent, semi-retired talent, and even a porn star princess turned legit. Oh, and did I mentioned Tim Curry? You get Tim Curry!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sky VINE VOICE on August 17, 2006
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The Tales From the Crypt series was some of the best television airing back in the final year of the 80s and into the early 90s. Deliberately over the top. Deliberately funny. Deliberately campy at times. Deliberately scary. Deliberately gory. Deliberately one of HBO's finest creations.

The episodes are all based on EC Comics of old...mostly from the self titled Tales From the Crypt, Haunt of Fear and Vault of Horror comic books. But I'd guess that 90% of you reading this already know that, and you're here as I am delighted that it is finally out on DVD.

For those that have not seen these wonderfully entertaining episodes of dark humor and horror...if you're into the genre this collection and any of the other HBO seasonal Tales From the Crypt releases are for you.

Season five of the seven season series is where the producers should have considered bringing in some adaptations of modern short stories from the likes of Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz, because a lot of the best EC Comic stories were done in 5-star seasons one through four. But I guess the producers felt it was taboo to stray from the EC Comics classics. Still...the series is strong in season five. You get:

"Death of Some Salesmen" - Get yer tombstones here! Rocky Horror meets Lilly Munster.
"As Ye Sow" - Holy con-job, Batman! Adam West stars.
"Forever Ambergris" - Roger Daltry gets fooled again...fatally.
"Food for Thought" - Psychic ability or monkey business?
"People Who Live in Brass Hearses" - Ice Cream man has a "back" up.
"Two for the Show" - Instant karma's gonna get you!
"House of Horror" - Haunted hazing incident.
"Well Cooked Hams" - I will now attempt to pull a corpse out of a hat. Abracadabra!
"Creep Course" - Mummy Dearest.
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Where are Seasons 6 & 7?
Agreed, where are the final 2 seasons (6 & 7)??? C'mon, don't stop now!! Give us the rest....fingers drumming...waiting....waiting....
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