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Tales from the Crypt: Season 4

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

Monsters. Madness. Mayhem. And, of course, the Crypt Keeper's bad puns! Tales from the Crypt returns from the grave once more to reanimate the best in humor and horror. Check out all 14 Season 4 episodes hosted by the comically cadaverous Crypt Keeper. Here for your warped amusement are the episodes "Split Personality," about a lounge lizard (Joe Pesci) getting more than he bargained for when he marries identical twins; "Werewolf Concerto," with Timothy ("Bond James Bond") Dalton on the hunt for a lupine fiend; and "Beauty Rest," with Mimi Rogers as an actress who'd kill for a part. Plus keep an eye out for Tom Hanks, Sugar Ray Leonard, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Reeve, 80s rocker Adam Ant and a hot-rodding Brad Pitt in these frightfully fun tales from filmmakers such as Lethal Weapon's Richard Donner, The Walking Dead's Frank Darabont and The Matrix's Joel Silver.



The Cryptkeeper dusts off another set of horror yarns in this fourth collection of Tales from the Crypt, featuring more semi-big-stars, a handful of name directors, and a bevy of excruciatingly bad puns. There are some goodies here if you're nostalgic for 1950s-era comic-book scares (or for vintage 1992 late-night pay-cable), but this fourth season represents diminishing returns for the franchise. The 14 episodes get off to a poor start with the first installments, including "None but the Lonely Heart" (directed by Tom Hanks, who cameos), about a Lothario (Treat Williams) who marries and kills rich old ladies, and "This'll Kill Ya" (directed by Robert Longo), about a nasty drug researcher (Dylan McDermott). The series' very sporadic nudity is provided here by Sonia Braga.

Of the famous directors represented, best in show is John Frankenheimer, whose "Maniac at Large" makes sinuous use of a single set, a large library; Blythe Danner plays a meek librarian in fear of a serial killer, and Salome Jens (star of Frankenheimer's "Seconds") is her shrewish boss. Elsewhere, William Friedkin should be embarrassed by "On a Deadman's Chest," an extremely silly rock & roll thing about a tattoo with a life of its own. And Richard Donner's "Showdown," while providing a welcome bit of Western atmosphere, is either an existential puzzler or an unfinished production. The directorial novelty must be "Split Personality", a story of a con man (Joe Pesci) seducing a wealthy pair of twins. It's one of the more entertaining episodes, and it marks the sole directing outing for Hollywood mega-producer (and Tales exec producer) Joel Silver. For sheer perversity, few segments top "Beauty Rest", in which aspiring actress Mimi Rogers ends up regretting a successful audition (with Buck Henry, of all people).

The biggest rising-star find is probably Brad Pitt in "King of the Road", a lame tale of hotrod racers. Timothy Dalton, then fresh from his James Bond run, stars in one of the better shows in this set, "Werewolf Concerto," a clever piece about a werewolf hunter staying at a lodge terrorized by a lycanthrope. Perhaps the most sustained episode--nailing the series' blend of campy humor and gory fright--is "What's Cookin'," in which Christopher Reeve, the owner of an all-squid restaurant, revitalizes the business by switching to a different kind of meat.

The minimal extras are a commentary track for the Chris Reeve episode (including the voice of the Cryptkeeper, John Kassir) and a perfunctory montage about the season's stars. The show has a loyal following that will be happy to own this set, but for anybody else it must be noted that season 4 is a year of decline, and not the place to start for horror-curious boils and ghouls. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • 14 complete uncut episodes on three discs
  • Commentary by the Cryptkeeper (voice by John Kassir), writer Alan Katz, and series chronicler Digby Diehl on What's Cookin'
  • "Stars of Season 4" montage hosted by the Cryptkeeper

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Widescreen, Color, Dolby
  • 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: 6
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJYC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Tales From The Crypt: The Complete Fourth Season (1992)
1.) None But The Lonely Heart *** 6/27/92 Starring Treat Williams, Frances Sternhagen, Henry Gibson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tom Hanks, Written by Donald Longtooth, Directed by Tom Hanks
They're wed, than dead. A young man kills the wealthy biddies he marries. But some vows must be kept.

2.) This'll Kill Ya *1/2 6/27/92 Starring Dylan McDermot, Sonia Braga and Cleavon Little, Written by Gilbert Adler and A L Katz, Directed by Robert Longo
A presciption for doom: Coworkers at a drug research firm give a cruel boss a dose of his own medicine.

3.) On A Deadman's Chest **** 6/27/92 Starring Tia Carerre, Paul Hipp, Sherrie Rose, Gregg Allman, Yul Vasquez, Written by Larry Wilson, Directed by William Friedken
Imagine a tattoo that seems to have a life of its own. Or, instead of imagining, watch this!

4.) Seance *** 7/4/92 Starring Cathy Moriarty, Ben Cross and John Vernon, Written by Harry Anderson, Directed by Gary Fleder
Honey, is that you? Filmflammers aim to bilk millions from a widow by pulling off a spootacular seance.

5.) Beauty Rest **1/2 7/11/92 Starring Mimi Rogers, Kathy Ireland, Jennifer Rubin and Buck Henry; Written by Donald Longtooth, Directed by Stephen Hopkins
She'd kill for the part...twice. But it's not acting talent that counts for this role. It's inner beauty!

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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 4 includes:

"None But the Lonely Heart" - Tom Hanks directed gold-digger meets grave-digger tale.

"This'll Kill Ya" - Time to take your medicine!

"On A Deadman's Chest" - Tattoo you voodoo.

"Seance" - Fake psychics get real.

"Beauty Rest" - Jealousy will get you everywhere.

"What's Cookin'" - Oh no...not meatloaf for dinner again!

"The New Arrival" - Psychologists should never make house calls.

"Showdown" - This place is a ghost town!

"King of the Road" - 'Pitt' stop.

"Manic at Large" - Paranoid schizophrenic reverse serial killerism.

"Split Personality" - Joe Pesci stars...Funny? Funny how? Like a killer clown funny?

"Strung Along" - Puppet really cuts loose!

"Werewolf Concerto" - Open wide and say owwoooooooh!

"Curiosity Killed" - I'd die to be young forever.

Hit the buy button. These'll kill ya!
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The fourth season of Tales From the Crypt was another fantastically ghoulish season of horror vignettes based on the classic EC horror comics. As before, season four features a bevy of talent in front of and behind the camera, beginning with the Tom Hanks directed "None But the Lonely Heart", which stars Treat Williams as a paranoid killer who fears that someone is out to get him. The great William Friedkin directs "On a Dead Man's Chest" which stars Tia Carerre as a groupie who convinces her rocker love toy to get a tattoo, and at what a cost! Stephen Hopkins offers up another entry in the series, with "Beauty Rest" which stars Mimi Rogers as an aging wanna-be model who goes to great lengths to secure herself a spot in a beauty pagent, and she gets much, much more than she bargained for. David Warner stars as a radio child psychologist in the "The New Arrival", called in to a special case, and well, let's just say that this is no ordinary child. Richard Donner and Frank Darabont team up for "Showdown", as a murderous cowboy learns a new definition for the word ghost town, and a young Brad Pitt makes a memorable appearance in "King of the Road", as a drag racer blackmailing a former racer turned cop into one last ride, at any price. Season four features three classic episodes as well, including "What's Cooking" in which a drifter (Judd Nelson) changes the lives of husband and wife diner owners (Christopher Reeve, Bess Armstrong) by helping them put something new on the menu, the Joel Silver directed "Split Personality" which stars Joe Pesci as a con artist working a pair of twins, and the season closing "Curiousity Killed" which stars Margot Kidder as an elderly, nagging wife who believes her husband is trying to kill her, but learns something else even more startling instead. All in all, season four of Tales From the Crypt is yet another excellent season of fun frights, and just like the previous volumes, this is a must own for fans of the series.
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