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