Thursday, October 22, 2015

JFD285: Tales from the Crypt (various episodes)

What madness is this? No movies on Junk Food Dinner this week? Schlocktober's getting real wild as we cover not one, not two, but eight episodes of HBO's Tales from the Crypt! And it's even wilder that we're joined by published author Nathan Tolle (Pumpkin Cinema: The Best Movies for Halloween)! This week's roster of cryptic tales includes (and is limited to):

S01E05 "Lover Come Hack to Me" // Tom Holland // June 21, 1989
A newlywed couple (Amanda Plummer and Stephen Shellen) retreat to the wife's aunt's mansion where the husband plans to kill her for her inheritance but soon learns that his wife's family has a dark past and is not what she seems herself.

S02E01 "Dead Right" // Howard Deutch // April 21, 1990
A gold-digging secretary (Demi Moore) follows the advice of a fortune teller (Natalia Nogulich) and marries a man (Jeffrey Tambor) after being told that he will die shortly after inheriting a large sum of money. Also stars Kate Hodge and Linda Cohn.

S02E10 "The Ventriloquist's Dummy" // Richard Donner (w. Frank Darabont) // June 5, 1990 A young ventriloquist (Bobcat Goldthwait) wants to improve his craft and seeks out help from his old hero (Don Rickles) but soon finds out his hidden secret.

S02E16 "Television Terror" // Charlie Picerni // July 17, 1990
A tabloid news show host (Morton Downey, Jr.) and his camera crew investigate a house haunted by the ghost of a woman who killed seven men. The host and the crew get more than they bargained for when a chain of supernatural happenings indeed begin taunting them.

S03E02 "Carrion Death" // Steven E. de Souza // June 15, 1991
An escaped con (Kyle MacLachlan) running for the Mexican border ends up killing a state trooper (George Del Hoyo), but in the process is cuffed to him and has to drag the heavy corpse across the desert to freedom.

S04E06 "What's Cookin'" // Gilbert Adler // July 22, 1992
A couple's (Christopher Reeve and Bess Armstrong) failing restaurant gets a huge boost when a drifter (Judd Nelson) gives them a steak recipe that's made of human flesh. Also starring Meat Loaf.

S06E01 "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime" // Russell Mulcahy // October 31, 1994
An ambulance-chasing lawyer (Catherine O'Hara) finds herself being sent to a nightmarish court for petty crimes. Also starring Peter MacNicol.

S06E06 "The Assassin" // Martin von Haselberg // December 7, 1994
A group of operatives invade the home of a housewife (Shelley Hack) in search of her husband whom they believe is an AWOL CIA assassin. Also stars Corey Feldman Jonathan Banks and Chelsea Field.

All this plus witty banter between friends, Tales of Nerd News, DVDs from the Crypt, Matthew "Bitter" Sweetman's Future Wedding, our Listener Suggestion Theme Show announcement, Nerd News & This Week's Home Video Picks, notable skype noise(~), puking Demi Moore, absolute confidentiality, Christopher Reeve Real Talk, continued lack of overt police involvement, sneezes, belches, gleeks and a whole lot more!



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