C’mon my fellow horrorfiends. Throughout all the horrors we have been reviewing for this blog for the Halloween season some of you felt that a “Killer Doll” horror was inevidable. And this Halloween season instead of Chucky or those pesky puppets from Puppet, lets look into the Crypt to see that one Killer doll episode from Tales from the Crypt. A really well done episode about an aging puppeteer, his young cheating wife, his new young student and how his clown Marionette “CoCo” talks to him. An episode that scared me very much as a child and now as an Adult its one of my favorite episodes of the whole damn Season…the season 4 episode of the crypt “STRUNG ALONG”
An aging puppeteer Joseph who longs for his glory days suspects that his younger wife has a lover all the while he is training a new young protege and his own clown marionette “CoCo” talks to him in his mind.
Now this episode does not start off with a bang like some crypt episodes go but instead starts off with an old 50’s puppet show about coco the clown, it is then revealed to be on tape being watched by our old puppeteer Joseph with a look of sadness and longing on his Face for Joseph earns to back in his glory days. Right from the very start we know that this episode isnt going to be killer doll action for the whole episode. “Strung Along” takes most of its time developing its three characters especially Joseph as he is seen sometimes “Talking” to Coco the Clown puppet and in his mind Coco talks back. Now granted the coco the clown puppet is both cute yet insanely creepy in a very subtle way. The way a clown doll should and when i was little the sight of that doll scared me to bits.
Now though the episodes its more of a tense and somewhat creepy character drama, it isnt until the ending in which Joseph believes Coco the clown is actually murdering his young cheating wife that things go the horrific route. The scene where Joseph discovers what Coco the clown is doing is pretty nightmare inducing in a very “Crypt” style way that can make horror fans give an evil grin from ear to ear. But in that typical but amazing “Crypt” way all that is a twist into itself and and our Poor Joseph has been played a fool….only to have yet another horrifying twist happen again! and the second twist is more satisfying in a revenge and creepy yet bloody way. lets just say they treated Joseph like a puppet so Joseph ends up treating them like puppets in the end. Its a double twist whammy with one right after another. One horrific and another satisfying and creepy.
All in all “Strung Along” is an incredibly well made episode that boasts good talent both in front and in back of the camera. Good character developing drama, a slow yet creepy and tense between between Joseph and Coco. Two rather good twists right on top of each other and finally a Killer clown marionette that can be seen as the stuff of nightmares. It certainly did for me when I was little. So give this little “Puppet” episode of the Crypt a go this Halloween season. Youll be satisfied. – James J. Coker