5 TV Terrors for you Halloween !

ITS THE HALLOWEEN SEASON HORRORFIENDS!!

so before the big night happens. Here is 5 episodes from Horror anthology shows that are perfect for the Halloween season.

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New Episode of TV TERRORS!

Its been awhile for TV Terrors but here is a brand new episode! and yes it is another Tales from the Crypt review. This time the funniest episode of the crypt..the season 5 episode “Death of Some Salesmen” starring TIM CURRY! in three roles!

TERROR TV – TALES FROM THE CRYPT – Forever Ambergris

Foreever AmbergrisTales from the Crypt had a variety of different horror sub-genres throughout the show, there were plenty of rotting ghoul n zombie episodes, plenty of gory murder and double crossing episodes, a few supernatural and monster filled episodes. But a season 5 episode titled ” Forever Ambergris” was the shows only “Body-horror” episode with truly gruesome body horror scenes.

“Forever Ambergris” is about a jaded and once great war time photographer named Dalton (played by the Who’s Roger Daltrey) who is losing his touch and has to take a new apprentice Ike (played by Steve Buscemi) who has been showing real talent and promise with his war time pictures. It isnt long before they are in South America and hearing of a village that has been destroyed by germ warfare. Dalton tricks Ike into going to the village alone to get the pictures knowing that Ike will die from the disease. It isnt long before Ike begings to decompose and melt alive from the disease while Dalton watches and takes his pictures for himself. All goes well for him when he heads home and then seduces Ike’s grief stricken girlfriend Bobbi ( played by Blonde Bombshell Lysette Anthony) and in true Tales from the Crypt fashion Bobbi has a gruesome surprise waiting for Dalton.

Now before i get into the gruesome stuff one of the great aspects of this episode is the acting from the two leads Roger Daltrey and Steve Buscemi. Buscemi is believable and always entertaining and Daltrey actually does a good job as the scheming back stabbing antagonist.

But the real shine of this episode is the gruesome body horror scenes. we see pulsating bubbling skin, veins bursting out, plenty of blood, a eyeball oozing itself out of its socket that would make Lucio Fulci proud, skin and fleshing rotting away and a characters nose falling off into a bathroom sink! the body-horror scenes are truly fun and revolting.

So Crypt fans who want a revolting episode with good acting should look no further then the season 5 episode “Forever Ambergris

  • James J. Coker

TERROR TV – TALES FROM THE CRYPT – Split Personality

Split PersonalitySince were so close to Valentines Day horrorfiends I decided to share with you all a particular favorite episode of the Crypt that indeed involves love..the Love between a man and a woman…well in this case the love between a con-artist and twins. A love that is then split…with a CHAINSAW! this little season 4 tale of the Crypt is called “Split Personality”.

A swindler named Jack (Joe Pesci) who loves money and Twins meets two rich twins who take an interest in him. Jack romances both of them but then tricks them into thinking he has a twin brother himself who is constantly gone away on business trips, he then uses that lie to marry both of them and get there money but little does he know that these rich twins arent as innocent as he thinks they are and they find out his little secret too.

Now “Split Personality” is one hell of an enjoyable episode of the Crypt. Joe Pesci is as always wonderful to watch as the swindler Jack and even a little hammy at times especially when he is actually seen singing to the awesomely bad 90s song “im so Sexy”. The Twins do a terrific job playing innocent naive shut ins only to have a very dark side at the very end. The whole episode is peppered with great crooner music from Dean Martin, Perry Como and Marvin Gaye throughout that just adds to the con-artist in love atmosphere. And finally the ending of this episode is the shinning star of the whole thing, the ending turns from a con-artist story into a full blown 80’s style horror story with 80s style green and pink lighting, our Poor Jack tied to a bed and our twins wearing sexy white lingerie and using a high powered Chainsaw to end up “sharing” our main character in a gruesome way the twins really prefer. And believe me the spot were they start to use that chainsaw on our poor Jack is enough to make any male viewer cringe in agony.

So if your looking to venture into the 4th season of the Crypt and want a fun episode with enjoyable characters, good music and a “Killer” cringe inducing ending then dont hesitate to watch “Split Personality”. – James J. Coker

 

TERROR TV FOR HALLOWEEN – TALES FROM THE CRYPT – Strung Along

38 Strung Along.avi_001253015C’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

TERROR TV FOR HALLOWEEN – TALES FROM THE CRYPT – The New Arrival

30 The New Arrival.avi_001310009Now I know last Halloween season here on Hidden Horrors i reviewed the tales from the crypt episode “Television Terror” and boldly claimed it was the best and scariest episode of the crypt. Well this years halloween season i thought i would shed some light on what I and hopefully many other horror fans feel is the second creepiest episode of the whole damn series. It is the season 4 episode “the New Arrival” a episode so grim and unsettling its downright creepy and stays with you after its over.

from IMDB. An obnoxious and pompous radio psychologist Dr. Alan Getz (played wonderfully by David Warner)is told that he is in danger of losing his show due to poor ratings. In a bid to remedy the problem he decides to visit the home of regular caller, Nora (played by Zelda Rubinstein).A woman who has continual trouble with her badly behaved daughter Felicity. A move which he believes will be a great publicity stunt. Accompanied by his long suffering producer Bonni and his bitchy boss Rona. Getz arrives at Rona’s dilapidated, old house waiting to meet the badly behaved Felicity whome is now running around the house in a strange white china doll mask.Little knowing what horror lies in store for his associates and himself.

Now before i get into detail about this terrific episode i want to say that i first saw this one when i seven years old and damn did this one scare the shit out of the seven year old me and left me speechless at the end, and for good reason. “the New Arrival” is an episode that is so creepy and grim you could put several episodes of the crypt against it and all those episodes will seem tame in comparison. Even before our obnoxious psych gets to Nora’s house there is an uncomfortable feeling and when they finally do get to the house its nothing but horror from then on.

Not only does Nora’s house look creepy on the outside but when our doomed characters step inside is when the fun really begins. Zelda Rubinstein does a terrificly creepy job playing the mother who just cant say no to her child who seems just as crazy as her daughter felicity. When felicity does show up with her 50’s girl outfit and white china doll mask it is creepy and almost nightmarish but what is most creepy about “the New Arrival” is both Felicity and Nora are so insane there house is practically there own world and our psychologist steps into that nightmare world. Not only is there an uncomfortable and creepy feeling throughout the whole episode but there is some genuine tense moments along with a macabre and incredibly grim ending that really will get under your skin and leave you speechless as it did for me years ago and still does for me to this day.

So if you want to “visit the crypt” this Halloween season but want an episode that can make the hairs stand on end then seek no further then season four’s “The New Arrival”. Its uncomfortable, tense, ghoulish, grim and just downright creepy! – James J. Coker

TERROR TV FOR HALLOWEEN – TALES FROM THE CRYPT – Creep Course

32 Creep Course.avi_001521183For me every October horror movie binge has to include the Mummy somewhere..anywhere. So for Hidden Horrors halloween horror binge i decided to share with you some good old Mummy horror with the season 5 episode of Tales From the Crypt called “Creep Course”. A fun little mummy romp with a few twists and turns throughout and some moments of gore.

At a local college Stella Bishop is a full blown geek taking a course on Egyptian mythology led by the pompous Professor Finley played by Jeffery Jones who also happens to be a collector of Egyptian antiquity and one undead, lovelorn but violent living mummy! Little does Stella know that she’s intended to be the sacrifice for his undead living collectible but beforehand she is wooed by the charismatic jock Reggie played by Anthony Michael Hall who has his own sinister plans.

Creep Course is a straight forward and simple episode but it is quite an enjoyable one with good Acting from all three “living” characters. They all play there parts perfectly especially Jeffrey Jones who does a terrific job as that pompous professor you would love to hate. Creep Course also boasts a good looking rotted Mummy and some decent gore and kill scenes too. One has there insides “embalmed” and pukes it all up as black gush and another has there brains pulled out through there nose by the angry mummy with very “meaty” gore fx during that kill scene.

So this halloween season if you want just a little mummy horror to go with your halloween frights but dont want a full blown feature. Try giving the season 5 episode of tales from the Crypt “Creep Course” a watch, its an enjoyable one. – James J. Coker