Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Half-Way Horrible

Season 5, Ep 12, Aired 12/1/93
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  • Episode Description
  • A murderous two-faced businessman about to debut a new preservative discovers that all his key partners are being murdered and the killer may be closer to him than he thinks.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Kassir

    voice of The Crypt Keeper

  • Gregory Widen

  • Donald Markowitz

  • Levie Isaacks

  • Troy Takaki

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Roger murders his friend to help finish a perservative that will make food never spoil.

    By marieia, Nov 16, 2006

  • Roger is victimized by someone sending him odd messages. He remembers that he murdered his friend years ago. When he wants to get rid of his "evil side" he the seeks help of a doctor. After the ritual, Roger finds himself only half the man he used to be.

    By Suspect1147, Jun 16, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a hair salon owner.]
      The Crypt Keeper: [removes hair dryer from a customer; a shrunken head is shown] Oohh, I just love how your hair is groan out. A little scream rinse and conditioner, and it will look faboo! If you don't look dead, we don't look dead. Oh, hello kiddies! You're right on time for your appointment. You know, it was always one of my ghouls in death to have my own scare salon. Now let's see...a few shrieks in your hair would look good, a boo-font would look even better. Or maybe you would like to try out tonight's die-fashion statement. It's a nasty nugget that ax the question, zombie or not zombie? I call it, "Half-Way Horrible". [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a hair stylist.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well...at least in the end, Roger knew rot from wrong. If only he'd learn that a little fester. You'll be happy to know, kiddies, that our story has a happy ending. Roger's company did very well. Its shares shot up on the New York Shock Enchange. [laughs] So, have we made up our minds? You want bangs? Perfect. I have just the thing. [pulls out a gun; laughs; fires a mini-sign] Bang. [continues laughing]

    Notes (1)

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Vault Of Horror #26, Aug-Sept 1952. Art by Sid Check.

    Trivia (4)

    • Gregory Widen is credited as Greg Widen.

    • Cheech Marin receives the "special appearance by" credit.

    • Music: Composed by Donald Markowitz.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a hair stylist.

    Allusions (3)

    • The Raven One of classic horror author Edgar Allen Poe's most popular and well-remembered works, it's a narrative poem about a young scholar who recently lost his lover and is driven mad by a raven in his home that can only say the word "Nevermore". In this episode, upon being advised to make amends karmically before his bad actions catch up to him, Roger snaps at Colin, "why don't you just perch on my mantle and keep saying 'Nevermore'?". This is of course, a reference to the famous poem.

    • Hamlet A tragedy written by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a young prince who becomes obsessed with getting revenge on his uncle, who murdered his father, the King of Denmark, and married his mother. It's famous for its themes of madness, caused by grief and a need for vengeance, as well as its oft-quoted lines, "to be or not to be, that is the question" and "alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio" (the latter is often misquoted as "alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well"). In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt keeper says "zombie or not zombie?", this is a reference to the line "to be or not to be?" from act three, scene one of the play.

    • Vidal Sassoon Famed British hairstylist who created the wash and wear perm and transformed hair styling into a mainstream money making artform, leading into a chain of salons and several hair care products such as shampoo and conditioner that bear his name. During the crypt keeper's opening segment as a hair salon owner, a sign behind him can be mostly seen and spells out "Videad Sasson" This is clearly a play on words concerning Vidal Sassoon.

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