Tales from the Crypt (1996)

On a Deadman's Chest

Season 4, Ep 3, Aired 6/27/92
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  • Episode Description
  • A disruptive rocker who despises his bandmate's new wife, receives a tattoo that looks exactly like her, so now not only does the woman he hate get under his skin but is now on it as well.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Kassir

    voice of The Crypt Keeper

  • William Friedkin

  • Larry Wilson

  • Rick Bota

  • Victoria Burrows

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • love it

    By SarahGray2, May 15, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Farouche: Farouche finds what's inside, and brings it outside. And if you got the money and if you're brave enough, we can do business.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as Elvis.]
      The Crypt Keeper: "Don't be ghoul..." Greetings, boys and girls. Are you ready to rock n' roll? Good. Then slip into your gore jacket, and prepare to sing along. Can't carry a tomb? That's okay. I'm just playing by ear myself. [laughs while holding up an ear] Tonight's terror tune concerns a young head banger who lets a woman get a little too far under his skin. I call this decomposition, "On a Deadman's Chest". [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper in a band.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well...Nick might have been the group's guitarist, but Danny turned out to be the real axe man. [laughs] Still, you've gotta like where the band is going. Any day now they'll be appearing on America's Chop 40! [laughs] So, 'til next time kiddies. Me and my gore-age band have gotta jam. You know what they say: "You're never to cold to rock 'n roll!" [plays guitar]

    Notes (2)

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Haunt Of Fear #12, March-April 1952. Story and art by Johnny Craig.

    • Cast Connection: Sherrie Rose also appears in the episode, "Only Skin Deep" and the feature film, "Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight".

    Trivia (4)

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as Elvis Presley. In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed apparently as John Lennon from the Beatles', circa the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band era, with skeletons dressed as the other members of the Beatles, and playing a guitar.

    • This is the only episode of the series to feature male frontal nudity. Yul Vazquez's privates are briefly seen in the beginning when he is getting dressed the next morning,after spending the night with Sherri Rose's character. It is also one of the few episodes to contain female full frontal nudity, as Sherrie Rose shows all in the same scene.

    • Greg Allman receives the "special appearance by" credit.

    • Music: Composed by Merl Saunders.

    Allusions (6)

    • Elvis Presley In this episode, during the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as Elvis Presley.

    • The Beatles In this episode, during the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed apparently as John Lennon from the Beatles', circa the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band era, with skeletons dressed as the other members of the Beatles.

    • Ozzy Osbourne Former lead singer of the band, Black Sabbath. Over the course of his career, he's produced many hits both solo and with Sabbath including "Crazy Train", "Iron Man", and "Bark at the Moon". He's also become well known for his work on the reality show of his family's life, The Osbournes, and also for the crazy antics of his tours in the earlier days of his career.Due to his popularity, his logo has been a popular tattoo for several fans and people in the rock and roll industry. In this episode, Sherrie Rose's character, Vendetta, mentions she once had her Ozzy tattoo removed.

    • The Exorcist 1973 horror film directed by William Friedkin. Considered by some fans as one of the greatest horror films ever made. As of June 15, 2008, the film is rated an 82/100 on MovieTome. William Friedkin also directed this episode. In this episode, The name of the band is "Exorcist".

    • The Grateful Dead Influential cult 60's rock band fronted by Jerry Garcia. In this episode, the Crypt Keeper's "gore-age" band, shown during the closing wraparound segment, has the words "The Ungrateful Dead" written on their drum, a nod to the Grateful Dead.

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