Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Revenge Is the Nuts

Season 6, Ep 5, Aired 11/16/94
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  • Episode Description
  • A cruel man in charge of a home for the blind, gets a taste of his own medicine when the patients seek revenge for their constant abusive treatment.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Kassir

    voice of The Crypt Keeper

  • Jonas McCord

  • Rick Bota

  • Victoria Burrows

  • Jean Scoccimarro

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Sheila: This place smells horrible. Samuel: It grows on you. Literally.

    • Grunwald: You can learn a lot from a woman's shoes. Screamers usually wear spiked heels. Tight-asses, pumps. I wonder how combat boots will fit in.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a mime.]
      The Crypt Keeper : [Cryptkeeper mimes fear, smelling a flower he picked out of his hand, and being trapped in a box. Passing man throws coin into his collection skull.] Thanks, pal, for nothing. I tell ya, kiddies, things are tough all over. What with my hack-spenses going up and suddenly finding out I owe the Die-RS a fortune, your pal the Cryptkeeper's had to find himself a second job. Still, it's worse for the people in tonight's terror tale. It concerns a group of inmates at the local home who've got a few horrid choices of their own to make. I call it "Revenge is the Nuts". [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a hot dog vendor.]
      The Crypt Keeper: That Grunwald. One little problem and he goes right to pieces. At least now we know what's really eating him. [laughs] As for me, kiddies, I think I've got my money problems licked! I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. Talk about a killing! (places human finger inside hot dog bun) Everybody loves finger food! [laughs, turns to skeleton customer] HEY! You want a side of ghoul slaw with that? (laughs)

    Notes (1)

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Vault Of Horror #20, Aug-Sept. 1951. Script by Al Feldstein & Bill Gaines with art by Graham Ingels. This episode also uses elements from the story, "Blind Alleys" from Tales From The Crypt #46 Feb-Mar. 1955, with art by George Evans. That story was also featured as the last segment in the 1972 Tales From The Crypt film, directed by Freddie Francis.

    Trivia (3)

    • Isaac Hayes receives the "and" credit.

    • Music: Composed by Ulrich Sinn.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a mime. In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a hot dog vendor serving fingers on buns.

    Allusions (3)

    • McDonald's A large chain of popular fast food restaurants that began in 1940 and are now franchised all over the world specializing in hamburgers, french fries, breakfasts, soft drinks and salads and many other items. The chain of restaurants have become so popular and well known that they have become a way of americana life with most teenagers have having had their first job at a McDonald's restaurant. At the Cryptkeeper's hot dog stand in the closing wraparound segment, a sign is on the left wall that contains "Over 50 Billion Severed", a play on McDonald's signs which reads "Over 50 Billion Served".

    • Luke 20:25 A biblical quote spoken by Jesus when asked how he believed the people should handle the taxation by the Roman government. As Grunwald putts golf balls at Sheila's feet, he quotes, "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's" which is directly from this gospel.

    • Shaft A popular 1971 crime-detective film, starring Richard Roundtree, involving a black private detective in search of the daughter of a black mobster. The film has become well known for being one of the forerunners of the 1970's Blaxplotation genre and for it's excellent catchy theme song by Isaac Hayes. This episode features Isaac Hayes who did the theme for Shaft. When his character, Samuel says the line, "Sorry, 'bout that chief, you've just been shafted." during a game of chess, its highly ironic due to his well known involvement with the film.

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