Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 6 Episode 14

99 & 44/100% Pure Horror

Aired Unknown Jan 18, 1995 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • Music: Composed by Jay Ferguson.

    • [Spoiler Warning]
      Goof: After bashing in Luden's head with the bar of soap, the blood on Willa's dress looks dried in and poured on (much like a grapejuice stain) and too well placed, it also magically appears in seconds. Blood would probably splat more and not leave a poured look right away. Also she doesn't seem to get any on her face or arms.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a decathlete competing in the annual All Crypt die-cathlon.

  • Quotes

    • Willa: You son of a b*tch!
      Luden: Well, that's good. You let your anger out. No, I get it, no, I realize that I'm probably as much to blame for this as you are. Now, Willa, listen. Let's start over again. We'll erase everything. Let's give it another chance. What do you say?
      Willa: You are such a wimp!

    • Willa: Excuse me, I thought you were gonna show my work on this show. That's the reason I agreed to come on this program.
      Talk Show Host: Are you nuts? The network won't let us show that gory goop on the air. Besides, who'd want to look at that first thing in the morning?

    • Talk Show Host: [camera zooms in for close-up] When we come back, you're going to be meeting some very special children.
      Brian: We're clear! [camera goes back to normal.]
      Talk Show Host: Brian, we got tape on those retarded kids that draw with their feet?
      Brian:They're physically impaired, not retarded.
      Talk Show Host: Whatever.

    • Talk Show Host: Welcome back. We are talking to the hottest artist on the scene today, Renaldo Escuarita. Renaldo, when did you first make the transition from doing graffiti to more serious artwork?
      Renaldo: Hey, I don't use the "G word," because thats like vandalism, you dig? I'm an urban [pounds chest] guerilla artist. It's like the city is my canvas, man. I'm just working on a smaller scale now. BAM! [holds up crudely painted picture of a face] I call it, "Welfare Cheese".

    • Luden: [knocking on shower window, while Willa is taking a shower] Honey, where's the antacid?
      Willa: They're in the kitchen, you're going to O.D. on those things.
      Luden: Heriditary. [leaves, picks up Willa's clothes off the floor and comes back] Would you mind not throwing your...[pauses briefly] soiled clothes on the floor, it's going to stain the carpet.
      Willa: Woooonderful, Luden, you come to criticize me in the shower?
      Luden: No, I'm sorry, we'll start over. Mind if I join you?
      Willa: Yes. I do mind.

    • Willa: Listen, I need ya to do me a favour?
      Tom: Sure, I'll do ya...a favour that is.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a decathlete competing in the annual All Crypt die-cathlon.]
      The Crypt Keeper: [throwing a skull, shotput-style] Greetings hack and field fans. I hope your in a mood for a little fiendly competition. It's that time of fear again. The annual all Crypt die-cathlon. I've been working out like crazy to get ready. [picks up a skull] This year, I'm really going for the cold, kind of like the woman in tonight's tale. It's a putrid portrait of an up-and-coming young artist that's sure to leave a nasty taste on your palette. I call it [Throws the skull onto the Crypt story book like a shotput], "99 & 44/100% Pure Horror".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a decathlete competing in the annual All Crypt die-cathlon.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Looks like Willa's changing her school of painting from Art Gooveau to Ghost-Impressionism. That'll get her into Ooze Who. [Laughs] Okay kiddies, it's time for my big event. Wish me luck. [takes a javelin in the chest] Caught it! Ah, the kill of victory! [laughs]

  • Notes

    • Rodman Flender also directed the episode, "Food For Thought".

    • The writer and director of this episode, Rodman Flender, also co-stars as Brian, The producer of the talk show that Willa appears on.

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Vault Of Horror #23, Feb-March 1952. Story by Al Feldstein with art by Jack Davis.

      Although the comic story and the filmed story are somewhat similar, there are a few notable differences, the main antagonist in the comic story was male, in the filmed version she was female and the twist, while in the same location, was tweaked a bit for the episode version.

  • Allusions

    • Art Nouveau and Post-Impressionism

      Two art styles popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Art nouveau is based in curved shapes and flowing lines while Post-Impressionism tended to focus on the real world and usually involved the use of large brushstrokes and amounts of paint, as well as bright colors and distortion of perspective and geometry.

      In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper mentions that WIlla's changing art styles "from Art Gooveau to Ghost-Impressionism", A Crypt Keeper rewording on the two schools.

    • Who's Who

      Who's Who is the general name for a bunch of books and periodicals from around the world that focus on famous or noteworthy people from a particular country or in a particular job.

      In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper says that Willa will end up in "Ooze Who", a Crypt Keeper rewording on these books.

    • Ivory Soap

      A popular brand of bar soap, first manufactured by the Proctor and Gamble Company in 1879. One of Ivory soap's major slogans was "99 44/100 % Pure", this slogan was born in 1881 when Ivory soap was tested to be 99 44/100 % more pure than it's top rival at the time, Castile soaps. The slogan has become iconic and is trademarked by Proctor and Gamble.

      While there is no actual Ivory soap in this episode, the title of this episode is taken from the Ivory slogan and was also used for the original comic story. Both versions contain a soap premise. William M. Gaines and Al Feldstein loved using famous titles, slogans and catch phrases (re-worded to add a horror touch) for their comic stories and based premises and plots around them. This was such a popular slogan it was perfect and easy to build a story around it.
      In 1974, the film, 99 and 44/100% Dead directed by John Frankenheimer was released. While to some, it may seem this film was the first to word play on the Ivory slogan, it was actually used over 20 years after EC comics used it.

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