Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 3 Episode 2

Carrion Death

Aired Unknown Jun 15, 1991 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

An escaped con running for the Mexican border ends up killing a state trooper but in the process gets cuffed to him and has to drag the corpse across the desert to freedom.

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  • One of the best

    My favorite of season two! I love them dark and unsettling. Amazing what you can film with a couple guys dressed up in the desert. Bravo!
  • An escaped death row convict is on the run from the law. A motorcycle cop chases him down. The convict thinks the cop is dead and tries to escape to Mexico on foot. The cop handcuffs himself to the con before he is shot, however the cop swallows the key.moreless

    This is my favorite episode of the series. I remember watching this episode when I was 11 and it scared me so badly that I had to sleep with all my lights on that night. It has stuck with my all these years. The acting on both of the characters is overacted but it plays so well with how Tales From The Crypt works. Also with only two characters and a vulture it works very well. I loved the dialogue of Diggs. "10 Four **** and out." "Women...can't live with them, can't fit more than one in a trunk at a time." The ending is very gory and very fitting. When Diggs slices his wrist and then his hand rips off were very scary images to me. Also when he gets eaten at the end is a very fitting end for the character. A definite classic of the series.moreless
  • Everything this show should be about!

    The classic story of cops vs. robbers, with a wonderful twist and an unlikely winner, this is everything that you look for in this show and more: creepy and gory, tense and suspenseful, but overacted and silly. The kind of campy, schlocky horror that I look for in this series.

    The characters are wonderfully fleshed out for the amount of time given, and even the dead cop shows personality and character after he meets his demise, and the truly despicable villain of the piece meets the kind of gruesome, unrealistic fate that you'd only see in this show. Definitely a good example of what this show is all about, if you're looking for something that exemplifies the series or to show a friend to give them a taste of what this show can be at its finest.moreless
  • Intentionally overacted and delivers the goods.

    Like "And All Through the House", this is one of the series' most famous episodes, ask anyone if they seen the one with the con carrying a dead cop on his back and chances are they may have seen it or heard of it. Kyle MacLachlan (Of Twin Peaks and David Lynch fame) plays an escaped con who gets himself handcuffed to a dead motorcycle cop in the middle of the desert, and along for the ride is a buzzard just waiting for some more food to snack on. This is a true classic, Beautifully crafted and intentionally overacted by MacLachlan, who pretty much has to talk to either himself or the buzzard. It's apparant that he's having a great time in this role. The cop is completely hammy as well and for this type of show it's fine.

    The ending is very satisfying and fitting, the con got what he deserved that's for sure. Great busted up body and neck effects as well. Very enjoyable and one of the all-time greats of this series.

  • A tales from the crypt classic.

    This episode is a good one(A very good one).The thing I like about this episode is that this bird follows digs around intill the end when digs falls off of cliff and breaks his neck and he's bird food. I rate this episode like I rate the series, the best.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Running Time: [excluding opening title sequence] 25 minutes 30 seconds.

    • [Spoiler Warning]
      Goof: During the ending scene, after the vulture rips out both of Diggs eyes, his dummy double is clearly evident in the shot and looks really fake.

      Due to the tongue-in-cheek aspect of this episode, this may have been deliberate on the part of the filmmakers.

    • Music: composed by Bruce Broughton.

    • Goof: When the motorcycle cop's bike is just about to crash into Diggs' car, Kyle MacLachlan's stunt double is clearly visible as he is running from the vehicle.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segnments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a motorcycle cop.

      The motorcycle cop helmet the Crypt Keeper is wearing looks to be the same one worn by Alexander, the State trooper in the episode.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Diggs: [Off-screen] Move, b*tch.

    • Diggs: [After making an axe out of a piece of wood and a badge] This baby is going to cut fine. All right. It's been nice travelling with you cop, but this is where we go our separate ways. Believe me, this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a motorcycle cop]
      The Crypt Keeper: Good evening felons. Time to assume the position, if you know what I mean, and prepare for another assault and battery on your senses. Tonight's steamy saga is about a nice young man with a very bad attitude. In fact, it's positively criminal. [laughs] I call this little game of chops and clobbers, "Carrion Death".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a motorcycle cop]
      The Crypt Keeper: Poor Diggs. Here today, leftovers tomorrow. Boy, talk about flipping someone the bird. [laughs] Personally, I'm with the buzzards except I like my meat a little more well done. Cook 'em Danno. [laughs]

  • NOTES (2)


    • Pepsi-Cola

      Well known carbonated soft drink soda beverage developed in the late 1890's and has since become widely available throughout the world in many different types of bottles and can variations. There have been several forms of Pepsi throughout the years, such as Diet-Pepsi, Pepsi Max and Pepsi Twist, among others. Pepsi's main rival is Coca-Cola or simply Coke and it is very common for most stores to have a Pepsi or Coke sign in or on their building or storefront.
      In this episode, during the opening scene when Diggs is coming out of the bank, there is an old styled Pepsi-Cola sign hanging on one of the store fronts next to the bank.

    • Lassie

      Popular family favorite and beloved canine collie character featured in nearly every form of media since the 1930's. Lassie first appeared in a short story by Eric Knight, then later in several feature films, a radio show, and in the 1950's in a popular tv series that is most associated with the character. In all forms of media the basic formula is the same, that of a collie saving and helping various people in times of trouble, with most characters understanding the dog even though she would mostly just comminicate and warn of trouble through barking and whimpering. It was very common for a character to know exactly what and where the trouble was just by a few head nodges and barks from Lassie. This dog speak aspect of the character has been parodied several times in many tv series and movies as it is very identifiable and can still generate a laugh after all these years due to the ridiculous nature of it. There have been several male dogs throughout the years that have played the female Lassie, all of which are descendants from the original onscreen Lassie, "Pal". The Lassie collie image is widely trademarked but it is very common for families to name their dog, "Lassie" and when most people see a collie, they identify the dog as "Lassie".

      In this episode, when the motorcycle cop is in the desert in search of clues as to which direction escaped convict Diggs has gone, the vulture who is also following them, swoops down and through a few squawks and wing flaps helps the cop by leading him to the sign found by Diggs earlier, giving him the direction of the con.

      The cop's reply of, "You trying to tell me something, Lassie"? to the vulture's directional wing flaps and squawks is of course a direct reference to the silly universal dog speak of Lassie and the understanding of an animal simply through a few noises and movements.

    • Hawaii Five-O

      Popular police crime drama set in Hawaii starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur which aired on CBS for 12 seasons from 1968-1980. The term five-o is derived from Hawaii being the 50th state, and has since become the slang term for police. The series is widely remembered for it's beautiful Hawaii locales, it's catchy and often used theme song and the iconic catch-phrase, "Book 'em Danno".

      In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a motorcycle cop and rewords the catch-phrase, "Book 'em Danno", as "Cook 'em Danno".