Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 7 Episode 6

Cold War

Aired Unknown May 31, 1996 on HBO
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Episode Summary

After one too many botched jobs, a young female criminal leaves her partner and all is not what it seems to be when she finds someone to make him jealous.

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  • Cammy partners a black man named Jimmy, much to the chagrin of her current boyfriend Ford. Enraged, Ford shoots Jimmy, believing that zombies like Cammy and himself are to good for humans. But Jimmy has a surprise, too: He's a vampire!moreless

    Wowwy wow whoah wow! A FABULOUS episode that tops a lot of other episodes in the series. Like it says, this is exactly why I watched the show. Ewan McGregor makes a funny bank robber and zombie and it is sad to see his face get shot off by a shotgun in the end (don't worry, he's a zombie, he can't die). So, in case some crazy man ever walks up to you on the street and says "Hey, I gots every episode of Tales From the Crypt. Ya want one?" just keep this episode in mind, you won't reget it!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Music: Composed by J. Peter Robinson.

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

      According to his diploma, the Crypt Keeper got his Ph.D in marriage counseling from I Kill'em University on June 16th, 1962.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Jimmy: No, not the face! No guns to the face!
      Ford: See? We're not that different after all.
      Cammy: [laughs] Men, all vain as sh*t.

    • Cammy: Kiss my zombie ass, motherf*cker!

    • Jimmy: Zombies. You can stick your d*ck in them, but you wouldn't want to feed off one.

    • Ford: You can't partner one of them. Jeez, I can't even believe you let him do you. Take another shower, Cammy. The thought of it's making me sick.
      Jimmy: You racist little Pr*ck. Maybe it's time somebody taught you some manners.
      Cammy: Jimmy, no!
      Ford: He doesn't get it, does he?
      Jimmy: Oh, I get it all right. You're gonna be my b*tch.

    • Jimmy: This the guy you were telling me about?
      Cammy: That's him.
      Jimmy: Hmmph...I expected more.

    • Ford: Wankers. Sounds like some f*cking breakfast cereal to me. Wankers!

    • Cammy: Hi, Jimmy Pickett. If I said I could change your reality, would you be interested?
      Jimmy: Baby, I've been underground for so long, if you dance a little closer I'll show you just how interested.

    • Jimmy: Excuse me, barman, can you help me out here? I just hit town, and I'm looking for a friendly face.
      Bartender: Yeah? What is it you want?
      Jimmy: Look around you, man. I think that's pretty obvious huh? I mean, do you see any big t*tties rubbing up against me? Do you see me doing the bump on the dance floor with any fine looking booty? No you don't.
      Bartender: Well....
      Jimmy: Mmm-mmm. I didn't ask if you could see any one-eyed, banjo-playing, big-headed Deliverance types with teeth missing and tattoos on their necks. Those, my friend, you have plenty of.

    • Cammy: Hold still! I can't find it! [digs tweezers in again, Ford yells louder]
      Ford: [pained] Well, of course you can't find it! That's the wrong leg!
      Cammy: Well, how was I supposed to know? There was a hole there.
      Ford: Well, that's an old hole! The new one, with the slug in it, is in this leg.
      Cammy: Fine, if you're gonna be such a wanker, do it yourself.
      Ford: Oh, there's that word again!
      Cammy: I mean, it's not like you haven't been shot before. Why do you always have to make such a big deal out of it?
      Ford: Because each and every time it happens, it still hurts!

    • Ford: Cam...Cam...Cammy...Cammy! You've got every right to be breathing fire here, no one says you don't, but the spray on that bird gun is pretty wide, honey.
      Cammy: Your point being?
      Ford: Well, my point being, we've got a better chance of getting out of here alive if you use what's between your legs instead of that thunderstick in your hands.

    • Armed Robber: Drop it or he's dead!
      Cammy: In your dreams. I'm gonna wear your ears on a ... necklace, Kato!
      Armed Robber: Don't call me Kato, bi...!
      Cammy: Then don't call me bi..., Kato!

    • Ford: [while robber has gun in his face] Not in my face. Anywhere but in my face.

    • Cammy: Ford, don't be such a wanker. This isn't a good idea and you know it.
      Ford: I don't know what a wanker is and I don't care. Look, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

    • Ford: The bank's just up ahead. I know it.
      Cutter: Ain't here mate.
      Ford: Oh, well, I don't remember asking you, a-- bag! Maybe you should pay more attention to the pecking order around here, huh?

    • [Opening wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as a marriage counselor.]
      Husband: Dr. Crypt Keeper, I'm not the one with the problem here, she is.
      The Crypt Keeper: Relationships aren't about ooze right or wrong. Look, do you remember how you felt about each other when you were newlybleds? [couple nods] Do you want to feel the same way you felt at your marriage scaremony? [couple looks at each other and nods] Good. Then let go of what you find irritating about each other before it gross too far! [laughs] Which is the kind of advice the young couple in tonight's tale should take. They're fiends and lovers whose relationship is clot between a rock and a horrid place. I call this one "Cold War".

      [Closing wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as a marriage counselor.]
      The Crypt Keeper: I guess Cammy and Ford won't be joining Jimmy's fang club anytime soon. Still, I do see a little blight at the end of the tunnel for them, if Ford's new look gross on her.[laughs] So. How's our struggle with wife and death? Are we happy? [couple is dead on his desk, stabbed in the back] Looks like they'll be headed for divorce corpse instead! [laughs]

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cast relation: Ewan McGregor is the nephew of Denis Lawson, who appears in the episode, "Smoke Wrings".

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Tales From The Crypt #43, Aug-Sept 1954. Story by Carl Wessler with art by Jack Kamen.

      [Spoiler Warning]
      The original comic book story that this episode is based on involved a man who meets a beautiful married woman at a party on a cold night and falls madly in love with her. When he is rejected and told there is nothing he can do about her marriage, he decides to kill her husband to be with her. When he tries to kill the husband, he listens to a story from him that explains why the couple are one and the same because they are zombies and there really was nothing he could do about their marriage, except die.

      The zombie premise is kept for the filmed version but all the names, settings and twist are changed.


    • Count Chocula

      Count Chocula is one of the five original General Mills monster cereals, the others being Boo Berry, Franken Berry, Yummy Mummy, and Fruit Brute. Each is named after its mascot, with Count Chocula being a brown cartoon vampire endorsing his chocolate and marshmallow bit cereal. While the cereals have slowly vanished from shelves (with Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute not being made anymore and near impossible to find), around Halloween, Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry are usually still somewhat likely to be seen on store shelves.

      [Spoiler Warning]
      In this episode, when fighting Jimmy, Cammy taunts him saying "Fight's over, Count Chocula", making light of Jimmy's vampiric nature.

    • Super Fly

      Super Fly is a 1972 blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks Jr. In it, a cocaine dealer named Priest, aka Super Fly, realizes that if he continues dealing drugs, it will end in his death. He decides to conduct one last deal to make enough money to get out but discovers that in order to do the job, he'll need to work with less than savory types who won't want him to get out of the business.

      In this episode, during Ford and Jimmy's argument in which Jimmy goes after Ford, thinking him to be racist, Ford responds by saying "Superfly, chill out!", referencing Jimmy's race and linking it to the stereotypical blaxploitation character.

    • Genesis 3:16

      A biblical quote spoken by God describing the relationship of Adam and Eve.

      In this episode, after shooting Cammy, Ford quotes this verse in response to Cammy's threats that she will leave him, "Good! Go on, then, leave! You'll be back! And to the women, God said, "your yearning will be for your husband, and he will dominate you!" Genesis 3:16".

    • Deliverance

      A book written by James Dickey in 1970 and a famous 1972 film adaptation by director John Boorman. It tells the story of four suburban men and their trek into the Atlanta wilds for a weekend of "roughing it". The film has become famous for its portrayal of "hillbillies"/"rednecks", the most memorable scene involving them being one in which two of the men get separated from the pack and forced by two armed "hillbillies" to strip and "squeal like a pig" before being raped at shotgun-point. The rest of the story is a detailing of the other obstacles, trials, and tribulations the city men encounter on their adventure in the wilderness.

      In this episode, when Jimmy is asking the bartender where he can find a woman, he tells the bartender that the bar already has "one-eyed, banjo-playing, big-headed Deliverance types", a reference to the "hillbillies" in that film and the famed "Dueling Banjos" opening.

    • Kato

      The Green Hornet's faithful sidekick. In all versions of the Green Hornet's story, Kato has been of asian descent, though physical location has changed. He is also known for being proficient in many things including martial arts, driving, and automobile repair.

      In this episode, when Cammy is facing off with the armed robber who's holding Ford hostage, she responds to being cursed at by calling the armed robber "Kato", a derogatory insult to the Asian man.

    • Buddhism

      A religion that originated in the Far East from the teachings of Siddartha Gautama, the Buddha. It is based in living ones life in accordance with the Eightfold Path the Buddha set out in order to achieve enlightenment and attain Nirvana in the afterlife. If Nirvana is not achieved the soul is said to be reborn in a different being based upon the life it previously lived, aka karma. Meditation is also a key component of the faith.

      In this episode, when inadvertently interfering in the botched armed robbery, Ford tries to calm the Asian robbers by telling them that he's "a firm believer in the teachings of Buddha".

    • Ford Motor Company

      An American corporation known for manufacturing automobiles. As of Jan. 2008 they were currently ranked third in car sales in the US and third in the world. Also as of August 2009, they were also the number 7 ranked American company on the 2009 Fortune 500.

      In this episode, the main character played by English actor, Ewan McGregor, using an American accent is named Ford, a possible reference to the company that is so linked to the image of the American economy.