Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 6 Episode 13

Comes the Dawn

Aired Unknown Jan 11, 1995 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Two double crossing poachers are unknowingly setup as lunch in the Alaskan arctic.

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  • Two great villainous character actors !

    Not to be confused with season's 5 Brooke Shields' episode, Came The Dawn, this is a vampire tale set in the arctic. I liked this episode, although it was completely predictible and the payoff wasn't delivered all that well, it does feature two great charcter actors, noted for playing villains, Bruce Payne and Michael Ironside. They even played villains in Highlander sequels. This was a season six episode so it wasn't that gory as the eps from this season were toned down to accomodate the Fox network's night time edited showing. Things are just implied and with less time to do it in. I find most of the condensed episodes lacking in plot and development and this one seems no different. A lot of things are left unexplained. However, as mentioned the two leads ham it off one another perfectly and I love the vampire in snow setting, that's not done as much as other vampire settings, these points save a somewhat bare and tame vampire episode.

    I give it a 7, if it showed more gore It would have been better.It's a shame that HBO allowed Fox to make them tame down the show tho.moreless
Kaitlyn Walker

Kaitlyn Walker

Little Girl

Guest Star

Vivian Wu

Vivian Wu

Jeri Drumbeater

Guest Star

Susan Tyrrell

Susan Tyrrell


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Burrows: It's gonna take a lot more than a lesbian vampire biker whore to ruin my day!

    • Burrows: What about your friend, the bartender?
      Jeri: I like men, too. Burrows, you know, it's all meat, some you eat, and some you kiss.

    • Col. Parker: Enough of this. On your feet, soldier! That's a direct order from your Commanding Officer, retired Col. Parker, Thomas, 477th Infantry, Desert Storm. Doesn't that medal mean anything to you? That's the Purple Heart! You should display it proudly.
      Jeri: It's not something that I'm proud of, Colonel. I was wounded in a firefight. Our APC was hit by mortars. We were two clicks outside of...
      Col. Parker: City of Jalib ash. I know, 'cause I was there. Twelve dead, twenty-two casualties. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Those Iraqi bastards caught us with our pants down. We showed them who was boss. We shelled the sh*t out of them! I know because I gave the order.
      Jeri: You did?
      Col. Parker: That's an affirmative, soldier.

    • Bartender: Little late in the season for a vacation getaway, isn't it boys?
      Sgt. Burrows: Let's see. I'm in Butthole, Alaska. It's colder than a witch's left one out there. No one else around. That's very astute, bartender.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper sunbathing with the crypt made to look like a beach.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Ahh...Oh, hello creeps. It's your old pal the big scare-huna, enjoying a little surf and sand. [talks to beach babe next to him] Hey, babe, want me to rub a little suntan lotion on ya?
      Beach babe: Mmmmmmm...[lifts up her hair to expose her back to the Crypt Keeper]
      The Crypt Keeper: [laughs] Ooo...Boy, do I love the beach. [beach bully runs by, kicks sand at the Crypt Keeper and the beach babe.] Hey, hey, hey, you ! Watch it ! [The Crypt Keeper throws the Copperskull suntan lotion at the bully.]
      Bully: [off screen] Get a tan !
      The Crypt Keeper: Boy, I hate getting sand kicked in my face. I'm not you're average 98 pound weakling you know. For one thing I don't weigh that much. I tell ya kiddies, I'm going to get that guy! Which brings to mind the two men in tonight's terror tale, they're on a little shriek and destroy mission of their own, [babe hands Crypt Keeper the Crypt Tales Story Book.] in a nasty undertaking I call..."Comes The Dawn".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper sunbathing with the crypt made to look like a beach.]
      The Crypt Keeper: [sipping a drink] Mmmm...The Colonel should be a little more careful who he picks a fright with.Still, I think he'll get used to being hunted for a change, once he gets the fang of it. And if it doesn't work out, he can always re-enlist in the Marine Corpse! [laughs] As For me, kiddies, I decided to get even with that bully, by showing off some of my surfing prowess. I may not be able to hang ten, but I can sure hang one. [laughs and lifts towel showing the dead bully with a noose around his neck, then laughs again.]

  • NOTES (2)


    • Operation Desert Storm

      Operation Desert Storm, or the First Gulf War, was a war fought between 1990 and 1991 between Iraq and a coalition of 35 nations authorized by the UN. The United States was the main member of this coalition. The purpose of the war was to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi rule after Saddam Hussein invaded.

      There are numerous references to the military and Operation Desert Storm in this episode. These include the fact that Burrows and Parker are military officers, Jeri's Purple Heart, and the discussed shelling of Jalib Ash, a probable shortening of the actual Kuwaiti city, Jalib ash-Shuyukh.

    • Charles Atlas

      A bodybuilder born in Italy. He would become famous for his Dynamic Tension fitness system and for the unique advertisements he would use. Normally, the ads would feature Atlas mentioning that he was once a 98 pound weakling who hated having sand kicked in his face by bullies, but through his system, he bulked up to 180 pounds and was able to pull a train. His system would later be advertised in comics.

      In the opening wraparound segment, after a beach bully runs by the Crypt Keeper and the beach babe, he kicks sand at them, the Cryptkeeper says the following: "Boy, I hate getting sand kicked in my face. I'm not you're average 98 pound weakling you know. For one thing I don't weigh that much".

    • Coppertone

      A popular brand of sunscreen and suncare products first introduced in 1944. The brand became famous initially for its Coppertone girl advertising campaign involving a little girl having the back of her swimsuit pulled down by an eager dog.

      In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is about to put suntan lotion on a beach babe. The label on the bottle is "Copperskull".