Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 2 Episode 3

Cutting Cards

Aired Unknown Apr 21, 1990 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • [Spoiler Warning]
      [Obviously deliberate on the part of the original comic creators and the film makers to get a decent twist payoff].
      Goof: Cutting off a person's limb is extremely painful and one could pass out from loss of blood and pain and eventually die. There's no way Sam and Reno could have cut off that many limbs and still been able to continue playing poker, not to mention be able to hold the cards after the second finger was cut off, they would have passed out after the second limb was cut off as well, leading to possibly death. Plus the amount of blood around them would have been a bit messy.

    • In the opening wraparound segment, The Crypt Keeper does not say the title of the story.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a card dealer. In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed in his traditional hooded robe cooking fingers in a frying pan.

  • Quotes

    • The Crypt Keeper: You know, kiddies, after a night of slithering through the sickening slime of my crawly crypt, I take a little tip from the Marquis De Sade. He likes to unwind with a little red-hot poker. Tonight's tale from my collection of terror tomes is about a couple of real sharpies who'll do anything for a stab at the jackpot. So ante up, fellas. The game's about to begin.

    • Reno: Nobody laughs at me.
      Sam: Sure they do. They all laugh at you. They laugh your wife, they laugh at your clothes, they laugh at this dumb redneck cowboy way you got of talking and thinking.

    • Reno: Thinkin's the fun part of it. Thinking about it, thinking about what's going to happen. Listen to that little wheel of fortune click and turn into place when you ease back the hammer. Feelin' that metal get warm against your skin. Wonderin' what it's goin' feel like to feel your brains blown out through the side of your head. Wonderin' what comes after, if anything, or black. Wonderin' if you're going to scream. What do you think, Sam, are you going to scream? Yeah, you will.

    • Reno: Sorry, it took so long to answer the question. Which finger?

    • The Crypt Keeper: I've heard of giving someone the finger, but this is ridiculous. But at the risk of going out on a limb, I've got to hand it to Crevice and Forney. They'd do anything to elbow their way to the top. Dinner time!

  • Notes

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Tales From the Crypt #32, Oct-Nov 1952. Story by Al Feldstein with art by Fred Peters.

      In the comic story the gamblers names are Lou Crebis and Gus Forney, in the episode, their names are Reno Crevice and Sam Forney.

      Walter Hill actually used some of the original panels from the comic story to help storyboard this episode.

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