Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 2 Episode 8

For Cryin' Out Loud

Aired Unknown May 22, 1990 on HBO
out of 10
User Rating
108 votes

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Episode Summary

A crooked rock promoter hosting a benefit concert plans a scam to run off with all the money but complications arise when he starts hearing his conscience in his head.

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  • Low score?

    This episode is so underrated.
  • Marty Slash (Lee Arenberg) is haunted by his conscience (voiced by Sam Kinison).

    Lee Arenberg stars as Marty Slash, a rock promoter/club owner who stole money from a bogus charity concert (featuring Iggy Pop) that he set up (which is going on through the episode). His conscience gets through to him (voiced by Sam Kinison) who tries to talk Marty out of taking the money when Marty's banker (Katey Sagal) tries to blackmail him, he sinks lower causing his conscience to work harder to get him to do the right thing.

    Along with another reviewer here, I also can't belive this episode was poorly rated. I like the cast especially the voice of Sam Kinison as Marty's conscience. I also like the interplay between Marty and his conscience, and how it starts where it finishes.moreless
  • A rock band promoter listens to the little voice in his head with some dangerous actions in result.

    This episode wasn't too entirely terrible. It actually was kind of funny but the only reason I gave it such a low grade was because of the fact it is not scary at all. This episode just seemed to keep on dragging for what seemed like a really long time. Tales from the Crypt stories are supposed to be scary, in my opinion, this one really wasn't scary at all. It did not have the jump out of your seat fright factor like other episodes do. Yes, this did have an ironic ending but just too long to set up. Sam Kinison is what kept me watching this episode. Him and Katey Seagal were what kept me alert.moreless
  • I can't believe this episode is so poorly rated!

    This was actually one of the better episodes of the series, and in the top 3 of the season. It's not a scary episode, but Lee Arenberg gives such a fun and over the top performance, it makes this episode feel more like a comic book than most. In this episode, a sleazy record producer tries to run off with a million dollars in charity money, but first he has to get through his banker, and of course his wise cracking consience played by Sam Kinison. This episode astounded me that it could be so poorly thought of and I suggest you rewatch it, because this is a really fun episode!moreless
Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop


Guest Star

Sam Kinison

Sam Kinison

voice of Marty's Conscience

Guest Star

Frank Infante

Frank Infante

Guitar Player

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Iggy Pop: All right, Everybody! Shut the f*ck up. There's one f*cker here we have to f*cking thank for putting this whole f*cking thing together. It's his f*cking idea. I want to thank you for the f*cking air we're f*cking... [takes a gasping breath] breathing right now. You know it's the f*cking trees that make the f*cking air. So let's show him how much we [Yells] F*CKING LOVE HIM! Marty Slash!

    • Marty's Conscience: Don't touch that money!

    • Marty Slash: "Shoot me the juice! Fry me!"

    • [Opening wraparound segment.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Tonight's little riff is ripe with sex, death and rock & roll. Now that's entertainment! You'll meet a putrified promoter of pop with an ear for a hit. I don't want to kill it for you. Let's just say we come into the story just when his career is getting real... hot.

      [Closing wraparound segment.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well, headbangers, wasn't that one a real smash?! I know it was for Ms. Kielbasa. As for Marty, he was right about that noise in his head. He probably wished he was deaf but he got death instead. Until next time, fright fans. Ears looking at you!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Only Sam Kinison's voice is used in this episode. This is unique being that at the time of this episode's airing he was a well known comedian and controversial presence and his apperance would have been a good selling point for ratings.

    • Katey Sagal, who plays Ms. Kielbasa in this episode, is most known for her long running role As Peg Bundy on the FOX sitcom, Married With Children. Oddly enough, Sam Kinison, who voices the conscience in this episode, was one of the actors considered for the role of her husband, Al Bundy. He would appear later on Married With Children as an angel on the Dec. 17, 1989 episode, "It's a Bundyful Life".

    • Sam Kinison died in a car accident, April 10, 1992, nearly two years after this episode first aired.

    • Sam Kinison, who plays the conscience in this episode, would go on to play a similar role as the alter ego for Tim Matheson in the short-lived 1991 FOX sitcom, Charlie Hoover. Unlike this episode, however, he was visible to the audience and the main character, and not just an "inner voice" like he was to Marty Slash.

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Shock SuspenStories #15, June-July 1954. Story by Otto Binder with art by Reed Crandall.