Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 5 Episode 12

Half-Way Horrible

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1993 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A murderous two-faced businessman about to debut a new preservative discovers that all his key partners are being murdered and the killer may be closer to him than he thinks.

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  • Roger murders his friend to help finish a perservative that will make food never spoil.

    I actually really like this episode. He double crosses his friend (by killing him) to complete this perservative . He also starts seeing these notes everywhere. I think that Roger is an evil enough person who can't be felt sorry for because he killed his friend. The doctor 'Cheech Marin' trys to help get rid of his bad side, and he suceeds in just that. This episode is good, and something I can watch again. It had a little bit of humor in it, especailly seeing him dressed up as a witch doctor. This is one of my favorites from Season 5.moreless
  • Roger is victimized by someone sending him odd messages. He remembers that he murdered his friend years ago. When he wants to get rid of his "evil side" he the seeks help of a doctor. After the ritual, Roger finds himself only half the man he used to be.moreless

    Holy half-decomposed businessmen! The special effects in this episode are superb! It all starts out with a man that injected a preservative in his own head, making it a slimy, irredescent color and at the end of the episode, the complete right half of Clancy Brown's character's body starts to decompose.... 'Half Way Horrible' is a must see for any Tales From the Crypt fan. Cheech Marin plays a respectable doctor which, as we all know, is a ten mile jump from characters he usually plays! All together, "Half Way Horrible" is a great episode that anyone should check out.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a hair salon owner.]
      The Crypt Keeper: [removes hair dryer from a customer; a shrunken head is shown] Oohh, I just love how your hair is groan out. A little scream rinse and conditioner, and it will look faboo! If you don't look dead, we don't look dead. Oh, hello kiddies! You're right on time for your appointment. You know, it was always one of my ghouls in death to have my own scare salon. Now let's see...a few shrieks in your hair would look good, a boo-font would look even better. Or maybe you would like to try out tonight's die-fashion statement. It's a nasty nugget that ax the question, zombie or not zombie? I call it, "Half-Way Horrible".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a hair stylist.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well...at least in the end, Roger knew rot from wrong. If only he'd learn that a little fester. You'll be happy to know, kiddies, that our story has a happy ending. Roger's company did very well. Its shares shot up on the New York Shock Enchange. [laughs] So, have we made up our minds? You want bangs? Perfect. I have just the thing. [pulls out a gun; laughs; fires a mini-sign] Bang. [continues laughing]

  • NOTES (1)


    • The Raven

      One of classic horror author Edgar Allen Poe's most popular and well-remembered works, it's a narrative poem about a young scholar who recently lost his lover and is driven mad by a raven in his home that can only say the word "Nevermore".

      In this episode, upon being advised to make amends karmically before his bad actions catch up to him, Roger snaps at Colin, "why don't you just perch on my mantle and keep saying 'Nevermore'?". This is of course, a reference to the famous poem.

    • Hamlet

      A tragedy written by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a young prince who becomes obsessed with getting revenge on his uncle, who murdered his father, the King of Denmark, and married his mother. It's famous for its themes of madness, caused by grief and a need for vengeance, as well as its oft-quoted lines, "to be or not to be, that is the question" and "alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio" (the latter is often misquoted as "alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well").

      In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt keeper says "zombie or not zombie?", this is a reference to the line "to be or not to be?" from act three, scene one of the play.

    • Vidal Sassoon

      Famed British hairstylist who created the wash and wear perm and transformed hair styling into a mainstream money making artform, leading into a chain of salons and several hair care products such as shampoo and conditioner that bear his name.

      During the crypt keeper's opening segment as a hair salon owner, a sign behind him can be mostly seen and spells out "Videad Sasson" This is clearly a play on words concerning Vidal Sassoon.