Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 5 Episode 7

House of Horror

Aired Unknown Oct 27, 1993 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Fraternity pledges are challenged to get to the top floor of a "haunted" house as frat brothers and sorority girls watch from outside, but strange things happen as each pledge attempt to make their way up.

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  • Nobody ever learns that you should not go inside the house.. ever...

    The wild college life in a fraternity is a popular theme, not only for horror stories. A lot of potential stories can be found in that environment, some of them stand out and some of them are forgetable.

    House of Horror is somewhere in between. An obnoxious fraternity brother that enjoys tormenting younger pledges, the femme fatale from the rival house with a curious invitation, the legend of a haunted house with a madman´s ghost lose inside and a game of chicken with a surprising end. The elements of the story may not be something completely new, but they work well together giving us a creepy twenty minutes in front of the TV. And I would be lying if I said the last few scene didn´t make me jump.moreless
  • a couple pledges get more then they bargained for when trying to convince a college fraternity into letting them join.

    I liked this episode. A couple of geek pledges try to impress a sorority of pretty girls who just moved close by. They go to a suposedly haunted house to see who can just make it to the top. With a odd hacking story being told to them they just might get scared. Looks like the fraternity leader just might get dinner with all the girls but not in the way he had hoped. I like this story because it is filled with a little humor, and had twists just at the same time. It is one of the better episodes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • DOA Pledgemaster: Remember pledges, eat every bite or you'll end up on the wall of shame ! [laughs]

    • Mona: See Les, You get your dinner date after all, and I'm just so famished for a man.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a judge.]
      The Crypt Keeper: [pounds gavel three times] Fright Court is now in session. Will the defendant please approach the bench? You stand accused of watching too much Tales from the Crypt. Do you understand the charge? [camera nods "no"] Neither do I, but I'll tell you this: if convicted, you'll recieve a stiff sentance. You may even do a little horrid time. How do you bleed? Alright then. Let the trial begin. Our first piece of evidence is a tale about a couple of college boys who are about to undergo a little trial and terror of their own, in a writ of habeous corpses I call, "House of Horror".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a judge.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Poor Les. I know they say that college costs an arm and a leg, but this is ridiculous! [laughs] Still, I think you would be happy to know that he was part of one last food fright. Ah, I see we've reached a verdict. Members of the gory, do you fiend the defendant guilty, or not guilty? [views a group of lifeless skeletons] What do you know, a hung jury! [laughs]

  • NOTES (6)


    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

      A 1974 film, based very loosely on real-life serial killer Ed Gein, about a group of young adults terrorized by a chainsaw-wielding murderer named Leatherface and his relatives. The film was directed by Tobe Hooper, who was also the director of the episode "Dead Wait", and starred Marilyn Burns and Gunnar Hansen. It has since been followed by three sequels, a remake, and a prequel to the remake.

      In this episode, Wilton tells Sparks that the rigged effects should not sound like a "chainsaw massacre".