Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 4 Episode 9

King of the Road

Aired Unknown Aug 08, 1992 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A cocky drag racer brings a police officer and former king of the road, back in the race when he kidnaps his daughter.

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  • Pretty bad all around

    Pretty bad all around

    My Thoughts: It was a pretty boring episode. I thought the cop was a cool character but the guy Brad Pitt played and the cops daughter both annoyed me throughout this episode. The story was corny and the acting wasn't too good, this episode sucked but it could have been worse.

    Gore - There isn't very much gore aside from the last car crash at the end. There is a cool explosion though.

    Fear - Not scary at all, had kind of a 'thriller' element when the crazy guy abducted and threatened the cops daughter.

    Story - A crazy drag racer/enthusiast stalks a legend street racer who is now a cop who the crazy guy wants to race. The cop used to go by the name 'Icemen' and denies being the Iceman. The crazy guy bags the Iceman's daughter and uses her as bait to force the Iceman to race him which he ends up doing to save his daughter. Unique -moreless
  • One of the show's best episodes, featuring great performances from two great actors.

    This episode, is a Tales classic, well directed by veteran Tales director Tom Holland(Of Fright Night fame), and features brillant performances by it's two leads, Raymond Barry(The Goodbye Girl, Born on the Fourth of July) and then newcomer Brad Pitt, who had only appeared at that time in the films Thelma & Louise, Cool World, A River Runs Through It, and True Romance, and although his name isn't wasn't as well known as it is now, you can see the acting skills Pitt would later come to display in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 12 Monkeys, Ocean's Eleven, and Fight Club.

    It's worth noting that it's probably because this episode feels so unlike the one's that preceded it(As already stated it was originally 1 of 3 episodes made for the adventure anthology pilot Two-Fisted Tales) that make it as good as it is, because unlike most Tales episodes, it dosen't have to focus on scaring the audience or keeping them anticipating the twist ending.moreless
Raymond J. Barry

Raymond J. Barry

Joe Garrett

Guest Star

Michelle Bronson

Michelle Bronson

Carey Garrett

Guest Star

Jack Kehler

Jack Kehler

Joe's Mechanic

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed in a ripped shirt and is re-hearse-ing for his theatre's groups version of A Streetcar Named Desire.

      In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a Shakespearean actor and reading a copy of Hamlet.

    • Jack Kehler is credited as Jack Keeler.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Billy Drake: Well I'll be a snake on Sunday. Pop in here for a shake and who do I run into ? The Iceman. How you doing?

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper re-hearse-ing for his theatre's groups version of A Streetcar Named Desire.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Stella...Stella!! Oh, hello plague-goers! I was just re-hearse-ing with my little theatre group. I just love the slime light! For tonight's dreary drama, I thought we'd try an experimental piece, about a retired drag racer who's afraid of getting to the finish line a little sooner than he wants. I call this nasty nugget, "King of the Road".

      [Closing wraparound segment.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well, that certainly gives new meaning to the term "burn rubber." [laughs] As for me, I've got to back to work. The group has decided to do something classical. We're trying to choose between A Midsummer Night's Scream and Ghoulius Caeser. [laughs] Care to watch from hackstage? [laughs] You know what they say, kiddies: the slay's the thing. [laughs]

  • NOTES (4)


    • A Streetcar Named Desire

      Popular 1947 play by Tennessee Williams turned into a very successful 1951 film starring screen legend, Marlon Brando. The film is notable for it's many quotes including the famous, Stanley Kowalski quote, "Stella!...Stella"!

      In this episode, during the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed in a ripped shirt and is re-hearse-ing for his theatre's groups version of A Streetcar Named Desire, quoting the famous line, "Stella!...Stella"!