Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 4 Episode 9

King of the Road

Aired Unknown Aug 08, 1992 on HBO

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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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 -
  • 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.