Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 2 Episode 13

Korman's Kalamity

Aired Unknown Jun 26, 1990 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A "Tales From The Crypt" comic book artist suddenly has his monstrous creations come to life and commit murder.

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  • The story of an artist whose creations come to life (and death)and the results that follow...

    Korman's Kalamity was great, especially since it stared Harry Anderson who did a pretty good role in Stephen King's IT. The opening song was good and the introduction into the troubled life of an EC comics artist who pressured by his lacking horror sense and his cruel and abusive wife that won't divorce him even though she hates his guts. Much like the typical horror story, fertility pills he takes don't do much for his sexual needs as much as they do for his mind which spawns creatures of all kinds such as the first: a laundry monster that kills a man that attempted to assault and murder Cynthia Gibb's character. The piece de resistence was when the bad wife finally met her monsterous match and Korman is finally free of her.

    This was good.moreless

    i liked anderson's performance in the film. he was also good in Stephen King's IT. good style of the TFTC comics. this has a nice anthology style known as "the-bitchy-wife-keeps-pissing-off-the-husband-then-he-kills-her-with-the-help-of-a-monster" situation, simliar to wat "Creepshow" did in the segment "The Crate", with actress Adrienne Barbeau and Hal Holbrook. GO CRYPTKEEPER!
  • Wasted idea

    A self-referential episode dealing with an artist of the \"Crypt\" comics whose creations come to life? Sounds great, doesn\'t it? Well, sadly the good idea wasn\'t put to anything exciting.

    First of all, the story was all over the place and therefore really confused. The wife and the cop and the pills and the coworkers were just too much because there was nothing left for a story. He draws the monsters and sometimes, somehow they become real. There didn\'t seem to be a real pattern behind it.

    But what really disappointed me was the execution of the monsters. How can Woodruff and Gillis, the masters of monsters, create such silly-looking things? They were caricatures of real monsters, not scary at all. They looked more like \"Meet the Feebles\" than monsters, except that they didn\'t look funny either. Just silly.

    I liked Harry Anderson even though he wasn\'t used enough. Why does his annoying wife get so much time for being annoying while has to be silent most of the time?

    With a story more developed and some better-looking monsters this could have been really great. So it\'s just okay.moreless
Tom Woodruff Jr.

Tom Woodruff Jr.

Utility Monster

Guest Star

Cynthia Gibb

Cynthia Gibb

Lorelei Phelps

Guest Star

Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson

Jim Korman

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Music: Just My Imagination performed by The Temptations is featured in this episode.

      Music: Composed by David Kitay.

    • In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is holding a Tales From The Crypt comic. Although this appears to be an actual cover from the original 1950's comics, it is actually only the right hand side portion artwork featuring Enoch, The two-faced man from Tales From The Crypt #33 (December 1952-January 1953). This issue actually contains the story "Lower Berth" which was adapted for the series and is the next episode in this season.

      It is not known if this is the actual original Jack Davis artwork blown up as the main image or if it was redrawn by (possibly) Mike Vosburg.

    • The Tales From The Crypt comic book office appears in this story. It appears again in "Whirlpool". However, it may or may not be the same office as the staff is completely different in each episode.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mildred Korman: Well, that's flattering. Is that how you picture me, as a rancid heap of garbage? God, what an eyesore. Why don't you feed it a laxative and put it out of its misery. Try some skin lotion, zit-face, your complexion could scare a proctologist.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper drawing himself in a picture.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Oh...Hi there fright fiends. How do you like my rancid rendering, not bad for an amateur. Hopefully it will give you an inkling of what tonight's fungusy photoplay is about because long before my eerie offerings appeared on your silver screen, they were a magazine called, get a load of this, Tales From the Crypt. So tonight, let's take a behind the screams look at a struggling artist named Jim Korman who one day got a little too drawn into his work.

      [Closing wraparound segment.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well, how's that for a sappy ending. Was it a little too graphic fort you? Oh, well. Next thing you know, Jim and his new gal pal will be walking down the easeI together. I guess he learned that life imitates art afterall. As for poor Mildred, she learned that death imitates art too. Maybe if she'd been nicer to him she wouldn't have ended up a monsterpiece.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Jabba The Hutt

      An original 1983 Kenner Action figure of Jabba The Hutt appears in Jim Korman's office during the opening credits.

    • William M. Gaines

      The publisher of EC comics and one of the most famous and recognizable personalities and talents in the comic industry. He became as well known for his adult-style cutting edge comics such as Tales From The Crypt and Mad Magazine as he did for his famous testimony against the U.S. congress in 1954, in which he defended the effects of his morbid comics on young children in the 1950's.

      In this episode, Jim's boss, Bob Grimes, the publisher of "Tales From The Crypt" comics, is based on Bill Gaines.

    • EC Comics