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Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 6 Episode 2

Only Skin Deep

Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1994 on HBO
out of 10
User Rating
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Episode Summary

Coming off a bad relationship, a man with a history of violent behavior, picks up the wrong girl at a costume party.

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  • Surprisingly creepy episode.

    An episode about a guy meeting a woman at a Halloween party really doesn't sound very scary, but this was so oddly and darkly directed that it was. This episode almost felt like a really dark Tim Burton movie. The plot is simply that a man meets a woman at a Halloween party who's wearing a creepy white "mask". This man learns all the passion and anger he gets out in having sex with her. Why he would have sex with someone wearing such an ugly "mask"? Who knows, but it's creepy nonetheless. The ending is pretty standard, but this is still a good episode.moreless
  • Creepy "Mask" but no payoff.

    This is not one of my favorite episodes, while it is well acted and certainly creepy it just doesn't have the payoff that other Crypts have. The ending isn't very impactful and it's doesn't really twist, it just seems forced and was a letdown. While The main character may or may not of deserved his fate , he was a jerk. Of course him being a jerk may have been the reason "Molly" took him home in the first place. Great mask makeup on "Molly", very weird, I certainly wouldn't have went with her that's for sure, although her body made up for it I guess. There's too many unanswered questions left in this one for me to rate it any higher than a five. This one is not very rewatchable either.moreless
  • He should have ran when he saw her with the mask still on.

    This was a very creepy episode. This man hooks up with a masked lady at a costume party. They hit it off and end up sleeping together. Being warned to leave this idiot stays until the mourning. When he wakes up, the masked lady still has on the mask. The warning signs should have been going off in his head. This lady is truly weird giving this man signs that he should leave and not try to future anything. Obviously, he must have had a great time that night because he will not let this mystery lady go. In the end his curiosity will get the best of him.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • {Spoiler}

      (Carl has Molly pinned to the floor)
      Carl: You got all those Masks B*#ch! Let's see what's under yours!
      (Pulls on Molly's Mask but instead of pulling it off, leaves four gashes on the mask and on his fingers)
      Molly: (in pain) Nooo!
      (Carl grimaces in pain falling over. Molly stands up over him, the circular saw in her hand)
      Molly:It was never a Mask, Carl it's the way I was born! (Chuckles seeing him squirm) Hair of the dog; plus a little something extra. I swear you must have the Slowest Metabolism in the God Damn World...
      (Turns on the saw and lowers it to Carl's face)
      Carl: (screaming) Noooo!!!!
      (Later Molly is seen preserving his face and adding it to her collection in the Cabinet.)

    • Carl: Listen, uh, not to be rude or anything but uh, what are you...heh..no, I mean your costume?
      Molly: I'm a body bag. I thought the invitation said "come as you are".
      Carl:....Well, how are you a body bag?
      Molly: A synthetic shell with a corpse inside.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a card dealer at a poker table with two skeletons.]
      The Crypt Keeper : [Throwing poker chips.] Hmmm...I see your raise and I call. [Stabs a garden spade in bloody heart on table.] Bleed 'em and weep, spades beat hearts everytime. [laughs] Oh, hello creeps. So glad you could join me for my weekly game. My deal. Hacks and chokers are wild. Are you in ? Good. So's the man in tonight's terror tale, except his game is relationships. It's a ghoulish little gamble I call, 'Only Skin Deep'.

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a card dealer at a poker table with two skeletons]
      The Crypt Keeper: I guess that's one way to wear a guy out. [laughs] Still, I think Carl and Molly make a hell of a couple, I mean, talk about boo of a kind. Ok, I see your raise and raise you twenty. Call ! [Skeleton drops four aces and gets a fireplace poker through the head.] Now That's a poker face ! [laughs]

  • NOTES (3)


    • Abraham Lincoln

      The 16th President of the United States who served from 1861 to 1865, the time of his assassination. The first president to be elected from the Republican Party, he is most famous for leading the nation to victory during the Civil War and issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, which led to the end of slavery in the country. He is also known for his phyical appearance, quite tall and bearded and often wearing a top hat. He appears on the American penny and the American five dollar bill.

      In this episode, Bob, the host of the Halloween party in the beginning, is dressed up as a zombie Lincoln, complete with bloody headshot make-up.