Cameo: Producer Joel Silver appears in the closing wraparound segment as the victim tied to the log that is about to meet his demise by the Crypt Keeper's chainsaw.
Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a lumberjack.
Goof: [Spoiler warning] When Ted is sawing the logs, they are extremely tall and you cannot see anyone's head above them. However, when the camera pans over to show Dixon, then Liz's, heads above the logs, they are suddenly much shorter and their heads and shoulders are clearly visible.
Goof: None of the men working on the lumber yard wear goggles while they are chopping. Not only is it against federal safety regulations (even at the time this episode was made) not to wear them, but not wearing safety goggles causes an extremely high risk of eye injury, especially while working with chainsaws.
Running Time: [excluding opening title sequence] 26 minutes 18 seconds.
Steve: I don't want you sh*t-heads staring at her, you understand me? And you'd better act like f**king gentlemen when the lady's around.
Snaz: [To Artie] Some lady. She used to sell her mouth for a nickel.
Liz Kelly-Dixon: [Narrating] I'd been stranded for a couple of months up in the north woods, when I took a job waiting tables at the Cummings Saloon. I was trying to save up for a bus ticket out. The money was terrible. And most of the tips I got weren't the kind you could stick in a bank.
[Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper sharpening an axe.]
The Crypt Keeper: Sometimes life can be such a grind, know what I mean? That's why I like to get out every now and then and swing a little [throws axe at someone, who gets hit and screams]. So much for his family tree. [laughs] Tonight's tale concerns a young woman whose about to do a little swinging of her own. She wants to prove that a good man is hard to find, but easy to get rid of. I think you'll like this little chopping spree I call "Split Second".
[Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper holding a chainsaw and a producer tied to a tree.]
The Crypt Keeper: Well kiddies, I've got a little chopping to do of my own. It's my producer's birthday. He's always wanted final cut and that's exactly what he's getting. [laughs]
Brion James was a frequent collaborator of Tales from the Crypt founding father/director/producer Walter Hill. They made five films together: Hard Times (1975), Southern Comfort (1981), 48 Hrs. (1982), Red Heat (1988), and Another 48 Hrs. (1990).
EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Shock SuspenStories #4, Aug-Sept 1942. Script by Al Feldstein with art by Jack Kamen.