Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 1 Episode 1

The Man Who Was Death

Aired Unknown Jun 10, 1989 on HBO

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  • A man is out of the job when the death penalty is abolished. He decides, however, that justice must be served...

    This is by far the strongest episode of Season 1 for "Tales from the Crypt." It also happens to be the season opener, and sets the mood for the entire show. Told from the POV of the protagonist, this episode relies heavily on superb acting, which is exactly what Bill Sadler delivers to us. Had it not been for the director's suggestion, this episode could have gone in another direction completely. I think the strong point of this episode, however, is the script. We, as the audience, are able to get inside of the mind of a prison's executioner, which could have ended badly, had it not been for the fabulous writers. All in all, this is not only the strongest episode of the season, but one of the strongest episodes overall.