Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 1 Episode 1

The Man Who Was Death

Aired Unknown Jun 10, 1989 on HBO



  • Notes

    • Because he loved the technique in some films as a child, Walter Hill wanted the main character, Niles Talbot to talk to the camera/audience. (AKA Breaking the fourth wall.)

      When casting an actor to address the audience, Walter Hill had many problems because no one could get the feel of the technique until William Sadler auditioned and received the part as long as he could do the role exactly how he did in the audition.

      This technique is also used in the episodes, "Dig That Cat...He's Real Gone" when the main character, Ulric, talks to the audience when he's inside the casket and in "Deadline", which was also directed by Walter Hill.