Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 2 Episode 18

The Secret

Aired Unknown Jul 31, 1990 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A 12 year-old-orphan is adopted and given a life of sweets and luxury by a rich couple harboring a terriying secret but little do they realize the boy may have a secret himself.

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  • Los hombres lobo atacan!!

    Sin duda "el secreto" me parecio el mejor episodio lejos de la segunda temporada, la historia es buena, las actuaciones igual, lo que mas me gusto fue el hombre lobo sin duda fue excelente el vestuario, me hubiera gustado ver una pelea mas pareja entre vampiros y hombres lobos pero igual es un excelente episodio.

    Te mantiene enganchado hasta el final, recien ahí, me di cuenta de que el chico era un hombre lobo yo ni me lo esperaba.

    La historia es buena pero ya esta repetida en muchos lados, pero en el caso de este episodio esta narrada de otra manera no convencional por lo que hace que te agrademoreless
  • Werewolf versus vampires? The Secret possessed the Secret to success.

    I was first interested in this episode when I purchased the second season of Tales from the Crypt on DVD. This was the first episode I watched and it proved to be my favorite episode of season two and one of my top five. The werewolf element was delievered really well although I couldn't help but think that maybe the vampires could have escaped by flying. I did like the fact that Theodore overcame them, but the thought just came up. I tell you that this episode was superior and excellent particularly with Larry Drake's role as the tragic-fated butler. Two vampires and a werewolf plus a vicious dog working for the vampires...this was a great episode that I would recommend to anyone who is a werewolf and/or a Tales From the Crypt fan.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Mrs. Colbert cuts the piece of cake, she puts it on the plate on its side, with the decorations facing sideways. When she hands it to Theo, the cake is upright with the decorations on top again. When Theo hands the cake to Tobias, the decorations are on their side again, and they switch back to being on top when Tobias takes the cake.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is wearing his tradional robe with the hood down and is reading Oliver Twist.

      In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is sitting next to a large 'Thinker' statue and is wearing his tradional robe and a coon skin cap.

    • Music: Composed by David Kitay.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper reading Oliver Twist]
      The Crypt Keeper: ...What?! So where's the twist? And I had such great expectations. Ah, now here's a story you can sink your teeth into. A toothsome tale of tommyrot guaranteed to scare the dickens out of you! Lean in, fright fans. I'm going to let you in on "The Secret".

      [Closing wraparound segment.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Finally, the kid gets the upper hand...or should I say, the upper paw. Just when Mom and Pop were about to satisfy their sweet tooth, Theodore decides to wolf down something besides sweets! [laughs] Well, that's all for now, kiddies. As one cow said to the other as they headed off to slaughter, "'til next we meat!". [laughs]

  • NOTES (3)


    • Charles Dickens

      Acclaimed, legendary novelist from the Victorian age, known for superb characters, epic storytelling and excellent depiction of modern life. His stories have stood the test of time and most of his work has never went out of print and are as much loved today as they were since their initial publications. Some of his most famous stories are, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby , and A Christmas Carol among many others. Most of his novels and short stories are widely available in collected form.

      During the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is seen reading Oliver Twist, a novel by Charles Dickens. He also mentions another novel by Dickens, Great Expectations, and when he's introducing the story he says the line, "A toothsome tale of tommyrot guaranteed to scare the Dickens out of you"!

    • Davy Crockett/Coonskin Cap

      A famous 19th-century frontiersman, who died at the Battle of the Alamo. In the 1950's, a Disney TV series called Davy Crockett loosely based on his life depicted him as wearing a coonskin cap also commonly known as a Davy Crockett cap. This was a furry hat with a raccoon tail hanging from the back.
      This hat became hugely popular and was an iconic staple for 1950's children.

      The main character in this episode, Theodore is seen wearing a coonskin cap. In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is also wearing a coonskin cap.

    • 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.

      The name of the orphanage in this episode is named, "The Gaines Orphanage" named after William M. Gaines.