Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 2 Episode 6

The Thing From The Grave

Aired Unknown May 08, 1990 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A supermodel and her photographer fall in love but when her abusive boyfriend learns of their affair he sets out to kill the photographer, but soon finds out that true love is very hard to destroy.

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  • A very young Terri Hatcher !

    I know that it\'s a staple of anthology horror, especially EC anthology horror of a basic story with the dead coming back to life but I just find them boring and unoriginal and something used for lack of a good twist. That being said, this one is a typical come back from the dead story about a photographer who is in love with a beautiful model and has to contend with her jealous jerk of a boyfriend who is standing in the way of their love, of course, the lunatic boyfriend decides to off the photographer and he comes back from the dead, but at least there is some explanation in the form of a necklace he gives to his lover.

    It\'s not really a bad episode but I like ones that aren\'t 100% predictable and coming back from the dead is anti-climatic and very by the numbers predictable, however, the acting is ok especially by the always in form villain for hire, Miguel Ferrer, who plays a similar Jerk villain in Robocop. This episode features a very young Terri Hatcher, just fresh off of Tango and Cash and just before we found out, \"they are real...and they are spectacular\" in Seinfeld, and a few years before she broke through on Lois and Clark.

    I gotta rate this one a low four, it\'s just too obvious and unoriginal, it has it\'s moments but it\'s not my cup of tea.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Music: Composed by David Newman.

    • Goof: When Stacy goes back to Devlin's studio to look for him, she sees the groceries left for about six days, she picks up the ice cream which has since melted and the top comes off making a gurgled sound like the ice cream has flowed out, but none looks to have come out and she doesn't seem to get any on her hand, even though the ice cream now looks half full.

    • Goof: When Devlin takes Bruckner back to the grave, the hole he came out of is perfectly squared off and the dirt around it is perfectly spread out. Going by typical movie zombie stereotypes, he probably wouldn't have been able to dig a hole that good and perfect in his present state.

    • Goof: When Devlin first leaves his grave and is zombified, he's walking to the cabin typical movie zombie like, crumpled over, walking slow and dragging his feet. When he is seen later chasing Bruckner back to the grave, he appears to be walking fast and normal.

    • Goof: When Bruckner shoots the Devlin zombie in the face, it blows a hole through it's head, even showing pieces of his head blowing off but when it shows the zombie's face again, it appears to not have any bullet damage at all.

    • Goof: Devlin was buried for about six days, he probably wouldn't have decomposed that much in such a short span.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is wearing his traditional robe with the hood down and is reading a Playdead magazine.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Devlin: Isn't this better than being on an authentic tropical island, getting all hot and sweaty?
      Stacy: I don't know. Sometimes I like getting all hot and sweaty.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper reading a "Playdead" magazine.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Oops. Looks like you caught the old Crypt Keeper checking out one of his ghoulie magazines. [laughs] Which gives you a little hint about tonight's dead time story. It's all about the way some guys just die over a pretty girl. But don't worry kiddies. If it starts to reek a little of rotted romance, I think the title of our nasty narrative makes no bones about where it's heart is really at. I call it "The Thing From the Grave".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper reading a Playdead magazine.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Ah, wasn't that romantic? Blah! I would have called tonight's fear fable a boy meets ghoul story, expect the boy was the ghoul this time! Right kiddies? Which leaves poor little Stacey fresh out of boy friends. Oh well. I'm sure she'll dig one up somewhere! [laughs]

  • NOTES (3)


    • Romeo And Juliet

      William Shakespeare's well known tragic play about a love affair between two teens complicated due to thier families hatred for one another. The play is a strong example of love and tragedy in fiction and the name Romeo has long been linked to refer to a passionate lover and someone who will do anything for love.

      In this episode, in reference to Devlin's love for Stacy and his willingness to do anything for her, Bruckner tells Stacy, "I should warn you there really isn't any point in calling your sweetheart 'cause Romeo isn't gonna save you this time".

    • Pat Boone

      Popular respected singer, songwriter and actor with a string of hits in the 1950's. He is as well known for his covers of R&B hits such as Ain't that a shame and Tutti Frutti as he is for his clean cut and down home straight edge image. When the British invasion hit in the 1960's Boone moved over into gospel and country music, where he is has become most associated with.

      In this episode, in reference to Boone's clean cut reputation, Bruckner says to Stacy in defense of his tempermental attitude and mistakes, "I ain't Pat Boone, all right".

    • Panasonic

      Popular and respected brand name for Japanese manufacturer Matsushita Electric Industrial Company. The brand produces electronic products such as microwaves, digital cameras, laptops, TV's, CD/DVD players, personal stereo equipment and telephone products, among others. They are known for their slogan, "Ideas for Life."

      In this episode, the answering machine at Devlin's studio is a Panasonic brand.

    • Eileen Ford

      Well Known Model Agency executive, and co-founder with her husband, Jerry Ford of Ford Models, one of the most popular and successful model agencies in the world. She has authored several books on fashion and modelling and is one of the most respected names in the fashion industry.

      In this episode, When Devlin, the model photographer is missing, Bruckner tells Stacy, "Maybe he flew off to Paris with some 19-year old Eileen Ford discovery".

    • Vaseline

      Popular brand of white, greasy trademarked petroleum jelly lubricant. It comes in several jar sizes and has multiple uses such as on chap lips/skin, rashes, burns, cuts, and as sexual lubricant as an alternative to KY Jelly. Being cheap, long lasting and with a multitude of uses, Vaseline could probably be found in most homes. Non-trademarked versions of this product are usually just called Petroleum Jelly.

      In this episode, Mitch Bruckner states one of Vaseline's many uses when he tells Devlin the photographer, "Why don't you take this nice long lens of yours...get it nice and covered with Vaseline and shove it up your..."

    • The Ten Commandments

      Found in passages of two books of the bible, Deuteronomy 5:6–21 and Exodus 20:2–17 the Ten Commandments are a biblical list containing moral statements written by God on two stone tablets, which he gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. Although they are known as the Ten Commandments, the Exodus passage is translated to be about fourteen to fifteen commandments. In 1956, Cecil B. De Mille directed an Academy Award winning film, The Ten Commandments based on Moses and starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner.

      Spoiler Warning

      In this episode, before he kills Devlin, Bruckner says, "The Ten Commandments were carved in stone, you remember the Ten Commandments, don't you" ? "Thou shalt not covet they neighbour's wife" was part of the deal. Devlin responds with, "What happened to "Thou shalt not kill" ? Both of those are taken from the Ten Commandments.

    • Playboy Magazine

      Popular men's Magazine founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, featuring nude female pictorials, celebrity interviews, theme specific articles, dirty cartoons and the beloved centerfold. Although, Playboy deals in nude photography, the photos are actually more of a softcore nature in good taste compared to many of it's more explicit rivals such as Penthouse or Hustler.

      In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is reading his version of Playboy Magazine, known as Playdead.

    • Shirley MacLaine

      Critically acclaimed and eccentric Academy Award winning actress and best selling author with a film career that has spanned over six decades. Known not only for her memorable performances in films such as The Children's Hour, Irma La Douce, Turning Point, Being There, Terms Of Endearment and In Her Shoes but also for her outspoken beliefs in reincarnation and out of body experiences. These beliefs have branded her somewhat of a crazy kook by the media but she has stood by her beliefs dispite the criticism. She is also the sister of Hollywood legend, Warren Beatty.

      In this episode, the header on top of the Playdead Magazine in the opening and closing wraparound segments states, "Interview: A soul-searching Shirley MacLaine. This is in reference to her many beliefs in reincarnation and her claims of out of body experiences.