Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 3 Episode 3

The Trap

Aired Unknown Jun 15, 1991 on HBO

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • A man faking his death for insurance money. Not interesting.

    This episode is about a man who fakes his death for insurance money. One of the most interesing parts of this episode is; while he's in the casket reading over his insurance papers, his wife and brother begin to make out on top of him. They were so heated that they didnt know that they'd pulled the lever and the coffin was about to be cremated. They realized what was going on and stopped the conveyer belt. This is a very important part of this episode that will fall into play later. So, the man has to relocate and get a new identity for awhile before returning back home. What he finds is a very shocking twist.
  • Hilarious over the top performance by Bruce McGill !

    I absolutely loved this episode. This one features an excellent cast with a standout superb over the top performance by character actor, Bruce McGill and great directing by Michael J. Fox, who seems to know the true meaning of what a "Crypt" episode should feel like. McGill plays A man in serious financial trouble who treats his wife like crap and wonders what life after debt would be like.He decides, with the help of his unhappy wife and coroner brother to fake his own death, which will allow him to cash in his life insurance policy.In the process wife and brother cleverly find a way to turn the tables on the miserable cretin once and for all.
    Great twist ending and one of the funniest Crypt episodes. Certainly not like Fitting Punishment or Food For Thought. This is played strictly tongue in cheek and those are my favorite type of Crypt episodes. This was a standout episode of a very strong season three.
    Fox sneaks himself in this one in a nifty cameo as a lawyer.
    Great support by Teri Garr and Bruno Kirby as well.
    Who can ever forget the last line of this one ? A true classic and one of the best episodes of the series.
    Highly recommended.