Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 2 Episode 10

The Ventriloquist's Dummy

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Aired Unknown Jun 05, 1990 on HBO
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Wanting to be better at his craft, a ventriloquist seeks out his long retired idol and discovers a shocking secret.

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    • TRIVIA (6)

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      • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper holding a Ventriloquist's Dummy, which he throws in a fire.]
        The Crypt Keeper: Good evening, fear fans. Your Just in time. "Contents: One ventriloquist's dummy. 'Hacme Novelty Company. Battle Shriek, Michigan." Oh, goody! Watch this, kiddies. [pulls out the dummy] You won't see my lips move. You know why? I DON'T HAVE ANY! Well hello Dickie, would you like me to tell a tale from the crypt?
        Dummy: No thanks, scat-breath.
        The Crypt Keeper: [throws dummy into fire] Then how about sitting a little closer to the fire. That's better. Now I can dole out a diseased little ditty about the schizofrantic nature of show biz and how to hack your way to the top. So, grab hold of your guts, kiddies, cause tonight you get to rub elbows with "The Ventriloquist's Dummy".

        [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper holding the burnt dummy and pulling it's head off.]
        The Crypt Keeper: What do ya say, kiddies? Billy deserves a big HAND, don't you think? [drum roll] Sheesh. The Things some folks will do to get a HEAD in show business. Oh well, next time somebody tells Billy he's no dummy, he can say "wanna bet"?

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      • The Shining

        A novel by Stephen King published in 1977 about a writer and his family lodged at an isolated hotel in the winter, where eerie things start to happen. It was adapted into a theatrical film in 1980 and a television miniseries in 1997. The film, is known Jack Nicholson's over-the-top performance and for his delivery of the often parodied and iconic line, "Here's Johnny!"

        In this episode, Morty says "Here's Morty!" in the same manner in which The Shining's signature line "Here's Johnny!" is delivered.

      • Graham Ingels

        One of EC Comics more popular artists. Nicknamed 'Ghastly' because of his more unique messy grotesque gory art style, he became the man most associated with the Old Witch, the host of the Haunt Of Fear.

        In this episode, Don Rickles' character, Ingels is an homage to EC comic book artist, 'Ghastly' Graham Ingels, who drew the story this episode was based on.

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