Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 3 Episode 9

Undertaking Palor

Aired Unknown Jul 24, 1991 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A fiendish scheme by the town's undertaker and phamarcist to poison townspeople and benefit from the funerals is thwarted by a group of kids with a talent for video taping.

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  • Underrated

    I love this one it was clever and disturbing and an example of found footage horror before its time!
  • An episode for the kids to enjoy! ...Or not.

    A group of foul-mouthed adolescent boys stumble upon a scheme concocted by the local undertaker and pharmacist to drum up more business for the mortuary by killing locals with poisoned prescriptions. When one of the boys' father winds up a victim, it becomes personal and they risk their lives to bring the diabolical duo to justice.

    Really, it's a plot that probably would have been more in place in a kids' horror anthology, with only the gratuitous gore and loads of curse words reminding you that you're watching an adult program and not some low-rent Goonies knock-off. The four boys even felt like the cast of the Goonies, only without the charm.

    I'm not saying it's impossible to have an adult program focus on a child protagonist, it's just that the whole thing had a predictable, dumbed down, immature feeling that seemed to be catering more to adolescent boys the age of the main characters than the adult audience the rest of the show is targeted to. Not a bad episode, just not one of the better ones, either.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed like a director.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Quiet on the set! Deadly quiet. Ah, fond felicitations fiends and welcome to the Crypt. Tonight's sorted saga is about a couple of kids with time to kill. See, they're just dying to get into the horror movie business. And if they're lucky, that's exactly what'll happen to 'em. Lights! Camera! Action!

      [Closing wraparound segment.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Ah well, poor Sebastian. A brilliant career going down the drain. [Laughs] As for the kiddies, Josh gave up on making movies. Seems he didn't have the guts. And the others, they became lawyers. Must've been the taste of blood. After all they were certain they'd gotten themselves a killer. I mean who wears shoes like these [Points at his alligator shoes], except a killer. So until next time, see you later alligator! [laughs]

  • NOTES (1)

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Tales From The Crypt #39, December-January 1953-1954. Script by Al Feldstein with art by Jack Davis.


    • Robert Zemeckis

      One of the producers of this series and an Academy Award winning director of Back To The Future, and Forrest Gump, among many others.

      In this episode, the pizza that Sebastain Esbrook, the town undertaker is eating is from Zemeckis Pizza. The logo on the pizza box is shown in the background during the kid's confrontation with Esbrook.

      This is the second time the Zemeckis Pizza logo is seen in the series as it appears earlier in season three in "The Trap" as Lou Paloma was a delivery man for Zemeckis Pizza as the logo was shown on the back of his shirt.

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