Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 6 Episode 3

Whirlpool

4
Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1994 on HBO
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A struggling female comic book artist finds herself trapped in a hellish world that constantly repeats itself with a tragic outcome.

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Richard Lewis receives the "and" credit.

      • Music: Composed by Nicholas Pike.

      • Cameo: Near the end of the episode, when Rolanda tells "Rick" to give her a new story from his files, the person playing Rick is episode director, Mick Garris, making a cameo.

      • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is seen renovating the crypt as an interior decorator and a painter.

      • The Tales From The Crypt comic book office appears again in this story. The first episode it appeared was "Korman's Kalamity". However, it may or may not be the same office as the staff is completely different in each episode.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper doing home renovations in the Crypt.]
        The Crypt Keeper: Looks like it's curtains for me kiddies.[Removes see-through curtain he's holding and picks up blinds] Then again, maybe the Venetian blinds would look better. [laughs] I don't know. When I started this little makeover, I was pretty excited. I thought a little Slaytex paint, some new scream doors, maybe even some scare conditioning. I could turn my little doomicile into a regular pied-à-terror. But, I tell ya, kiddies, between the dust and the ghost overruns, your pal the Crypt keeper's going out of his mind! Which is kinda like the woman in tonight's terror tale. It's about a comic book artist who's about to experience a terrible case of déjà boo. I call it, "Whirpool".

        [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper renovating the Crypt.]
        The Crypt Keeper: Poor Rolanda. All she wanted was another shot. And that's exactly what they gave her. Talk about character assassination. [laughs] So whaddya think, kiddies? Am I ready for Architectural Diegest or what? It took a while, but this old haunt is finally coming together. Nice shudders over there. A lovely fright fixture over here. As a matter of fact, I've even started thinking of some new improvements I want to make. And I'm going to use the same contractor. [removes sheet from contractor's disembodied head] I'm already taking bits! [laughs]

    • NOTES (3)

      • Warden Neil (costume designer) received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series" for this episode.

      • A "virtual comic book" of Whirlpool, a presentation of the comic story, can be found on the Complete Sixth Season DVD box set.

      • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Vault Of Horror #32, Aug-Sept 1953. Story and Art by Johnny Craig.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • [Spoiler Warning]
        Werewolf Concerto

        Season four episode of Tales From The Crypt with the twist involving a werewolf and a female vampire.

        When Iggy mentions that the story he has to fill the empty spot in the issue is "that 'he's a werewolf, she's a vampire, but neither of them knows it' story", the idea bears a striking resemblance to "Werewolf Concerto".

      • [Spoiler Warning]
        The Secret

        Season two episode of Tales From The Crypt with the twist involving a vampire couple and a pre-teen werewolf.

        When Iggy mentions that the story he has to fill the empty spot in the issue is "that 'he's a werewolf, she's a vampire, but neither of them knows it' story", the idea bears a slight resemblance to "The Secret".

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