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Dr. Oscar Charles
Music: Composed by Alan Silvestri.
Two deceased celebrities are credited in this episode, Alfred Hitchcock and Humphrey Bogart.
Through the use of old movie clips and cgi, Humphrey Bogart "plays" the main character, Lou Spinelli.
In the opening wraparound segment, a CGI-placed Alfred Hitchcock appears alongside the Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper offers him a "shockolate," but Hitchcock remains silent.
Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as Forrest Gump.
[Opening Wraparound Segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as Forrest Gump and is sitting on a park bench with Alfred Hitchcock.]
The Crypt Keeper: (slowly) Hello. How're you? I'm Fear-est Gump. [turns to Alfred Hitchcock] Hi. Care for a shock-olate? You sure? Mummy always said, Life is like a box of shock-olates. You never know what you're gonna get. Sometimes, you get a fudge scream, sometimes, you get nou-guts. Know what else Mummy said? She said, Scary is, as scary does. Which brings to mind the man in tonight's terror tale. He's just dying to get out of the mess he's in. Literally! [laughs] It's a little piece of horrid candy I call, "You, Murderer".
[Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as Forrest Gump and is sitting on a park bench with a skeleton.]
The Crypt Keeper: You know, I kind of feel sorry for Lou. Surely there has got to be an easier way to get an Oscar! [laughs] I hope my story didn't scare you too much, Mr. Hitchcock. Actually, I'm a very big fan of yours. If you want, you can tell me a story! [views skeleton covered in birds] Hmm. I guess he knows the pecking order now! [laughs]
Lou: That Betty was pretty talented. She could lie, murder, and tell jokes. She was the comic from Hell.
Oscar: Well, help me get him out of the car. He's starting to stiffen up.
Betty: That's more than he ever did for me. [laughs]
Lou: I had decided that this wasn't hell. Hell couldn't possibly be this stupid.
Betty: What is the matter?
Oscar: Look at him, he's got a dent in his head! What did he do, beat himself to death?
Betty: Let's throw him off the balcony, say he jumped.
Oscar: He better hit a piece of naked sculpture on the way down. The guy's got a pair of nipples punched in the top of his head. The police aren't that stupid. Why the hell did you hit him with a statue?
Betty: You'll be pleased. Your suicide note is rather eloquent. I almost cried when I wrote it.
Lou: I'm touched.
Lou: It's destiny that today of all days, you, doll have come up with a campaign that's gonna save this company. What was that slogan again?
Erika: Here's looking at you, kid.
Lou: I like it, Erika. It's got a familiar ring to it.
EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Shock SuspenStories #14, April-May 1954. Story by Otto Binder with art by Bernie Krigstein.
The comic story was inspired by the film, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari) (1920).
This episode is directed by Robert Zemeckis, who made a name for himself with Forrest Gump by intergrating footage of real-life celebrities with his own filmed scenes. This episode is no exception, since the story is told from the point of view of narrator Robert Sacchi and we never see "his" face (now made to look like Humphrey Bogart through plastic surgery) except in mirrors when Robert Zemeckis uses real footage of actor Bogart.
When this episode first aired on HBO it was part of a Robert Zemeckis special that was hosted by Michael J. Fox.
This episode is also available on DVD and VHS as part of Tales From The Crypt: The Robert Zemeckis Collection. This set also includes Zemeckis' two other Crypt episodes, "And All Through The House..." and "Yellow". When this DVD came out in 1999, they were the first Crypt episodes available on DVD format.
The main character of a 1994 film of the same name, by Robert Zemeckis and a 1986 novel by Robert Groom. In the film, Forrest was a mentally slow individual whose life led him to meet various historical figures and impact some of the most important events of the twentieth century.
The technology used in this episode to bring "back to life" Alfred Hitchcock and Humphrey Bogart was the same used by the director, Robert Zemeckis, in his film Forrest Gump. Additionally, the Crypt Keeper's opening and closing wraparound segments feature him in the same clothing as Forrest and sometimes speaking with his accent. The Crypt Keeper also makes numerous references to the movie, from mentioning that his mama always said "life was like a box of shockolates" and "scary is as scary does" to the opening shot of the feather floating lazily down in the Crypt.
A famous movie director between the twenties and seventies who was one of the pioneers of the suspense and thriller genres and has become as iconic as his films themselves, earning him the nickname, "The Master Of Suspense". Most film aficionados claim some of his films such as Psycho (1960), Vertigo (1958) and Rear Window (1954) to be the best of all time, and most of the techniques used in those films have been a major influence on film students for decades. He is also well known for his many cameo appearances in his films and for his popular long running anthology TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Not only does Alfred Hitchcock appear in the opening wraparound via archival footage like Bogart does in the episode, his work is also referenced in the closing wraparound segment when his skeleton is seen covered in birds and the Crypt Keeper makes a comment about the "pecking order". These are references to Hitchcock's 1963 classic, The Birds.
The Warren Commission was a governmental panel appointed to probe the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Commission's findings originally came underfire because of the methods they used in conducting the investigation.
When Lou is discussing how good a shot Betty is when she sets off the fateful chain of events at the end of the movie, he says she's "something the Warren Commission would've been proud of." This is both a reference to the original assassination and a subtle note to the rube goldberg-like claims that have sprung up since the investigation with regard to a possible government coverup.
The leader of the People's Temple, a cult religion that became famous when it committed mass suicide as Jones prescribed in 1978 through purposely drinking cyanide-tainted grape drink.
When Oscar offers Lou a drink and Lou smells the poison in the hip flask, he asks if the drink is "some sort of Jim Jones cocktail", a reference to this incident.
George "Gabby" Hayes was a famous American actor known primarily for playing the sidekick in Western films. He was also recognizable by his "grizzled" facial hair.
At one point, Oscar tells Leo "it would've been easier to make you look like Gabby Hayes", a joke on the fact that it would've been almost impossible to duplicate Hayes's facial hair and look.
Classic 1942 film Directed By Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains and Ingrid Bergman. The film won Oscars for best picture, best director and best screenplay. It is considered by die hard movie fans as one of the greatest movies ever made. The film is often quoted for it's great lines.
In this episode, Sherilyn Fenn and John Lithgow's characters say the line "Here's lookin' at you, Kid", which is the most repeated line from one of Bogart's more memorable films, Casablanca, in which he played Rick Blaine.
Ingrid Bergman, who co-starred with Bogart in Casablanca as IIsa Lund is the mother of Isabella Rossellini, who spoofs her mother's Casablanca role in this episode.
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