Did you know Judge David Johnson has a crypt in his house? Well, actually, it's the bathroom, but he's often heard people say "It smells like something died in here!"
Our reviews of Tales From The Crypt: The Complete First Season (published July 27th, 2005), Tales From The Crypt: The Complete Third Season (published April 5th, 2006), Tales From The Crypt: The Complete Fourth Season (published July 25th, 2006), Tales From The Crypt: The Complete Sixth Season (published July 25th, 2007), and Tales From The Crypt: The Complete Seventh Season (published November 7th, 2007) are also available.
That emaciated wordsmith the Cryptkeeper returns for a fifth helping of zombies, mummies and John Stamos.
Facts of the Case
Season five of HBO's flagship horror anthology brings all the ingredients well-known to the series: dark humor, blood and guts, recognizable faces galore and killer twist endings. This season features 13 episodes, all prefaced by the Cryptkeeper who, at this point, rocketed into pop culture icon status which the producers seized upon, making the beloved—but fairly annoying—character even cornier than ever (he portrays an effeminate hair stylist in one episode). The episodes themselves, however, remain as fun as ever.
This is a solid season, packing in the gore and nudity, and features some of my favorites. Here's a gander at the lineup:
• "Death of Some Salesman"
• "As Ye Sow"
• "Forever Ambergris"
• "Food for Thought"
• "People Who Live in Brass Hearses"
• "Two for the Show"
• "House of Horror"
• "Well Cooked Hams"
• "Creep Course"
• "Came the Dawn"
• "Oil's Well That Ends Well"
• "Half-Way Horrible"
• "Til Death Do We Part"
All in all, this is an enjoyable season, stocked heartily with everything that makes Tales from the Crypt so great. You want gore? Comedy? Plot twists? Pointless nudity? A parade of mid-level celebrities? Season five delivers. The DVD treatment, however, is a bare-bones affair. The transfers are spotty, with some shows besieged by grain and washed-out color saturation. And who made off with the extras? All you'll get is a virtual comic book for "Death of Some Salesmen." Bah.
Another solid entry into the canon of late-night horror-comedy, Season Five features some memorable stories. Yeah, there are a few clunkers, but what are you going to do? The uninspiring DVD presentation leaves much to be desired, though.
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