Judge David Johnson is starting his own horror anthology TV show. It's called Yarns from the Barn.
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 Fifth Season (published December 6th, 2006), and Tales From The Crypt: The Complete Seventh Season (published November 7th, 2007) are also available.
(insert high-pitched, maniacal Cryptkeeper laugh)
As we drag our bloody, drooling, ghoulish bodies ever closer to the finish line of HBO's horror-fantasy anthology series, here is Season Six in all its maggot-ridden glory.
Facts of the Case
Fifteen more episodes of terror, twists and Del Toro, served up with the trademark Crypt flair for wit and irreverence and partitioned into three discs. Your offering for this set:
I love this show, but I have to confess, this season lacked in comparison to its predecessors. The creative energy appeared to have been partially siphoned from the writing, leading to a batch of episodes that strike me as the most inferior of all I've seen. However, like any series, there are some standouts, and for the sake of optimism and because I'm generally a good-natured person, let's glance at the best of the bunch first.
"Comes the Dawn"
"99 and 44/100 % Horror"
"Staired in Horror"
"Doctor of Horror"
Unfortunately, the rest of the shows are disappointing. They're either too goofy—"The Pit" (cage-match fighters pit their wives against each other in their stead), "The Assassin" (a housewife turns on home invaders and caps with the worst ending of the season), "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime" (Catherine O'Hara is stranded in a surreal courtroom and…er, actually I have no idea what the #$%@ is going on)—or uneventful—"In the Groove" (a lame attempt at a twist ending that everyone should see coming), "Operation Friendship" (a guy and his imaginary friend and a dead-end plot)—or, frankly, needlessly obtuse—"Only Skin Deep" (it's dark, but that's about it), "Whirlpool" (a cutesy meta-narrative on the Tales from the Crypt writing process devolves into an incoherent mess.
And then you have the shows don't fall into any category: "Revenge is the Nuts" and "You, Murderer." The former is okay, but it's recycled from the Tales from the Crypt 1972 film (the one where the guy in charge of the blind folks home gets f-ed over) and the latter…well, that's a tough one. You, Murderer was directed by Robert Zemeckis, so you can expect something different, and you certainly get that. The entire thing is told from a first-person perspective, which is pretty cool, but that's not even the real gimmick. No, the true gag is using composite special effects and archival footage to include Humphrey Bogart's likeness in the show. Sure, it's nifty, but it was done better in those creepy Fred Astaire vacuum cleaner commercials. Besides, the story isn't even that good, leading me to think that Zemeckis just wanted to screw around with some cool technology.
Full frame, 2.0 stereo, marginal video quality, the typical for these sets. The lone extra is a virtual comic book of "Whirlpool." At least the packaging still looks slick.
Fun in spots, the sixth season of Tales from the Crypt nevertheless disappoints as a whole. I'm thinking the creative artery is beginning to run dry.
The accused needs a formaldehyde enema—stat!
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