Sep 9, 2011
Tales from the Crypt “Dead Wait” (part 1 of 2)
SUMMARY: James Remar is a thief who runs afoul of a voodoo priestess as he tries to steal a rare pearl. John Rhys-Davies, Vanity, and Whoopi Goldberg are also here, in a tale guaranteed to make your skin crawl.
For our second helping of murderous morsels, we go to the third season of Tales from the Crypt, with the Tobe “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Hooper-helmed entry “Dead Wait”. I think it’s safe to say that this is the last good thing Hooper’s name has appeared on. Not great, mind you, but pretty good. The plot is a bit of a mishmash, with a rather extraneous bit about rebels taking over a Caribbean island that seems shoehorned in just to complicate things, but I like this episode, at any rate.
After the opening sequence (God, I love this opening sequence!), we find our undead host the Cryptkeeper as a travel agent, with the requisite punny/jokey posters behind him. “Lose Your Heart in San Francisco”, “Transylvania Sucks”, you get the idea. The puppet looks even better in this season, though of course the puns are quite terrible, as they should be.