Nov 4, 2014
Tales from the Crypt “Dead Wait” (part 2 of 2)
Later, Red enters Duval’s house, finding a glass case with the aforementioned black pearl resting inside. Duval startles Red, telling him an alarm will go off if he gets too close to the case. They talk about the pearl for a while, and then Duval goes off to bed.
Outside, Red and Katrine talk, and flirt, and after a rather obvious bit of chess-based bantering (“red king takes the black queen”), we find them in Red’s bed rutting like crazed weasels. I’m not exaggerating, either. They damn near break the bed!
This is one of the benefits of having a show on HBO. You can just throw in as much nudity and violence as you damn well please, and this show certainly did.
To be fair though, the nudity and violence does sometimes hurt the episode if the director is someone who tends to let the story go by the wayside at times. Like, say, the director of this episode. I’ve always felt that Tobe Hooper was like a really good, solid basketball player who has one standout rookie season, and then is only good in fits and starts for the rest of his career.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre was the spectacular rookie season, but with the exception of Poltergeist (which Spielberg surely had tons of input into), Hooper as a director has been, at best, not entirely terrible (Salem’s Lot, Lifeforce, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, this episode), and at worst, quite terrible (pretty much everything else).