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Tales from the Crypt: SE 1 EP 6: “Collection Completed” – 6

Director – Mary Lambert

Cast – M. Emmet Walsh, Audra Lindley, Martin Garner, John Kassir

Release Year – 1989

Reviewed by John of the Dead

The first episode to be directed by a woman, “Collection Completed” comes from Pet Sematary / Pet Sematary II director Mary Lambert and a few non-horror writers. When Jonas is forced into mandatory retirement after spending the bulk of his life working for a hardware company, he is not sure what to do with his newfound freedom. He is able to sleep in late, which he does not do, and he is able to do yardwork, which he finishes in an hour, but one thing he cannot stand about retirement is seeing what life at home is really like. His sweet wife, Anita, spent so long not having her husband home during the day that she developed a special bond with all sorts of animal friends. Dogs, cats, squirrels, they are all friends of Anita, and they all reside in the home during the hours that Jonas would normally be away at work. Well Jonas is going to put a stop to the zoo that is now his home, but Anita won’t let her animals go without a figtht.

This was definitely the silliest tale in the first season of Tales from the Crypt, but it was not a bad way to close the season. The majority of the story plays off like a TV sitcom, with Jonas constantly bombarded by cute animals that he cannot stand. Life was supposed to be easier for him after retirement, but instead he has to share his home with a bunch of “mangy mutts” (that are neither mangy nor mutts) that his wife seems to prefer over him! The story ultimately boils down to Jonas having enough of the annoying animals and “taking care” of them while still keeping them around for his wife, which does not end well for the once happy couple.

The story was a silly one so naturally Mary Lambert’s direction came off the same way. She did well in her execution and received positive performances from her actors, which also include the animals used in the film. There was little horror for her to execute for the extreme majority of the flick, but when she did have to deliver the goods she did so in a positive way, but as with every other moderate Tales from the Crypt episode, it was too little too late for a positive review.

Overall, “Collection Completed” is an OK entry into the series that gives us a silly story that does not provide much horror except for its climax.

Rating: 6/10

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