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Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 1: “Dead Right” – 7

Director – Howard Deutch

Cast – Demi Moore, Jeffrey Tambor, Natalija Nogulich, Troy Evans, John Kassir

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Demi Moore (The Seventh Sign) stars as Cathy, a young woman still trying to find her place in the world and a rich husband to care for her. One day she visits a fortune teller during her lunch break and is told that despite losing her job and replacing it with a lesser one, she will meet a man who will soon inherit a lot of money, then die a violent death. She scoffs at the woman’s nonsense, but sure enough the fortune teller’s predictions begin to come true. Then she meets Charlie, a fat slob who is about to inherit a family fortune, which according to the woman’s prediction would leave Cathy a lot of money if she were to marry him before he dies, so Cathy does what she has to do to ensure future riches and marries Charlie. Of course, while the fortune teller was dead right all along, Cathy should have listened very closely to the woman’s words.

The episode was far from spectacular but came with a cool story that you know is not going to end well for Cathy. It was great to see her get sucked into the fortune teller’s predictions and eventually take the woman’s every word as truth, going so far as to marry Charlie in hopes of acquiring his riches after his death. Cathy is unsure of how or when Charlie is going to die, so there is a lot of uncertainty in her decision, but when it does finally pay off it also does not pay off at the same time thanks to clever writing. Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, The Replacements) returns to the series to direct this piece, and he did a swell job. He received good performances from Demi Moore as Cathy and Jeffrey Tambor (in a fat suit) as Charlie, and his execution of these characters is what sold the story. As you can imagine there is not much horror during the development of the story, but Deutch managed to keep my attention until the film’s horrific climax that every viewer should be expecting.

Overall, Dead Right is a positive story that does not offer much horror but in the end still makes for a horrific tale.

Rating: 7/10

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