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Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 4: “Till Death” – 7

Director – Chris Walas

Cast – D.W. Moffett, Pamela Gien, Aubrey Morris, Janet Hubert, John Kassir

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Now THIS is a “Tales from the Crypt” episode that feels right in the vein of the episodes that scared the crap out of us when we were kids. Logan Andrews is an ambitious business man who may have just made a very poor investment in building a luxurious hotel deep in the swamplands of Louisiana. When the eccentric and very rich widow Margaret makes a vacation visit to his hotel, the desperate Logan sees an opportunity to use her money to get him out of this mess. He visits a local voodoo priestess who conjures up a love potion that will make her fall in love with him, but he makes a grave mistake in overdosing her with the potion, forging a pact that they will take to their graves…literally.

This is a truly simple story of “love”, greed, death, and undeath. The horror begins to surface when Logan makes the decision to acquire the love potion so that he can convince the “hard to get” Margaret to marry him and save him from financial ruin. The priestess tells Logan that one drop will make her his wife, and two drops will make her his for life. Well, Logan decides to dump almost the entire bottle into Margaret’s drink, and the overdose soon kills her. When the priestess told Logan that more than one drop would make Margaret his for life, she really meant it, as Margaret soon returns from the grave to be with her one true love. While she looks the same as she did when she was buried, she has brought with her a sinister tone, brutally killing those around Logan. To make matters worse, she is also slowly decaying and by the end of the episode he has a very scary corpse willing to do anything to make him happy. This story is heavy on the consequence of taking advantage of someone and it does so with a very fun and horrific tone.

The Fly II director Chris Walas directs this piece and he did a darn good job with it. The performances were solid and he made the most of the horror element by executed it very well. The atmosphere was great, although it does not really sell the film, but it set the tone for the horrific events that would eventually erupt onscreen. I loved the look of Margaret as she slowly decayed during the final half of the film, giving us live-action execution of a creepy lover none of us would want to scorn. It really is sad to see good horror experiences from Chris Walas limited to this episode and The Fly II, because this guy, an FX man by trade, can deliver good horror.

Overall, “Till Death” is an awesome episode that gives us an engaging story heavy in horrific consequences. The direction is solid and it delivers a good amount of horror in a short and very tight package.

Rating: 7/10

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