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Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 9: “Four-Sided Triangle” – 7

Director – Tom Holland

Cast – Patricia Arquette, Chelcie Ross, Susan Blommaert, John Kassir

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

After watching the second season of this famed series in chronological order it had been a while since I had seen an episode that was not completely enjoyable and “Four-Sided Triangle” continues the streak. Patricia Arquette (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) stars as Mary Jo, a simple farm hand dependent on her overbearing oppressor and land owner, Louisa. When the mentally unstable and perverted George takes a liking to young Mary Jo, she falls for the only man who truly cares for her…the farm scarecrow.

This is another one of “those” episodes that does not really consist of much “horror” for the bulk of the film and does not get really good until the closing sequence. Most of the initial horror stems from Mary Jo’s treatment at the farm, which consists of the horrible Louisa and sexual aggressor George, both of whom know that Mary Jo has nowhere to run to even when she tries, and she does try. Eventually she falls for the farm’s scarecrow, and when her captors learn of this they only confirm their beliefs that the girl is not right in the head. The horror slightly kicks in here because we do see the scarecrow interact with her, and it is not until the film’s shocking conclusion that the truth is revealed, people die, and the horror reaches its potential…even if only for a short moment.

“Four-Sided Triangle” comes co-written and directed by Tom Holland, and while the direction was fair I really wanted more horror from his story. Nonetheless he expertly executed the horrible relationship between the sweet Mary Jo and her pathetic captors, and when the horror was present it definitely showed us Holland’s ability to give us good horror.

Overall, “Four-Sided Triangle” is another positive episode of Tales from the Crypt that sadly does not come with as much horror as I wanted but still manages to be a good thriller.

Rating: 7/10

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