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Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 11: “Judy, You’re Not Yourself Today” – 6

Director – Randa Haines

Cast – Frances Bay, Carol Kane, Brian Kerwin, John Kassir

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

At this point in the series nearly every episode had been written or directed by a notable filmmaker who was provided an opportunity to have a little fun on Easy Street. “Judy, You’re Not Yourself Today” comes to us from a writer and director who had yet to achieve the notoriety of their predecessors, but the overall result was still a mostly enjoyable one. One of my lesser favorites of the series (at the time of its debut), this story starts off bland but ends in the horrific fashion you would expect from a Tales from the Crypt entry.

Judy is a stressed housewife who is at her wits end over her gun-toting husband Donald’s careless behavior. When an elderly woman soliciting cosmetics visits Judy, she falls for a beautiful amulet that brings her more grief than pleasure. Realizing that the saleswoman is actually a witch and the amulet swapped their bodies, the once more-youthful Judy is definitely not her self anymore.

Scott Nimerfro’s story begins like a typical sitcom about a married couple, with Donald doing crazy things and Judy trying to keep the peace. It does not take long before the old woman tricks Judy, and as you would expect she is quite horrified when she learns what has happened to her. The same goes for Donald when he arrives home and after much pleading from Judy about her true identity, finds that his wife looks like she aged 30 years in a mere 8 hours. The second act follows Donald as he tries desperately to get to the bottom of what happened and bring back his real wife, but that is when the horror really begins. There is the ever-lingering question of whether or not his wife is who she says she is or if she is really the witch in disguise, and the film’s somewhat shocking climax will give you the answer in a surprisingly heartbreaking fashion. I enjoyed this climax because of its high level of emotion, which I credit to positive screenwriting and good direction from Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God). As I mentioned earlier, the episode does begin with mediocrity, but in the end it delivers enough to make this a mostly-positive entry.

Overall, “Judy, You’re Not Yourself Today” is a decent episode that will hopefully not be a 26-minute waste of your time. There are definitely some better episodes in the series, and I suggest you give them a watch before you give this a shot.

Rating: 6/10

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