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Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 15: “Mute Witness to Murder” – 6

Director – Jim Simpson

Cast – Richard Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Reed Birney, Kristine Nielsen, Rose Weaver, John Kassir, Diane Peterson

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

This episode gives us a scenario that would truly be horrific to those in the position of Suzy, who while staring outside of her high-rise window witnesses a man brutally murder his wife in the adjacent building. The shock has left her speechless, and her husband Paul quickly calls on Dr. Task to save her. Little does he know, it was Dr. Task who committed the murder, and the doctor will do whatever it takes to make sure Suzy stays quiet.

This story from Nancy Doyne is an enjoyable one on the surface, but one that I felt lacked punch. I enjoyed the idea of Suzy being turned mute and not being able to tell her husband that the man he has entrusted with her care is also the man responsible for her situation, as well as a murder. We watch as Dr. Task keeps Paul in the dark while tormenting Suzy and delaying her progress, and aside from a few kills later on that is about all the story has to offer. To me it was pretty tame and felt like a shortened version of a crappy Lifetime Movie.

Overall, “Mute Witness to Murder” isn’t a bad episode, but it isn’t a very good one either. It is pretty tame and would maybe please those who are not devout fans of the series, but if I were you I would pass on this.

Rating: 6/10

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