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Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 16: “Television Terror” – 8

Director – Charlie Picerni

Cast – Morton Downey Jr., Dorothy Parke, Peter Van Norden, John Kassir, Warren Burton, Michael Harris, Ami Rothschild, Candace Savalas, Jeannie Epper

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

This time Tales from the Crypt takes on a popular element of American entertainment: live television. Morton Downey Jr. stars as Horton Rivers, a shock television host/journalist who will do anything to get his struggling show out of its low-ratings status and into the big leagues. He decides to given an on-air tour of an eerie old house with a “haunted” past, but what he assumes will be another lollygag for ratings soon turns into the most frightening night of his life…and on live television.

“Television Terror” is one of the most engaging episodes of the second season. Morton Downey Jr. is incredible as Horton Rivers, and he lays on the sleaze in heavy doses. We witness Morton’s behind the scenes action and how he does not give a damn about the authenticity of his investigations, just so as long as the ratings are high. Before long he enters the home, which is apparently the scene of a grisly series of murders committed by an old woman who went crazy – killing the elderly tenants of her boarding home. At first the story is tame, with Horton trying his best to creatively entertain his viewers, but before long he runs into the trouble he was “looking” for. A series of paranormal events leave him and his cameraman in a literal fight for their lives, and all for the viewing pleasure that made this his most famous episode. The direction from long-time TV director Charlie Picerni is fantastic, giving us incredible atmosphere, an awesome performance from Morton Downey Jr., and solid horror that left me very satisfied.

Overall, “Television Terror” is one of the best Tales from the Crypt episodes and one that I highly suggest you watch.

Rating: 8/10

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