THE CRYPT: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON
Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Seventh Season
Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen,
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 3
Run Time: 337 minutes
This box set collects the 13 episodes that make up the
seventh – and final – season of this deliberately campy HBO horror
anthology series broadcast in 1996.
The stories are taken from old 1950s era E.C. Comics
titles such as Tales from the Crypt, Haunt of Fear and Vault of Horror.
The over-the-top gore and sex are quite modern though (and very HBO!), but
without it one can still see why these particular comics inspired such a
moral backlash back then. However, as we’ve stated elsewhere on this Web
site, the Tales from the Crypt universe is a rather moral one, one
in which people are usually punished for their transgressions no matter
how minor they might be.
In one episode a crime mystery writer comes to a sticky
end for being impatient with her dotty housekeeper. Her murderous husband
also gets his just desserts. In another episode a cocky Daniel Craig is
punished for his hubris when he becomes involved in the advertising
industry (if only that weren’t always the case!). In one episode a WWII
German POW suffers the same ignominious fate as his fellow POWs he has
ratted out to their captors. And so on.
Unfortunately by this time all the good comics have
already been adapted to the small screen and the batch that made it to
this final season aren’t that good. Too intent on having their
prerequisite amount of twists, the plotting discards all plot and
character logic and lapses into self-parody: these episodes are what
writers who have used up all their good ideas think Tales of the Crypt
episodes should be like. Watching them is like watching some fevered dream
as real life logic and rules no longer seem to apply to onscreen events
and nothing makes any sense.
Completists would want to check out Season 7, but
horror newbies are probably better off checking out the earlier season box
sets. Come to think of it, if you hate bad puns then you’d also be
advised to steer clear of Tales of the Crypt.