And All Through the House – Tales from the Crypt Season 1; Episode 2

Posted: October 6, 2015 in Movie Review


Santa Clause as a killer. You have to admit, it’s an effective visual, although it’s been done before to varying degrees of effectiveness.  Larry Drake delivers one of the scariest looking of the bunch, making this entry another winner.  Mary Ellen Trainor does the majority of the heavy lifting when it comes to acting, and does it well.  A large portion of the success of Tales from the Crypt was due to the amazing talent that worked on each episode.

Speaking of talent, it blew my mind to see Robert Zemeckis directed this, until I took a closer look at his work.  Sure, he’s directed movies like Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and Cast Away, but he’s also directed What Lies Beneath and produced several horror movies from the Dark Castle production company.  He’s masterful here, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

This episode is a classic, and often one of the first recalled when the series is a topic of discussion.  Part of that is due to the iconic imagery of Santa as a killer, but the strength of the episode is also a major reason.  I often wonder what a similar approach would look like today, with our generation’s Masters of Horror working with A-list talent to produce an anthology.   The closest I’ve seen is the recent series American Horror Story, which has attracted some great talent, but I’d love to see something similar to Tales make a return.  Hell, bring back the Cryptkeeper!


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