Tales from the Crypt/The Man Who Was Death
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The Man Who Was Death is the first episode of the first season of Tales from the Crypt, and the first episode overall.
Guest Stars: Bill Sadler (Niles Talbot), J.W. Smith (Charley Ledbetter), Roy Brocksmith (Vic), David Wohl (Warden Havers), Gerrit Graham (Theodore Carne), Dani Minnick (Cynthia Baldwin), Tony Abatemarco (Detective), Mimi Kennedy (Distraught Woman), Robert Winley (Jimmy Flood), Eve Brent (Judge #1), Edgar Small (Judge #2), Mark Lowenthal (District Attorney), F.J. O'Neil (Priest), Raymond O'Conner (Jury Foreman), M. Jennifer Evans (Newscaster #1), Patti Yasutake (Newscaster #2), 'Al' M. Allen (Attorney), Kate Benton (Waitress), Julie Ann Lucas (Second Waitress), Ed DeFusco (New Executioner), Laura Albert (Go-Go Dancer)
Niles Talbot is the States Executioner,and is executing the latest death row inmate.This execution will be his last official execution.The State has decided that putting people to death is too cruel a punishment.Now Talbot is out of a job.Niles Talbot had originally hired as an electrician for the States Prison,then as the States executioner when he told them that he would'nt be squeamish about putting inmates to death.Now he is out of a job.However,he is a staunch supporter of capital punishment,so he has decided to become a vigilante.He listens to the News about criminals who have either been let go on technicallities for their crimes,or had gotten aquitted.He would then find out where these guilty ones leave,or their workplace is,and using his skill as an electricial would electracute them.After electifying three people with his skill,he seeks out a fourth guilty person.This person(a skripper who works in a nightclub)he finds doing her act.His attempt to electify her is holted when the electric power is is shut off...by the Police.The Police had put it together whom they thought was murdering these people,so they staked out the Nightclub,and awaited for Talbot in order to catch him in the act.They did.Talbot is arrested,and after short trial he is found guilty,and sentenced...to death.The State has decided to reissue the death penalty.Niles Talbot will be their first receipiant.
Throughout this episode,Niles Talbot narrates his feelings about various things:the death penalty,the people on the streets,his desire to see justice done,and why he became a vigilante.He stares into the camera during these narratives.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
The Motorcycle Rider's electrocution when he touches the fence post.The killing of the man,and woman in their jacuzzi,the looks on their faces.Priceless.
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