Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Curiosity Killed 

A bitter elderly woman learns that her husband and a lay back couple are hiding a youth potion from her while camping in the wilderness.


Elliot Silverstein


Steven Dodd (creator), Stanley Ralph Ross (screenplay)


Episode credited cast:
Margot Kidder ... Cynthia
Kevin McCarthy ... Jack
J.A. Preston ... Harry
Madge Sinclair ... Lucille
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Marshall R. Teague ... Frank (as Marshall Teague)
Constance Wiggins Constance Wiggins ... Selma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cynthia Windham Cynthia Windham ... Kat




Two radically contrasting elderly couples -- the bitter and bickering Jack and Cynthia and the more content and laid-back Harry and Lucille -- spend a weekend together in the woods. Lucille and Harry produce a magical voodoo potion that restores one's youth and beauty, but the shrewish Cynthia puts a damper on everyone's plans to become young again. Written by Woodyanders

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Cynthia: How does it feel?
[Jack, Harry and Lucille, after drinking the youth potion, buckle over in pain]
Cynthia: I thought I'd... improve the recipe. I, I put a little vodka in it.
Lucille: No, no! You shouldn't do that!
Cynthia: Oh, but I did! But only after saving some of the pure stuff for myself.
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Nagging old folks in the Woods
16 March 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This tale opens very promising and macabre but the action never really kicks in and it ends up being one of worst episodes of the entire fourth season. Two elderly couples head for the forest in their camper and all they ever do is bicker and blame each other for their wasted lives. The eventual goal of the camping trip is to restore their youth and beauty, as one of them knows a ghoulish formula to rejuvenate. This premise certainly isn't new but it still could have been fun if only the screenplay wasn't so dull and overly talkative. There only is a minuscule amount of gore and excitement to enjoy during the final 3 minutes and the rest of the episode is just people talking. Margot Kidder ("Sisters", "Black Christmas") seems to amuse herself as the old and young version of Cynthia, but the humor doesn't work and her characters as well as the others can't suffer enough for all you care. Director Elliot Silverstein made several good other "Tales from the Crypt"-episodes, among which a vampire spoof starring Malcolm McDowell, and even the really good long feature horror film "The Car". This is certainly a disappointment.

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16 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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