Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Television Terror 

A TV shock journalist gives an on-air tour of an eerie haunted house.


Charlie Picerni (as Charles Picerni)


Steven Dodd (creator), Randall Jahnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Morton Downey Jr. ... Horton Rivers
Dorothy Parke Dorothy Parke ... Sam
Peter Van Norden ... Booth
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Warren Burton Warren Burton ... Roland
Michael Harris ... Trip (as M.K. Harris)
Ami Rothschild Ami Rothschild ... Lisa
Candace Savalas Candace Savalas ... A.D.
Jeannie Epper ... Ada Ritter
Victor Paul Victor Paul ... Rudy Deluca
Wally Rose Wally Rose ... Man in Tub
Steve Picerni Steve Picerni ... Man on Staircase
Ted Grossman Ted Grossman ... Weird Old Man with Camera


A TV shock journalist gives an on-air tour of an eerie haunted house.

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Terrior Vision
4 November 2016 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This is another of my favorite stories from the series. This episode in a way is a bit prolific on the reality TV subculture we have now. It's the typical haunted house premise but what makes it unique is how it satirizes on the issue of media manipulation, blurring the line between reality and non reality, how ridiculous and futile the pursuit for everlasting fame really is, and how fleeting a thing fame truly is.

Morton Downey Jr. is great in his role as Horton and of course it's fitting irony since he was a popular talk show host for his time. But his character is one you just plain dislike and that's the point as he is practically just the walking definition of Narcism with a capital N. He's a dancing monkey just doing anything for attention and ratings and has no empathy for the people he hurt or lies to.

I really like the interior of the house and the use of darkness which just gives me creepy vibes all the way. I even like some of the cinematography, how it sometimes switches from the viewpoint of the camera back to the regular viewpoint, it sort of predates the found footage films.

You just have this feeling of dread and doom throughout beginning to end. Those flashback on the murders really reinforced the feeling that you already knew Horton was walking into a death trap. There is one cinematography shot I really liked when we see Horton go into the basement and is next to some sort of hole in the wall, just as he is leaving you see the shot of the viewpoint of that hole; it just gave me a chill knowing that someone is watching them.

And then of course things get ratcheted up and of course are fears come true and lets just say Horton becomes immortalized.

Rating: 4 stars

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17 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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