Monday, January 16, 2012

Tales From The Cryptkeeper S1 Ep.06: Sleeping Beauty (1993)

Tales From The Crypt
Season 1, Episode 06
The Sleeping Beauty

The Cryptkeeper introduces today's show not as Tales From The Cryptkeeper but rather as Culture Crypt, like a demented parody of Masterpiece Theater. Which is suitable as the episode, The Sleeping Beauty, is a demented parody of a famous fairy tale.

Prince Charming (real name Chuck) and his fraternal twin Melvin embark on a Romantic Quest to awaken the sleeping beauty. Along the way they encounter all manner of fantastic frighteners including man-eating wolves, man-eating trees, supernatural swamps, and living suits of armor.

Charming is a not-so-charming representation of the heroic archetype, making modern-day references to dye-jobs and tanning sessions, while the put-upon Melvin is the real hero of the tale. He even gets to save the day in the end!

Strangely, this is the first episode (so far, at least) to take a fantasy world as its setting. As a child, this probably would have disappointed me as I would have wanted a more straightforward horror tale. But as an adult, I can appreciate it more, even if it isn't at all what one would expect from an entry in the franchise.

The whole smarmy fairy tale angle (which admittedly was done earlier and sometimes better in segments on Rocky and Bullwinkle) could easily be seen as a forerunner to the Shrek series of films. I have to say, it holds up pretty well.


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