Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tales From The Cryptkeeper S1 Ep.10: Fare Tonight (1993)

Tales From The Cryptkeeper
Season 1, Episode 10
Fare Tonight

The Cryptkeeper, dressed like Sherlock Holmes, tells us that today's tale, "Fare Tonight", is a whodunit and invites us to try to solve the mystery ourselves as it unfolds on our screen.

Vampire fanatics (and possible lesbians) Mildred and Camille embark on an investigation into the reports of a winged man who is "heavily toothed" lurking about town. Using a vampire guidebook as their bible, they head out with an armful of garlic and a sack full of stakes to turn the supposed bloodsucker into ash.

It's a fun little episode with a nice twist, kind of a Buffy for Kids, or a Fright Night Lite. There are a lot of pop culture references here, ranging from Bram Stoker, The Fearless Vampire Hunters, Blood and Donuts, E.T., The Shining, Wizard of Oz, and even...Buster Keaton!?

The episode starts off with the characters watching a vintage vampire flick, and the visuals are so dead-on that I wish they would have done an entire story in such a manner.



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