Monday, March 5, 2012

Tales From The Cryptkeeper S2 Ep.01: Game Over (1994)

Tales From The Cryptkeeper
Season 2, Episode 01
Game Over

Just as the Cryptkeeper is about to introduce today's story, he has an unexpected guest at the door: fellow horror host/ghoulunatic the Old Witch, who has come to liven things up and in general make Crypty's life a living hell, beginning (or rather continuing) a long-standing feud.

In Game Over, two video game fanatics (who frequently miss school because they're busy at the arcade) realize the dangers of their obsession when video game monsters come to life and attack them. Zombies, vampire bats, werewolves and more try to make lunch out of the gamers, and they have to defeat them one-by-one.

If this is supposed to be a morality tale of sorts about one's life revolving entirely around gaming, it seems likely that the message would be lost on its intended audience. One could easily argue that the boys survived only because of the countless hours of practice that they got while playing video games--kind of like The Last Starfighter.

A rather weak episode, uninspired and very repetitive. Even the ending seems to be a slight variation on the Gone Fishin' episode from Season 1. Not a great start to a second round of tales. The wraparound tale, with the Old Witch and (at the end) the Vault Keeper are much more interesting, like a horror-themed Warner Brothers cartoon.


1 comment:

  1. I used to love these when I was a kid. I wish they would bring this back.


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