Tales from the Crypt Episode 75: In the Groove

General Information

Director: Vincent Spano

Writers: Jack Temchin and Colman deKay

Cast: Miguel Ferrer, Linda Doucett, Wendie Malick, John Kassir, Slash, and Rusty Schwimmer

Composer: Greg De Belles

Air Date: 12/21/1994

 

Overview

Demoted to the graveyard shift by his sister/manager Rita (Wendie Malick), Gary (Miguel Ferrer)—a sleazy, hot-tempered shock jock—experiences a majorTales from the Crypt In the Groove boost in ratings when assigned a new partner named Valerie (Linda Doucett). No longer willing to tolerate the domineering behavior of his older sibling, Gary—assisted by Valerie—devises a plan to murder Rita in the middle of the night.

It should be mentioned that “In the Groove” features an amusing cameo from Slash, lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses. Series enthusiasts may nevertheless choose to avoid this episode, which operates on a clichéd narrative premise.

 

Pros

Tales from the Crypt In the GrooveKnown for playing villainous and intimidating roles throughout his career, Miguel Ferrer (whom Tales from the Crypt viewers will recognize from season two’s “The Thing from the Grave”) should be commended for his portrayal of Gary, whose frequent shouting fits and temper tantrums add an air of menace to his character—an otherwise whiny, unlikable person.

 

Cons

For its near absence of traditional horror elements, “In the Groove” will likely fail to captivate the majority of Tales from the Crypt fans. (This episodeTales from the Crypt In the Groove does, however, contain a bloody murder sequence that, despite occurring only within Gary’s imagination, may appeal to slasher movie buffs.)

“In the Groove” should also be noted for its twist ending, which, in addition to forgoing the justice of a typical Tales from the Crypt offering, deserves criticism for its predictable and underwhelming execution.

 

Analysis

Tales from the Crypt In the GrooveThough quite unsatisfying overall, “In the Groove” provides a laudable message on the dangers of allowing anger—an occasionally useful and healthy emotion—to control every aspect of one’s life.

 

Concluding Comments

“In the Groove” is a mediocre episode of Tales from the Crypt. Especially unremarkable are the characters of Gary and Valerie, both of whom lack the sympathetic (or even remotely nuanced) attributes that one would tend to associate with a strong villain protagonist.

 

Overall Quality: 4/10

 

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