Tales from the Crypt Episode 87: The Kidnapper

General Information

Director: James Spencer

Writers: John Harrison and Scott Nimerfro

Cast: Steve Coogan, Julia Sawalha, Tim Stern, Serena Gordon, John Kassir, Matthew Scurfield, and Gerry Crampton

Composer: Jay Ferguson

Air Date: 6/7/1996

 

Overview

Pawn shop owner Danny Skeggs (Steve Coogan) takes in Teresa (Julia Sawalha), a heavily pregnant woman, and falls in love with her. When Teresa gives birth, Tales from the Crypt The Kidnapperhowever, a jealous Danny prepares an evil scheme to get rid of the baby. Thereafter, Teresa experiences a mental breakdown, prompting Danny to kidnap the child of a random stranger.

Operating on a weak premise, “The Kidnapper” is marred by poorly written characters and a silly narrative conflict. Especially bizarre is the behavior of Danny Skeggs, who, without sufficient motive, transitions from a kind and sympathetic boyfriend to a depraved kidnapper.

 

Pros

None.

 

Cons

This season-seven entry interjects comic relief moments into a child-abduction-themed story, resulting in frequent tonal inconsistencies. All but the most Tales from the Crypt The Kidnapperdiehard Tales from the Crypt viewers may therefore wish to avoid “The Kidnapper,” which fails to explore its harrowing subject matter from a solemn and mature framework.

Forgoing the gory, scary, and extraordinary circumstances of a typical Tales from the Crypt episode, “The Kidnapper” will likely evoke criticism from the majority of series enthusiasts. (The final scene does, however, feature a bloody POV shot from the main character’s perspective.)

 

Analysis

Tales from the Crypt The KidnapperArguably the worst ending of any Tales from the Crypt episode, the climactic sequence should be noted for its horrifying lack of closure.

 

Concluding Comments

“The Kidnapper” earns its reputation as one of the poorest episodes of Tales from the Crypt. Specifically, this offering is plagued by unrealistic situations, over-the-top performances, and cringe-worthy character interactions.

 

Overall Quality: 1/10

 

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