1989 / Director. Robert Zemeckis.
Review by Justine Ryan.
Being Christmas Eve, it seems quite fitting to watch this favourite seasonal dead-time story of mine - episode 2, Season 1 of TALES FROM THE CRYPT!
After a short intro from our host - The Crypt Keeper (voiced by John Kassir), this fun and creepy tale begins on a very snowy Christmas Eve. Our lead, Elizabeth (Mary Ellen Trainor - LETHAL WEAPON and GOONIES) has just put a poker through her husbands head (played by Marshall Bell - A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE), murdering him. While Elizabeth is trying to dispose of the body by dragging him outside to throw his body down a well, she misses the local news report to stay indoors because a patient (Larry Drake - DARKMAN) at the Pleasantville Institute for the Criminally Insane has escaped earlier that evening, killing 4 women and is now wearing a Santa Claus suit and on the loose.
Soon enough, the axe-wielding psycho Santa makes an appearance and a tense, cat and mouse chase begins all through the house, offering no escape claus for this little lady!
And ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE, I must say, is my favourite episode from this well loved series featuring a most gruesome script by Fred Dekker (NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, MONSTER SQUAD, ROBOCOP 3) and stunning Cinematography by Dean Cundey (HALLOWEEN).