Tales from the Crypt: New Arrival Episode Review

“You know what they say: the morgue, the merrier!”


Tales From the Crypt is a horror-black comedy television series produced by HBO that ran for more than 7 years. It was based on the E.C. comics from the 1950s. Season 4 Episode 7 or New Arrival was said to be one of the best episodes of the whole series.

The episode tells about a psychiatrist, that wrote the once famous “The Art of Ignoring Your Child, who was about to lose his radio show to a rock DJ named Lothar. To prevent losing his job, he used his frequent caller Nora together with her disturbing daughter Felicity who often wears a mask as his publicity stunt to show that he can really help his patients. He personally visited them together with his boss Rona and his Producer Bonnie and this is when things get spooky. They found themselves in a house with electrified doorknobs, creepy ceiling fans, tight hallways and realized the horrifying secret of Nora and Felicity.


Nobody can deny that the storyline of the episode is outstanding. This is probably one of the reasons why it was voted as one of the best. It’s messed up and it’s not the typical horror film with the same plot. It was different and it got interesting each time. The episode was dark but at the same time was funny similar to the movie Beetlejuice. The cast were remarkable, especially Nora who was the mother of Felicity. Every scene were well-acted together with the impeccable camera work.


There were noticeable downsides of the episode, in my opinion. It was entertaining but it lacked in scare effect. It may be scary during their time considering it was aired during 90s wherein advanced technology was not yet present. This kind of film in the 21st century will not make it to the top. The sound effects were cringe worthy when it comes to the scary part. Some part were boring for me. It also didn’t end well than what I expected. I think that it was cut short and they should’ve added more to give us the idea whether the main character will live or will die.

Putting it altogether, the episode was unique from the previous horror films I’ve watched. Not being so hooked up in horror films, I find this insanely cool since I also love 90s films. There may be flaws in the episode but you know what Dr. Alan likes to say, “Ignore it, Ignore it, Ignore it”.