|"The Reluctant Vampire"|
Season 3, Episode 7
|Airdate||July 10th, 1991|
|Producer||Gilbert Adler; Richard Donner; David Giler; Walter Hill; Connie Johnson; Barry Josephson; Marcus Keys; Jennie Lew Tugend; Joel Silver; Robert Zemeckis|
|Next||"Easel Kill Ya"|
"The Reluctant Vampire" is the seventh episode of season three of the horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt and the thirty-first episode of the series overall. It was directed by Elliot Silverstein and written by Terry Black. It first aired on HBO on July 10th, 1991. The episode stars Malcolm McDowell, Sandra Dickinson, George Wendt, Michael Berryman and Paul Gleason.
Principal Cast Edit
|John Kassir||The Crypt Keeper|
|Malcolm McDowell||Donald Longtooth|
|Sandra Seareles Dickinson||Sally|
|George Wendt||Mister Crosswhite|
|Michael Berryman||Rupert Van Helsing|
|Paul Gleason||Detective Robinson|
Guest Stars Edit
|Gloria Dawson||Old lady|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- This episode is included on disc two of the Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Third Season DVD collection.
- This episode is adapted from the second story in Vault of Horror #20 entitled "The Reluctant Vampire!". The story was written by Al Feldstein and illustrated by Jack Davis. In the story, the vampire's name is Mister Drink.
- This is the first episode of Tales from the Crypt directed by Elliot Silverstein. His next episode is "Curiosity Killed".
- This is the third and final episode of Tales from the Crypt written by Terry Black. He previously wrote "Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone" and "Korman's Kalamity". He also writes three episodes of the Tales from the Cryptkeeper animated series.
- Actor Rick Avery is uncredited for his participation in this episode.
- Malcolm McDowell's character's name is taken from Donald Longtooth, who is a screenplay writer on two episodes of Tales from the Crypt. He wrote "None But the Lonely Heart" and "Beauty Rest".
- The book that the Crypt Keeper is reading is called "Vampirism Made Easy".
- Mister Crosswhite refers to Donald Longtooth as "Lugosi". This is a reference to Hungarian film actor Bela Lugosi, who is best known for portraying the role of Dracual in the 1931 Tod Browning film Dracula.
- The surname Van Helsing is taken from the character of Abraham Van Helsing, as first envisioned by Irish author Bram Stoker in his 1891 novel Dracula.
- Crypt Keeper: "I want to suck..." Oh, hello kiddies. You caught me in the middle of my homework. Your old pal the Crypt Keeper's a real believer in continuing dead-ucation. Which brings us to tonight's murderous morsel. It's a juicy little tale about a real blood sucker who never learned to go for the jugular. I call this plasma play "The Reluctant Vampire".
- Crypt Keeper: Gotta get back to work. Exams, you know. I hear the final's a real pain in the neck. Not that I'm worried or anything. So far, all my marks have been perfect.
See also Edit
External Links Edit
|Tales from the Crypt.|
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