Tales from the Crypt - And all through the house...
PLOT - A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose.
LOWDOWN - Oh Tales From The Crypt, honestly in my eyes one of the most brilliantly made shows. Based off the the classic comics from the 1950's and 60's. For seven long seasons our pal the crypt keeper told us tales of the undead, zombies, ghouls, vampires, killer puppets, double crossing, murder, sex, werewolf's, and more! In the first season of Tales, director Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future) directed an episode called "And All Through The House..." based off one of the comics, and a segment from the 70's movie. This tale featured Robert's then wife Mary Elllen Trainor as the fed up wife who murders her asshole husband (Marshall Bell) on Christmas Eve for insurance money dunning a snow storm. Making it took like an accident, she quickly discovers that a crazed psycho has escaped a mental hospital and has stolen a Santa Clause suit, carrying and axe and murdering families that are home. Here the wife thinks up an almost brilliant plan, dump the body outside and make it took like Santa did it! Sadly for her, the killer is stalking around, looking for his next victim.
I have fond memories of always remembering this episode out of all the others growing up. Having caught reruns on HBO and Chiller in the past, it went down as one of my favorites. With an all star cast (love Larry Drake, who we best remember as Bubba from Dark Night Of The Scarecrow) this movie has a tounge in cheek sorta spin on it, and packs one hell of a punch for an ending. In fact this is the show's only holiday themed episode!
So if you're looking for a blood soaked episode that will put you in the holiday mood, check out And All Through The House!