|Air date||July 31st, 1991|
|Producers||Gilbert Adler; Richard Donner; David Giler; Walter Hill; Michael Hirsh; Barry Josephson; Jennie Lew Tugend; Joel Silver; Robert Zemeckis|
|Starring||Steven Weber; Rita Wilson; Ally Walker; Vincent Schiavelli; Nick Angotti; Frank Kopyc|
"Mournin' Mess" is the tenth episode of season three of of the horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt and the thirty-fourth episode of the series overall. It was written and directed by Manny Coto. It first aired on HBO on Saturday, July 31st, 1991. The episode stars Steven Weber as Dale Sweeney, Rita Wilson as Jess Gilchrist, Ally Walker as Elaine Tillman, and Vincent Schiavelli as Robert.
Cast[edit | edit source]
Starring[edit | edit source]
|Steven Weber||Dale Sweeney|
|Rita Wilson||Jess Gilchrist|
|Ally Walker||Elaine Tillman|
Guest Starring[edit | edit source]
Also Starring[edit | edit source]
|John Kassir||The Crypt Keeper|
Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Tales from the Crypt was created by Steven Dodd. It is based on the original Tales from the Crypt comic magazine, which was published by EC Comics from 1950-1955. Most episodes of the series are adaptations of stories published in that title, as well as related books such as Haunt of Fear and Vault of Horror. The Tales from the Crypt television series, hosted by the Crypt Keeper, aired on HBO for seven seasons from 1989 to 1996.
- "Mourning Mess", "Mournin' Mess", "Tales from the Crypt: Mourning Mess" and "TFTC: Mournin' Mess" all redirect to this page.
- This episode is included on the Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Third Season DVD collection. It is also included on the Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Seasons 3-4 collection.
- This is the only episode of Tales from the Crypt directed by Manny Coto. It is also his only work on the series as a writer. Coto also wrote the "Forbidden Fruit" episode of American Horror Story in 2018.
Allusions[edit | edit source]
- This issue adapts the "Mournin' Mess" story, which was the fourth vignette featured in Tales from the Crypt #38, which was published with an October-November, 1953 cover date. The tale was hosted by the Old Witch and was written by Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein with artwork by Graham Ingels.
- The Crypt Keeper's line about cannibal soup being "Mmm-mm, good" is a pun on the advertising used on commercials for Campbell's Soup.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- The Crypt Keeper: Ah, there you are! You're just in time! I'm trying a few new recipes from my new Betty Croaker's cookbook. I hope you like shish-ka-bob... damn! It isn't ready yet! Bob's still moving! Tonight's foul feast will begin with mashed potatoes, then onto some shrieking duck and finished with a nice kill-basa. I call this tasty tidbit, Mournin' Mess.
- The Crypt Keeper: Mmmm... pretty tasteless, wouldn't you say? I guess in the end Mr. Sweeney learned not to go digging in other people's business. Although you'll be happy to hear that he's found himself a new career... as a ghostwriter!
- The Crypt Keeper: So, still hungry for dessert? I hope you like cannibal soup... it's mmm-mmm good!
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