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Rate "The Man Who Was Death"
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Episode 1 - The Man Who Was Death

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ORIGINAL AIR DATE: June 10, 1989
STARRING CAST: William Sadler
DIRECTOR: Walter Hill

A shocking experience! When the death penalty is abolished, a penitentiary executioner turns freelance electrocutioner. But fate may pull a switch on this man who loves to throw the switch.



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A solid '8' to kick off the comic adaptation. William Sadler is great in this role as an executioner who loses his job once the death penalty is abolished. So he goes off on his own kick - Dexter Morgan would be proud. Typical 'just deserts' ala Tales From The Crypt, but without much gore. Good start to the series.

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9 for me. Of all the episodes.....I have them grouped in two sections...episodes I viewed as a child and episodes I have seen now since the DVDs came out. I hadn't seen this one when it first came out but upon viewing it two years ago...I have to say I am impressed with the first episode of Tales from the Crypt. William Sadler is an amazing actor and deserves more credit for some of the work he has done. That or he needs to get some kind of big break..he needs his own break out role. The story kept me hooked the whole time and I was very impressed. Little gore or horror themes...just a cool little story in the TFTC fashion....The ending was .....cough cough "Shocking!"


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I never saw TFTC on HBO, so my "childhood experience" was syndication on FOX late Saturday nights. This was definitely one I had seen at that time, and I liked it, but I think I enjoy it more now because it's not laden with horror gore - the horror is in the story and characters. I agree SVB, William Sadler is one of those underrated character actors.

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Gotta love, William Sadler! A True franchise player for the series. He did both movies and 2 episodes. Besides "Roswell" where he played the Sheriff, look for him in both Shawshank & the Green Mile. I believe he is The Mist too.

Anyway - great season/franchise kicker. As Lazy stated, Dexter would be proud.

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I never saw TFTC on HBO, so my "childhood experience" was syndication on FOX late Saturday nights. This was definitely one I had seen at that time, and I liked it, but I think I enjoy it more now because it's not laden with horror gore - the horror is in the story and characters. I agree SVB, William Sadler is one of those underrated character actors.


I caught many an episode from FOX...had a good time watching them too........but yes.....these episodes are great when you get everything uncut HBO style.


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William Sadler....the f@%king man!


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"Hes wondering if he's going to crap all over himself when they juice em'......he will."

something along those lines but still the greatest lines ever!

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SalvadoreVanBuren wrote:
"Hes wondering if he's going to crap all over himself when they juice em'......he will."

something along those lines but still the greatest lines ever!

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Although the story is good and funny, I really couldn't stand the device of having Sadler speaking directly to the audience, maybe that's because it's how it was done in the comic, I don't know not having read it but a voice narration on it's own would have worked better. 6/10


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Although the story is good and funny, I really couldn't stand the device of having Sadler speaking directly to the audience, maybe that's because it's how it was done in the comic, I don't know not having read it but a voice narration on it's own would have worked better. 6/10


I have a tendency to enjoy when an actor breaks the 4th wall - when it's done right. William Sadler does a great direct monologue. It ads a wonderful one on one experience to the story like the 2 of you are having a discussion. Now, I hear what Rorschach is saying about the internal monologue narrative. It could have played just fine. However, it may not have played as well. Would an interesting comparison to watch.


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I kicked off this year's "month of horror" unlike any I have before - with TFTC! I actually haven't watched any TFTC during past Octobers which seems silly. Starting at the beginning (though I won't necessarily watch in order because there are other things I plan on watching this month) and still love the series pilot. Sadler is great, and like Dr. Moreau, I enjoy Sadler breaking the 4th wall here.


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