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1972 movie

  • In the 1972 Tales from the Crypt movie, "Reflection of Death" ends with Maitland stuck in a sort of "Groundhog Day" Loop, and "Wish You Were Here" ends with Jason kept alive and in agony forever. How do they end up as part of the group in the framing story? And what's the point of the Crypt-Keeper sending them to Hell, when they already seemed to be consigned to a version of it within their own stories?
    • It is likely that Maitland was NOT stuck into this and that the second time he died for good like in the comic that the story was based upon. As for Jason it is a plot hole plain and simple, though it could be easily explained by his friend taking the statue and wishing for him to die and rest in peace. The statue wouldn't have to twist the wish at all to make him suffer, all things considered.
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    • I thought that his soul/spirit/essence/whatever had already passed on after death and that his wife's wish just made his soulless corpse spring to life.
    • Or maybe the Cryptkeeper isn't just tasked with telling people about Fire and Brimstone Hell, but any kind of Hell. Jason's terrible fate, included.
  • What exactly did the guy in the fourth story do to deserve hell? Joanne killed her husband, Carl Maitland abandoned his wife and kids, James Elliot drove an old man to suicide out of spite, and Major Rogers neglected his wards at the home for the blind, but all the fourth one did was die and get brought back to life because of his careless wife. I've heard there's implications of being an arms trafficker, but i've watched the whole movie through and not once did I get that. Even if he is, its odd that out of the five he's the only one to have no one screen reason for eternal damnation.
    • The entire moral of the original Monkey's Paw story is to not be greedy and be happy with what you have, or you'll pay for it. This takes that lesson to an extreme. Besides, the idea of an innocent person suffering horribly through no fault of their own is an EC Comics staple.


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