Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Assassin 

A happy housewife is pitted against three CIA agents, who have come to kill her husband, a supposed rogue agent.


William M. Gaines (based on the comic book story by), Scott Nimerfro (screenplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Shelley Hack ... Janet McKay
Chelsea Field ... Simone 'Gwen' Bardou
Jonathan Banks ... William
Marshall R. Teague ... Jeremy McKay (as Marshall Teague)
Corey Feldman ... Todd
William Sadler ... The Grim Reaper
John Kassir ... The Crypt Keeper (voice)


A happy housewife is pitted against three CIA agents, who have come to kill her husband, a supposed rogue agent.

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Release Date:

7 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Sadler, who plays the Grim Reaper in this episode, also plays this exact version of the Grim Reaper in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991). The bookends and a majority of its jokes would later be reused for Bordello of Blood (1996) and feature another appearance from William Sadler, albeit as a mummy instead of the Grim Reaper. See more »


When Janet and Simone fight in the basement at the bottom of the stairs, a crew member's leg is clearly visible on the left side of the screen. See more »


Todd: [housewife tries seduction on her would-be killer] Mrs McKay, just, y'know, stop that. I've got a job to do, you've got a job to do. Your job is to die, my job is to kill you.
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References Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Household Assassin
9 July 2018 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This episode isn't a favorite of mine but it's a good one that I like. Not much I can say, I really like the premise which is common mistaken identity premise in all suspense thriller but what I like is in its deceptive execution which comes with an ending that kind of pulls the rug from under you. Even after seeing the ending, watching this episode a second time the whole thing is simple it just doesn't seem that way.

Did like the performances of all four actors, in a way the whole episode is almost like a stage play as there is just a small cast and one setting, or even a bottle episode from the fact they're in the house the whole time.

Corey Feldman and Johnathan Banks both are good at playing professional creeps. As well as Cheslia Field whom is the lead b.... I mean assassin. However, for me it was Shelly Hack whom really carried out the episode. She of course is no stranger to the spy/suspense thriller genre as she was a former angel in season 4 of "Charlie's Angels". I really like her performance as the housewife architype which is a little exaggerated but there's reason for it trust me. I really like how she reacts to the situation, it's felt like that how any ordinary person would react to an overwhelming situation.

Her character is sympathetic as she is just an innocent person that didn't ask or look for trouble but unfortunate like most protagonists in suspense thriller she's cursed with trouble finding her. We know she's in deep crap as she's an ordinary house wife whom has to deal with trained killers, so the odds are not in her favor.

However, as we see she manages to turn the tables in her favor. I won't say how but the way it's done is both suppressing and funny, I thought wow for a housewife she really can hold her own against danger. I won't say the ending that something to see yourself, but I'll say this, one of the most important rules in cloak and dagger is, sometimes the best cover is in plain sight.

Rating: 3 stars

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