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         Episode #1 - The Man Who Was Death
Screenplay by: Robert Reneau and Walter Hill
         Directed by: Walter Hill
         Original Airdate: 6/10/89

         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.

"Oh knock it off, Charlie. Quit bein' so damn chicken shit. You killed somebody, now you're gunna do the hot squat."
               - Niles Talbot

          The first Tales is one of my favorites of all time. It’s well acted, well written, and classically crafted around the crux of all horror stories—revenge. William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption, Demon Knight) is solid gold as Niles Talbot, a state sanctioned executioner who, when laid off, decides to take his job and undying love of electricity outside of the prison walls. Sadler’s narration of the episode—up until the end—keeps you entirely locked-in (no pun intended). The fact that Talbot addresses YOU keeps you present, with him, as he doles out his own breed of justice…and it’s a bit of guilty fun. He is—after all—a sweet-sounding “country boy.” This just makes his actions all the more shocking (sigh, ok, the puns are unavoidable).
                                        - The Tim Reaper




William Sadler
J.W. Smith
Roy Brocksmith
David Wohl
Gerrit Graham
Dani Minnick
Tony Abatemarco
Mimi Kennedy
John Kassir



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