Crypt-ober: Uncle Harry’s Horrible House of Horrors (Tales from the Cryptkeeper)

Carnivals are one big scam. Everyone knows it. So why do they still go? Well, if you ask me, it’s because you can still have fun. The games are rigged, but you can still try your luck. The rides are shoddily put together, but at least they’re still thrills. The food is junk but at least it’s tastey. Yes, sir, carnivals can still be fun. But what happens when one guy refuses to have fun at the carnival? Let’s find out. This is Uncle Harry’s Horrible House of Horrors.

It’s Jeremy’s birthday and his aunt and uncle decide to take him to the circus. Uncle Harry, however, is a big ol’ grump. He complains about everything and never has any fun. Jeremy begs his uncle to go on one ride, the Horrible House of Horrors and the uncle reluctantly agrees. However, this is one ride Uncle Henry won’t soon forget.

You know, this episode has a lot of good ideas, but one thing really rubbed me the wrong way: the characters. Uncle Harry’s a jerk. He finds flaws in EVERYTHING which made him unlikable from the moment he starts opening his mouth. His constant complaining was really annoying only counterbalanced with Jeremy’s unflappably enthusiastic nature. Seriously, everything Jeremy says is full of awe and wonder. That also got annoying. So with one big jerk-ish grump and another annoying ball of enthusiasm the characters were just maddening to watch.

Still, I did like the story. I don’t know, I guess I have a soft spot for stories that basically tell you to stop being so grumpy and have some fun once in a while. The execution of the story was well done, too. I may not have liked the characters for the majority of the time, but once Uncle Harry learns his lesson, he’s alright (even if he’s a bit too manic now). All in all, the story was solid and well told.

CRYPTIE CAMEO: Not an outright cameo, but a few of the zombies in the graveyard portion of the ride kinda look like Cryptie if you squint hard enough.

In the end, this was a good episode. Great? No, unfortunately the annoying characters keep it from being great. But it was solid enough. I suppose a good moral can make up for a bad character any day. I guess I learned my lesson, too. Perhaps I should stop being a grumpy gus and start having some fun with these less than awesome episodes.


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