Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The New Arrival 

An abnormally difficult child tests a psychologist.


Peter Medak


Steven Dodd (creator), Ron Finley (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview:
David Warner ... Dr. Alan Goetz
Joan Severance ... Rona
Zelda Rubinstein ... Nora
Twiggy ... Bonnie (as Twiggy Lawson)
Robert Patrick ... Lothar
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)


Pompous radio psychologist Dr. Alan Getz is told that he is in danger of losing his show due to poor ratings. In a bid to remedy the problem he decides to visit the home of regular caller, Nora. A woman who has continual trouble with her badly behaved daughter Felicity. A move which he believes will be a great publicity stunt. Accompanied by his long suffering producer Bonni and his bitchy boss Rona. Getz arrives at Rona's dilapidated, old house waiting to meet the badly behaved Felicity. Little knowing what horror lies in store for his associates and himself. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Release Date:

25 July 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Nora is telling Dr Goetz about the previous psychologists who have tried to help her and her daughter, the second name she mentions is "Dr Kassir". John Kassir is the distinctive voice - and maniacal laugh - of the Crypt Keeper in this series. See more »


References Bambi (1942) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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A Crypt episode not to be...ignored!
17 April 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"The New Arrival" definitely is one of the uncanniest and most macabre episodes off all the seven "Tales from the Crypt" seasons, and this despite the almost complete lack of gore and raw action. This tale simply features an ultra-grim premise, the exact right casting choices and quite a lot of spooky scenery. Murderous children are scary! More than enough movies proved that already and it's even more scary if the kids are psychiatric cases that wear eerie white masks! Dr. Alan Getz once was a successful children's psychologist but now he's a radio talk show host who gives the same advise to every desperate mother who asks for his help: just ignore your child's rebellious behavior. When his producers threaten to take him off the air, Dr. Getz uses his most frequent caller to boost up his popularity and promises to personally come and cure her daughter Felicity. He gets a lot more than he bargained for when both mother & daughter turn out to be totally insane and living in their own secure world. David Warner is terrific as the obnoxious doctor and, even though I couldn't stand her shrill voice in "Poltergeist", Zelda Rubinstein is ideally cast as the freaky mother. Peter Medak once directed the classic 'haunted house'-chiller "The Changeling", so he perfectly knows how to create an ominous and claustrophobic atmosphere. This is exactly what I expect from a decent "Tales from the Crypt"-episode: a fair amount of frights, morbidity and black humor. Recommended!

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