Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Sacrifice 

An insurance salesman murders an obnoxious tycoon to get his seductive wife and his fortune, but later is blackmailed by a rival.


Richard Greenberg


Steven Dodd (creator), Ross Thomas (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview:
Kim Delaney ... Gloria Fielding
Kevin Kilner ... James
Don Hood ... Sebastian Fielding
Michael Ironside ... Jerry
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Willie C. Carpenter ... Mallory
Deborah Packer Deborah Packer ... Voice of Parrot (voice)
Dana Craig Dana Craig ... Doorman


Hotshot insurance salesman James becomes involved with the beautiful and seductive Gloria Fleming, who's the wife of crude tycoon Sebastian Fleming. James and Gloria decide to bump Sebastian off for his considerable money. They succeed with killing Sebastian, but things go awry when the meddlesome Jerry enters the picture claiming he has photographic evidence of the murder. Written by Woodyanders

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Release Date:

15 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Lust, Greed, Blackmail, and Betrayal. And Kim Delaney as a clever girl!
13 May 2007 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This crypt episode "The Sacrifice" clearly ranks as one of the better because of the many themes and the scheming plot it has by fooling and surprising everyone at the end. Starting out as an insurance scheme with Kevin Kilner as an agent with a plan to overthrow an L.A. penthouse tycoon type with the real prize awaiting not only just the money but his attractive and elegant wife(Kim Delaney). The plan seems to work out, but wait a new character enters played by veteran Michael Ironside, and three is a crowd in money plans and relationships! So soon guilt is felt for one, as the plan is perfect for the new guy in town that's the Ironside character. This episode is also memorable for the sexy scenes provided by Kim Delaney and her performance was good to the very end her character was so clever to keep the plot concealed to the very end. Remember guys be careful it teaches the old moral lesson watch out for greedy women especially when it comes to love and money!

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