Friday, September 19, 2014

Case Study No. 1587: The Cryptkeeper (Wannabe Librarian)

Tales from the Cryptkeeper - All Booked Up
A boy who hates to read gets trapped in a library where he goes inside the dark world of classic literature.
Tags: Up (2009 Film) All (band) All (Descendents Album) Up (Peter Gabriel Album) You Need Short New Brand You (Lloyd Song) Short Film Brand New Musical Ensemble Tales Exclusive Release New Album All You Them
Added: 2 years ago
From: TBEntertain
Views: 23,785

[Greg is skateboarding through the school parking lot, when he runs into his friend Jay setting up for the annual book fair]
GREG: What're you doing, Jay?
JAY: Setting up for the book fair, waddaya think?
GREG: What do I think? I think this is a big waste of time, and I think reading is an even bigger waste of time ...
JAY: Greg!
GREG: Yeah, I know. You like it. Books are fine for you, but not for me. I'd rather rent the movie.
JAY: You can't compare a movie to a really exciting book! Books have so much more to offer!
GREG: Save it for the book club! Reading is a snore. It just doesn't interest me ... and y'know what? It never will!
[he skates off, as the Cryptkeeper (dressed in a suit with glasses) appears in the background and speaks directly to the camera]
CRYPTKEEPER: I'm not so sure about that, Greg! Everybody enjoys curling up with a frightfully good book now and then, and yours ghouly has just the book for Greg! One that I'm dead certain he'll find totally ... captivating!
[he laughs menacingly]


[Greg reluctantly enters the (seemingly empty) school library in order to find something for his upcoming book report, when the door slams shut and locks behind him]
GREG: Aww ...
[he turns and comes face to face with the Cryptkeeper, causing him to scream and fall backwards]
CRYPTKEEPER: Is anything wrong?
GREG: No, it's just that ... the library, it looks different.
[camera pans around to show cobwebs and rats running around the stacks]
GREG: Although, it's been ages since I've been in here.
[the Cryptkeeper grabs him by the arm]
CRYPTKEEPER: We've done some remodeling since your last visit.
GREG: Oh ... nice. Anyway, I'm Greg Davis, I'm in Misses Bell's literature class, and I need a book from this list.
CRYPTKEEPER: I know who you are, and what you need. You'll find it over there ...
[he points to a table]
GREG: But how did you--
CRYPTKEEPER: I have the list, too. The books are on the table. Take your pick.
[he walks over to the table, then sighs and starts talking to himself]
GREG: [whispers] Okay Greg, you may as well face facts. You're gonna have to read one of these duds. So which one will it be?
[he picks up on of the books and reads from the cover]
GREG: "Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley."
[he carelessly throws the book on the ground, then picks up another book]
GREG: "The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexander Dumas."
[he does the same thing, then picks up the final book]
GREG: Or "Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain?" Oh, I'm getting bored just thinking about it! It'll take me all week to wade through one of these!
[the Cryptkeeper suddenly appears behind him, pushing a bookcart]
CRYPTKEEPER: I take it that none of those books have piqued your interest?
GREG: Oh. Um, sorry about that. It's just, I'm not a big fan of reading, that's all. I like excitement!
CRYPTKEEPER: I see. Well, there is one book in my collection that may ... excite you.
[he picks a book up off the truck and puts it on the table (kicking up a cloud of dust that causes Greg to start coughing)]
GREG: Are you kidding? This thing is thicker than a phonebook! And probably twice as boring, I'll never get into this!
CRYPTKEEPER: Oh, I seriously doubt it! This is one book that will really ... grab you and not let go!
GREG: Well, I dunno. Maybe I'll--
[he looks up, but the Cryptkeeper has vanished ... he turns to look for him, when a green glow appears behind him]
GREG: Whoa! What was that?
[he looks at the glowing book, then opens it]
GREG: Hey, what is this? What's happening?
[the book suddenly starts pulling objects into itself, including Greg]
GREG: Hey, help! This thing, this book has got me! It's pulling me inside!
[the Cryptkeeper suddenly appears, calmly shelving books]
CRYPTKEEPER: Oh yes, great literature has a way of doing that ... Enjoy!


[Greg finds himself in the laboratory of Victor Frankenstein, dressed in turn-of-the-century garb]
GREG: I'd say this was a dream, but I usually sleep during Misses Bell's class, not after ... This place is too weird, I'm outta here!
[a body, covered with a sheet, suddenly stands and grabs Greg by the arm ... as Greg struggles to get loose, the figure pulls off the sheet (revealing himself to be the Cryptkeeper)]
CRYPTKEEPER: Sorry, did I frighten you? I was just resting ... in pieces!
[he laughs]
GREG: Hey, I know you! You're that weird librarian from before ...
CRYPTKEEPER: And you, my friend, are Victor Frankenstein ... for the time being.
GREG: I am? You mean, I'm the guy who goes on to create Frankenstein? I'm like, the dad of Frankenstein?
CRYPTKEEPER: Now there's an angle nobody thought of! And you don't go on to create him ... you already have!
[he laughs again, as Greg turns to see another body covered with a sheet, then jumps when he hears a door slam behind him]
GREG: Wait! What's that supposed to mean? Come back! How do I get outta this? What's gonna happen to me?!


[after experiencing life as "The Man in the Iron Mask" and "Tom Sawyer", Greg finds himself back in the library (where the Cryptkeeper is once again in his librarian disguise)]
CRYPTKEEPER: How did you enjoy the book? Pretty ... riveting, wouldn't you say?
GREG: I'll say, that was great!
CRYPTKEEPER: You weren't scared?
GREG: Of course I was scared! And happy, and sad, all at the same time! It was like a roller coaster!
[he picks the book up off the table]
GREG: I can't wait to find out what happens to them all!
[the Cryptkeeper grabs the book from him]
CRYPTKEEPER: Sorry! That one is all booked up ...
[he points to the books that Greg had carelessly thrown on the floor]
CRYPTKEEPER: Why don't you check those out?
GREG: Yeah, those are the stories! I'll take 'em all!
[he picks up all three books and runs out of the library, as the Cryptkeeper yells after him]
CRYPTKEEPER: Happy reading!



"New Tales From the Cryptkeeper" (Season 3, Episode 9) - "All Booked Up"

The Cryptkeeper poses as a school librarian, in order to convince book-hating student Greg Davis about the wonders of reading ... even if he has to live through every classic work of literature in order to do so!

No comments:

Post a Comment