"Shoot him, drown him, hang him, zap him with kajilion voltes - hey, it's a living! A man who receives a surgical graft of a cat's nine lives becomes a carnival sensation with his dying act."

-- DVD description for the episode

Plot Edit

A carnival daredevil (Joe Pantoliano) is buried alive for his grand finale. Through flashbacks, he tells the viewers on how he was formerly a homeless man who had undergone a doctor's experiment in order to transfer a cat's nine lives into him. He suddenly remembers that he forgot that he only has eight lives, because the cat had to die the first time.

Opening Segment Edit


"Good evening, fiend fans and welcome to my crawly crypt. This little drama is just about one of life's unexpected pleasures: dying, that is. Most of us only get to do it once and it's all over before you can really enjoy it. But one man did get to die again. And he liked it so much he started doing it for a living. This is the story of Ulric the Undying a sideshow performer who found death not only fun, but profitable. In fact, he's dying to put on a show for you right now."

Closing Segment Edit


"There, there. Nice kitty. Get! Hope you enjoyed our little bedtime story, kids. Alas, poor Ulric, missed a bet. Though Dying for Dollars could have been a popular game show. They could have put it in between Wheel of Misfortune and the Newly Dead game. Unless they buried it in the wrong time slot."

Trivia Edit

  • This episode is available on disc one of the Tales from the Crypt: The Complete First Season DVD collection.
  • The ringmaster tells Ulric that HBO has sent their check. Tales from the Crypt was produced and aired by HBO.
  • Director Richard Donner cameos as an audience member during Ulric's burial death and can be seen chanting "Ulric, Ulric, Ulric"! along with the crowd. His wife, Lauren Shuler Donner producer of the X-Men franchise, is sitting beside him.

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