Even in such quickly shot crime dramas as 1991’s A Time to Die and 1992’s Intent to Kill, Lords provided subtle shades of realism. Her conversations with other characters in these projects are laced with natural fidgeting and dreamy asides. These are mannerisms that are part of many a day-to-day chat fest, but they are almost never truly captured on film.
As Emma Conway in Two for the Show, a season 5 episode of HBO’s Tales from the Crypt, Lords supplies deep intent, as well. Determined to leave her business obsessed husband, Lords projects an honest nature. You truly believe she was once in love with David Paymer’s snarky company shark and understand how she has fallen, desperately, into someone else’s arms.
The fact that Emma wants nothing from her husband but freedom, of course, does not earn her an acquittal from the bloody antics, though. This is a Tales of the Crypt episode, after all! Strangled and hacked to death, Emma disappears as the plot begins to resemble a truly twisted variation on Strangers on a Train, featuring the now frightened Paymer and Vincent Spano’s determined police detective.
But Lords’ sweet yet resolute presence is felt throughout this adventure, as a whole. Meanwhile, the tale’s surprising Sapphic twist, ultimately, helps make it one of this beloved series’ best presentations, as well.
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Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!