Some of the visual compositions in this episode -- in both illustration and video form – strongly echo familiar comic motifs. My favorite image finds the colossal Ferrus emerging from an elevator, a slain enemy at his feet.
Walston makes the interesting acting choice in “Tales of the Undead” not to play Jay Star up for sympathy or pity. Instead, he ramps up all the darker emotions, namely rage and bitterness. And yet, in part because of Walston’s frail physicality partly because of his incredible, raspy voice, the character nonetheless gains our sympathy. He wants what we all want: more life.
“Tales of the Undead” came early in the Friday the 13th: The Series run but it stands out as one of the very best episodes of all.