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Half-hour stories with many themes, including; horror, twists, black-magic, sci.-fi. .... Introduced by a puppet called "The Crypt Keeper". A cross between "The Twilight Zone" and modern horror movies. Not suitable for the very young or squeamish. Written by Rob Hartill

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10 June 1989 (USA)  »

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(92 episodes) (40 min (1 episode)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to John Kassir, in the first season, he had to do his lines slowly because the show didn't have a big enough budget for the Cryptkeeper's mouth to move more quickly. Fans have often noted that the fact that the Cryptkeeper was speaking slowly and more discreetly in the first season, as opposed to his more hyper and energetic style of speech in the six seasons that followed, made him sound a bit more sinister and foreboding. See more »


Crypt Keeper: [after cutting someone's ear off with a pair of scissors] Shave and a haircut, two bits!
[laughs hysterically]
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Classic Campy horror fun
27 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have always been a fan of the series. This is the kind of stuff I grew up on. I loved this show when I was a kid, so much that I even read some of the old comics. There is always a moral to each story. (most of which seem to involve betraying lovers for some odd reason) Although some episodes are so far out there they come off as being lame at times I can't help but love them. Every episode is like it's own little horror movie. I highly recommend the series,especially now that it is coming out on DVD. You get a lot of entertainment for your money. Thats all I have to say about this series and as the crypt keeper would say "Good night boils and ghouls."

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