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Tales from the Crypt (TV Series 1989–1996) Poster

(1989–1996)

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The introduction sequence that started every episode through the Cryptkeeper's home is actually the size of a miniature golf course green. Small "snorkel" cameras were used to film this portion. The descent into the crypt in the end of the intro is computer generated.
John Kassir came up with the trademark voice of the Cryptkeeper himself. When Kassir auditioned for the part, the producers loved it so much they almost immediately chose him.
The show was originally only planned for three seasons, but it proved so popular it lasted seven. Series creator William Gaines only lived to see season three.
John Kassir, voice of the Cryptkeeper, often had to swallow lemon juice and honey to sooth his throat after doing his lines.
The series was originally envisioned as a trilogy story feature film. This was changed to a television program because the producers feared it would bomb as a movie, as trilogy-style horror films rarely had success at the box office.
It took six puppeteers to operate the Cryptkeeper during his scenes, four puppeteers alone just for his facial expressions.
While animatronics expert/puppetmaster Kevin Yagher was in the final stages of designing the Cryptkeeper, he tried on a few noses to see which would look best for the character - who had already shed lips, hair and most of his teeth - but none looked quite right. Director and producer Robert Zemeckis simply remarked, "You know, you don't necessarily have to have a nose."
For the episodes they directed, Walter Hill ("Cutting Cards") and Joel Silver ("Split Personality") studied the comic book originals they were based on and used them to plan out their shots.
The concept for the movie The Frighteners (1996) was originally going to be a Tales From the Crypt film, but Robert Zemeckis loved the script so much that he had it spun off with Peter Jackson directing.
Walter Hill cast William Sadler in the lead for "The Man Who Was Death" only if Sadler promised to perform exactly way he did for the audition.
At William Gaines request, director Robert Zemeckis coaxed a bloodcurdling scream from Mary Ellen Trainor in the closing scene of "And All Through the House."
For the final season (7), production moved to England.
The series was released by HBO Home Video on 7 DVD Volumes in the USA and Canada.
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The series was released by HBO Home Video on 12 VHS Volumes in the USA and Canada.
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William Sadler (credited as Bill Sadler), who plays an executioner and the titular character in the very first episode titled "The Man Who Was Death", would go on to play the Grim Reaper two years later in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
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