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Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television (2004)

Tells the story of EC Comics, the controversy that led to the end of mainstream horror comics, and the HBO anthology series "Tales from the Crypt".


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Tells the story of EC Comics, the controversy that led to the end of mainstream horror comics, and the HBO anthology series "Tales from the Crypt".

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This documentary is featured on the Tales from the Crypt (1989) complete first season DVD set, and was also released on its own on DVD as a 2-disc set. both were released in 2005. See more »


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C'mon in kiddies, to the docuMental Ward!
29 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The main feature is under an hour, I believe 55 minutes. Unfortunately, unlike the title: 'Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television,' which indicates at least somewhat an equal sharing of comics and TV, ends up as roughly 50 minutes comics and 5 minutes TV. Yes, the comic book majority of the documentary was interesting, though hardly anything I haven't learned before – I grew up on Superman and other comic books and any documentary on the subject always seems to speak of the other (horror) comics out at the time (and their rise/fall.) But, if you haven't heard of the blast of horror in the mid-20th Century and their eventual trials and fall, then this might be for you. Heck, it's only 55 minutes. I just wanted more on the media/entertainment side. Wasn't there almost 100 episodes of the HBO series for about seven years? Isn't any of that worth mentioning beyond roughly 5 minutes? Granted it was an awful abuse of power to abolish the freedom of speech during the Great Horror-Comic Debates, but what they showed as what was printed and shown to kids – even I would compare the ideas of these comics to those candy cigarettes. I have to admit: these were extremely gory/violent comics and probably should have been reserved for adults. (I'm not about to show my 12-year-old nephew pornography for the sake of "art" or "free speech.") However, I think it should be up to parents and not power-hungry, so called God-fearing individuals to make the decision for kids. And I never agree with Nazi-like book burning. How far have we de-evolved? Overall it keeps interest, and thankfully, under an hour, it's worth a viewing.

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