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Tales from the Crypt 

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Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.

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Steven Dodd
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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 15 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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John Kassir ...  Crypt Keeper / ... 93 episodes, 1989-1996
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Half-hour stories with many themes, including; horror, twists, black-magic, and science fiction Introduced by a puppet called "The Crypt Keeper". A cross between The Twilight Zone (1959) and modern horror movies. Not suitable for the very young or squeamish. Written by Rob Hartill

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Trivia

The season six, episode fifteen, "You, Murderer", was the only episode that used computer graphics imagery. This was for "resurrecting" the long deceased Humphrey Bogart, by using old movies to digitally insert his face on either a stand-in, or a dummy, in scenes where the main character's face is shown in mirrors and other reflective surfaces, since the whole episode is seen through his point of view. The effects were done by Industrial Light & Magic, which also previously worked on Robert Zemeckis' Oscar winning movie, Forrest Gump (1994). See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

When aired on the Sci-Fi channel, the episodes are missing most of the gore. The impact of violent acts are normally cut, sex and nudity is cut, and language is toned down. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Identical (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Remember, kiddies: hee hee hee!
26 October 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

There have been many shows that were never intended to be taken seriously, but "Tales from the Crypt" brings the idea to a whole new level. Each episode begins by descending into what appears to be a haunted house, where we get introduced to the delightfully creepy Crypt Keeper. He explains (as sardonically as possible) what we're about to watch. Then, each episode tells a story involving a really nasty situation; some involve monsters, others involve people doing really unpleasant things, but they all make one laugh. I really liked the episode where Don Rickles played a most unusual puppeteer, and also the episode where Christopher Reeve opened a restaurant...of sorts. Granted, this show was kind of ridiculous, but they never lost their timing, even with the Crypt Keeper's silly remarks. Just remember that, kiddies. Hee hee hee!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales from the Crypt See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(92 episodes) (40 min (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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