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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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Series cast summary:
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

Though it was the first episode filmed, "And All Through The House" was placed as the second episode after "The Man Who Was Death" in the show's official episode line-up. See more »

Quotes

Crypt Keeper: Heads, I win. Tails, you *ooze*!
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Alternate Versions

Syndication edits out profanity (either through bleeping or cutting the dialogue altogether) and sex, but leaves all violence intact. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Muppets Tonight: Michelle Pfeiffer (1996) See more »

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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Second only to The Twilight Zone.
30 May 2018 | by mymangodfreySee all my reviews

I've always loved horror anthology shows, but almost all of them fit into one of these three categories: 1) mediocre knockoff of The Twilight Zone (Circle of Fear, The Hitchhiker); 2) inspired spin on The Twilight Zone (Black Mirror, either version of The Outer Limits); or 3) The Twilight Zone.

Tales from the Crypt seems so fresh, in part, because it's aiming for something different; as a live-action reimagining of classic horror comic books, it's closer to, say, the Creepshow movies than to One Step Beyond. It's colorful and sleazy, and doesn't bother pretending to have a social message.

Maybe because it's telling stories made to fit a comic book, the pacing almost always feels perfect - there are none of those 10-minute lulls that even The Twilight Zone was plagued with - and every shot feels storyboarded, carefully planned. Until Black Mirror, no anthology show had flaunted such insanely high production values. Every episode feels like a miniature drive-in movie. The casting is always incredible, and the scores are often excellent.

It's a treat to revisit this show almost 30 years after it premiered. It holds up surprisingly well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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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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