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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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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, 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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A Fifth of Fright 'n' Fun! (Season Five USA DVD) See more »


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Official Sites:

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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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Runtime:

(92 episodes) (40 min (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show has been known to allow writers, directors, and actors alike to experiment on various avenues and given free reign while still staying true to the spirit of the comic books. For example, actors like Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were given opportunities to direct episodes and have some fun. 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 »

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Referenced in American Dad!: Stanny Tendergrass (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Campy for the Creepy
1 June 2003 | by ewiddisonSee all my reviews

I saw a few episodes on video, and while I am not a particular fan of the genre, I was quite impressed. It was like the Twilight Zone, but with a strong horror theme (although not all the time), and without the pretentious feel. What really impressed me was the cheesy lines the crypt keeper had. They were so bad that the writers had to have tried for that effect. It was like listening to the worst spook alley script you've ever seen. That's the heart and soul of campy TV. It goes a long way toward helping you appreciate the carefully crafted tales that are being introduced.

The other stand out thing about the show is the actors they get. They don't just dredge up whatever they can get from the local playhouses. They get some top names. On top of that, you get the feeling that these big stars are having a lot of fun telling a ghost story (not that they're about ghosts, but you get the idea).

So, if you thought Rod Sterling didn't include enough dismemberments, or you just like clever stories with deliberately awful introductions, and you aren't squeamish, then this is the show for you.


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