Heres some grisly good news for fear fans the first season of HBOs long-running TV horror anthology Tales from the Crypt, based on the notorious 50s-era E.C. comic books, emerges on DVD in a two-disc set thats sure to have em shrieking (with joy, of course). Shepherded by a host of top Hollywood producers and directors (including Joel Silver, Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, and Walter Hill), the Tales from the Crypt series brought together major talent both in front of and behind the camera to give life to E.C.s over-the-top stories of gruesome revenge and ghastly terror. Season 1 offers six star-studded spooktaculars, including Donners Dig That Cat Hes Real Gone, with The Sopranos Joe Pantoliano as a carnival performer with a knack for surviving horrible endings Zemeckiss And All Through the House, with Larry Drake as a homicidal Santa Claus terrorizing a woman who has just killed her husband (this story was also adapted in the 1972 theatrical version of Crypt) and Hills The Man Who Was Death, featuring a topnotch performance by William Sadler as a jailhouse executioner who takes the law into his own hands. Comic purists may decry liberties taken by updating the original stories (and current audiences may find elements in some episodes out of date, most notably Mary Lamberts Only Sin Deep), but the blend of gore and black humor should keep most horror heads happy, as should the chattering presence of the animatronic Crypt Keeper (well-voiced by John Kassir), who serves as the shows ghost host.The two-disc sets chief extra is an interesting documentary about the original comics, featuring interviews with co-editor Al Feldstein and legendary artist Jack Davis, as well as directors and authors inspired by the comics like George Romero, John Carpenter, and R.L. Stine. The Crypt Keeper also weighs in with a new intro for the DVD, as well as his reminiscences of the first-season episodes, complete with plenty of behind-the-scenes production photos. In short, pleasant screams are ensured for all.
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I used to watch this show when I was about 11. I remember it prettywell. If you ask me, it was a good show that's perfect for a slumberparty or Halloween. I also remember the opening sequence and theme songpretty well, too. In addition to that, everyone was ideally cast. Also,the writing was very strong. The performances were top-grade, too. Ihope some network brings it back so I can see every episode. Before Iwrap this up, I'd like to say that I'll always remember this show in mymemory forever, even though I don't think I've seen every episode. Now,in conclusion, if some network ever brings it back, I hope that youcatch it one day before it goes off the air for good.
Oh man, I miss this show so very much. I wish upon oh so many stars forthem to bring it back. *sigh* There aren't many shows EVER to have awhole new storyline every episode. And for the ones there are, none ofthem can even begin to compare with this one. It had EVERYTHING; humor,horror, drama, and an amazing, original host to start each episode off:The Cryptkeeper.There may be other shows that are similar, but none will ever haveanything like the Cryptkeeper. When I was younger, I was terrified ofhim. But as I got older I listened more to what he said and realizedhow hilarious he was. Not because his jokes were funny, but morebecause of how corny they are, but yet he thinks they are just thefunniest things in the world.The thing is is that if you haven't seen this show then you definitelyneed to go out and buy the episodes. And if you don't feel like takinga big step like that, go rent them, then you can buy them. I, myself,am waiting eagerly for them to put the rest of the seasons on DVD so Ican have a HUGE marathon of nothing but "Tales From the Crypt"!
I watched 9 straight hours of this stuff on Halloween Day and enjoyed everysecond. Some of the stories were very effective, some were less, but eachone was a fun romp through creepy horror. I really liked the humorous edgethat was put on a few of the tales, especially the one where the 2 gamblerswent at it in Vegas. Wish I could see all of these spooky little tidbits. Ifound the "host" to be as entertaining as the tales themselves.
This was definitely a fun TV show for horror fans & a series that willbe talked about for ages to come! Each & every episode of this TVseries spin off of the 1972 original creeper of the same name,substituted a lot of the chills for humor & a creepy human crypt keeperfor a decayed wise cracking ghoul who narrated the stories. SeveralHollywood celebrities made guest appearances in this show & some famouscelebrities even directed a few of these too, including ARNOLDSCHWARZENAGER! the stories lacked the creepy appeal of the 1972original, but they always made up for it with grisly kills & loads ofgreat humor & some stories were quiet memorable in terms of horrorwhile others leaned more towards the goofy side. Worth watching forhorror fans who haven't seen it, though if you're a horror fan I can'tsee how you managed to not have seen at least one episode of these!***1/2 stars
I first found this series when they reran it on ITV at midnight onFridays and it ruled!! the stories are consistently good and TheCryptkeeper is so dang cool. the first episode I saw was the one withthe cheap undertaker who buries his nephew minus his feet (i don't knowthe title sadly). How good is it? well i live in england and i had theentire 1st season DVD imported thats how good it was! I have sincebought reprints of the comics and tried to find the movies. thisapparently used to be on HBO and it shows. big name stars and excellentvoice performanceby john kassir as the crypt keeper second only to thealmighty twilight zone.
There have been plenty of great horror shows on television, but TalesFromThe Crypt was the best. Why oh why this was ever cancelled is beyond me.It re-created the classic horror comics with style, and who could forgetJohn Kassir as the voice of the wickedly funny Crypt Keeper?This show ever spawned 2 very cool movies. Demon Knight and Bordello OfBlood, which I highly reccomend.
OK, the Cryptkeeper, I remember him fondly, as I knew whenever I sayhim I knew he'd be preceded by a great tale of horror. OK maybe in thefirst short season, it wasn't as apparent as the superb later seasonswould be, but this did lay the groundwork (side note: none of the talesin the first 6 episodes of this series actually came from the "TalesFrom the Crypt" comic series technically). Not to say this seasonwasn't good, quite the opposite as the maniac Santa story of "And allthrough the House" and the black comedic "Collection Completed" areclassic episodes, even if the other 4 are not really up to snuff. Eventhe second season would get so much better by leaps and bounds.My Season one grade: BSeason 1 Extras: New introduction from a now heavily bandagedCryptkeeper; the cool "Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books toTelevision" documentary and the not nearly as cool 5 and a half minute"Crypt Keeper's History Of Season 1"
Along with the original TWILIGHT ZONE and THRILLER, TALES was easilythe best spooky anthology show to ever air on TV, easily besting theNEW TWILIGHT ZONE, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE and NIGHT VISIONS, to namejust a few (I left out OUTER LIMITS as that show was more sci-fi thanhorror/fantasy). Each week gave us a sordid and nasty tale, often to dowith revenge from beyond the grave or murder most foul. The bonus forthose of us old enough to remember the William Gaines' comic books onwhich the show was based, was how close each episode came to thoseclassic comic stories, both in look and substance. The skeletalCryptkeeper was funny if a bit annoying, but did a solid job of settingup each creepy episode. Each episode usually featured a familiarHollywood face. Budgets were just big enough to make the often-stylizedaction believable, unlike DARKSIDE, where you could all too easily spotthe cardboard sets. You could never take a single episode seriously,nor did the show's makers want you to, even when it got gruesome enoughto be mistaken for an episode of OPERATING ROOM TV. A great triviaquestion: in which episode did John Kassir, who provided the voice ofthe Cryptkeeper, play a supporting role? Here's a hint: Listen for theCryptkeeper at the end of the episode to effusively sing the praises ofthis bit player.
I didn't have HBO when this played (I still don't have it) so I'm justcatching up on it now the DVDs being released. I'm a big fan of the oldcomic (I have all the issues that were reprinted in the 1990s) and Ihad heard this series was really strong stuff. I did see the editedepisodes that popped up on regular TV...but the cuts were obvious andrendered some of the stories incomprehensible. Now I'm finally seeingthem uncut. The verdict? They're OK.The casts are great (it's fun seeing Brad Pitt before he hit it big)and there's some well-directed episodes...but I find this serieslacking somewhat. For starters, it's not as extreme as I heard. Withthe sole exception of "Lover Come Hack To Me" from season one there'snext to no blood or gore. There's some minor swearing and occasionalflashes of nudity--but where's all the blood and violence I heard thiscontained? I'm just finishing season 4 and have yet to see one episodethat I could call very bloody. You don't need that to make it scary,but I heard for years that this was pretty violent and blood-drenched.It's not. Also some of the writing is very poor and the some of theepisodes seem rushed (but they only had about half an hour to get ineverything). Also, it's just not scary. Not one episode has evenremotely spooked me. So, it's worth seeing for the casts and directorsbut it's no big deal. A 7.
It is without exception the greatest series of all time. The acting byeveryone was great and the Cryptkeepers's puns were hilarious (Justgoes to show you kiddies, Be very careful what you Axe For Christmas,You Just Might Get it!) (I Call tonight's Putrid Piece "What's Cookin".This series will beat hands down any of the crap out there today. Itwas kind of like the Twilight Zone of the 90's. All the big andUpcoming stars were in the episodes. You had Lou Diamond Phillips,Priscillia Presley, Larry Drake, Ed Begley Jr, Judd Nelson, ChristopherReeve, Joe Pesci, Jeffrey Jones, Alan Ruck, Cheech Marin, Martin Sheen,Billy Zane, Anthong Michael Hall, Brooke Shields, and many others. Theepisodes were true to the comics and didn't try to change anything. TheBest thing by far was John Kassir doing the Cryptkeeper's voice. Thatwas fantastic and timeless.
This series was a mixed bag at best. The plot revolved around a crypt keeperwho told fiendish stories in the tombs of a run down house. Each storyalways featured a wick twist of an ending. The series usually always had abig star in front of the camera and sometimes behind the camera. Some of theshows were clever and witty while others came off as flat and tired.However, this series usually always had a few scares and was sometimesintense. My favorite one was a reality TV show being filmed in a hauntedhouse that actually is haunted and a fraternity initiation where all thepledges keep disappearing. The Crypt Keeper makes for a memorable horroricon.Unrated; Graphic Violence, Nudity, Adult Humor, Sexual Situations andProfanity.
I have always loved the horror genre, for as long as I can possiblyremember. Tales From The Crypt was a huge part of my childhood. Myfamily and I went to a friends house and saw the shows on HBO...someepisodes made me laugh (I was six at the time...the show was in seasonthree by that point) others scared the daylights out of me. I love(d)the opening sequence and the Crypt Keepr to me was awesome (I tend tohave a soft spot for glorified puppets). Plus Danny Elfman's theme wasawesome.I have the first two seasons on DVD but I was lucky enough to see someepisodes on FOX during the wee hours of the night when I was aroundten. They were cut of course but the stories were still in good enoughcondition to be enjoyable. I fondly look back now (at age 21) to what Iconsidered frighting and I enjoy myself. I love "Only Sin Deep" fromthe first season and things like "The Secret" from the second seasonare kind of lame but overall I'm happy they are on DVD now so I canwatch and enjoy them all over again.I think I'm the only person who admits to loving the Crypt Keeperspuns...
stars: John Kassir as the Cryptkeeper.Usually great horror anthology show hosted by the Cryptkeeper, arotting corpse done through animatronics. It's hard to rate it as anentire series, because the episodes went from really bad, to excellent.I will review the first and second season(out on DVD now) Season one-6episodes. 160 mins. This was obviously the starter season, so therewere some glitches. The first is the Cryptkeeper, who really didn'tlook all that great this season. He didn't yet evolve with his facialmovements yet. As for episodes, the classics were Man Who Was Death andDig that Cat hes Real Gone. The really good ones were Collectioncompleted and All Through the House. Then there was Only Sin Deep andLover Come Hack to Me. My rating-B plus.Season 2-18 episodes. 470 mins. The Cryptkeeper has evolved to greatlip and eye movement. As for the series, this season has some goodones. I'm not going to go into all of them, but they are good. Some ofthe classics are Television Terror, Korman's Kalamity, Cutting Cards,The Switch, For Crying Out Loud, The Ventiliquists Dummy and LowerBerth. Great season. My rating-A.My rating of the series in all-A. episode lengths-(approx.)27 minuteswith no commercials. TV:MA:LVS
*Shivers* this series scared me so much when it came out. I rememberthat my dad had the original comics that the series is based off of.Ironically from the creators Mad Mag. But even though the show went offair, I still remember the opening theme, the crypt-keeper, his cheesypuns and the second episode that was so graphically horrific and sodisturbing. Not only did this series bring one of the best horror comicalive and miraculously panned it out in to 30 minutes be it challengedthe FCC and DC comics on the graphic nature of such comic books. Eachepisode was scarier than the last and some of the themes and situationswere so suggestive and risky, but Zemeckis, Joel Silver and RichardDonner stayed true to those books and created one of the best horror TVshow ever.Essentially, classic and original horror, a lot of violence, gore,disturbing subject matter and images and the crypt-keeper as the comicrelief. Who could forget such a great TV show that was too good forthis world and sadly gone? I recommend this TV series for any horrorfanatic and horror young horror fans.
One time, when I was about seven years old, "Tales from the Crypt" cameon,and my Dad was watching it. I was screaming my head off because I was soscared (mostly because of the Crypt Keeper. He always freaks me out withthat face. But that's a different story.) and I couldn't sleep for days. Iwas so scared that whenever I was bad, my Mom used to say that the CryptKeeper was going to get me.It had the most interesting and weird stories. Even though I can'trememberall of them, I still remember the Crypt Keeper's laugh. Everytime it comeson TV, I laugh along with him.Anyways, the stories are still great to this day. They need to put thatshowback on the air. Hey, it's always better than re-runs of "The Real World".
The reason for my love with the TFTC series is the fact that I grew upwatching these for the years that it was on. I remember looking forwardto them each week and mainly was concerned with how the Crypt Keeperwas going to set up the story as well as his zany comments at the endof the show. Another attraction to having these, is the stars that theyhad casted for the episodes. It seems that they cast the right peoplefor the right part. I even thought that Brooke Shields did a great jobin a role that was not anything like the typical "Blue Lagoon" "EndlessLove" type parts that she had played before. If you're not a fan ofthese, you might not appreciate it as much as someone who grew upwatching them. Although each of the stories are a bit unique in thereown way and there is enough dark humor to keep even the most hardcorehorror fan entertained for the half hour presentations. There are evena couple of them that will give you the willies as the story unfolds.In conclusion... I would recommend this series to anyone who grew upwatching these or anyone who is a fan of the B-Grade horror movies ofthe 80's. If you're neither of these then you probably would just watcha few of them from time to time without any real feeling about themeither way. They are fun for a Friday night with a few buddies thoughand you do get a lot of episodes with one purchase. There are 5 seasonson sale and I truly do love them all.....
I've been watching the TALES FROM THE CRYPT repeats on the sci-fi channellately and while they are not quite as scary as they were when they firstaired, they still are pretty scary. What makes the show so entertaining isthe way the show mixes horror with humor and makes it work so well. Theshowis both hilarious and horrifying. I hope that one day HBO will take backtheshow and make new episodes. Until that happens, I just watch therepeats!
There have been many shows that were never intended to be takenseriously, but "Tales from the Crypt" brings the idea to a whole newlevel. Each episode begins by descending into what appears to be ahaunted house, where we get introduced to the delightfully creepy CryptKeeper. He explains (as sardonically as possible) what we're about towatch. Then, each episode tells a story involving a really nastysituation; some involve monsters, others involve people doing reallyunpleasant things, but they all make one laugh. I really liked theepisode where Don Rickles played a most unusual puppeteer, and also theepisode where Christopher Reeve opened a restaurant...of sorts.Granted, this show was kind of ridiculous, but they never lost theirtiming, even with the Crypt Keeper's silly remarks. Just remember that,kiddies. Hee hee hee!
Quite possibly one of the best shows ever to air on TV! My favouriteepisode was the one where Christopher Reeve played a struggling restaurantowner whose business suddenly soars to success when he adds a new item tothe menu, that soon becomes the talk of the town.
Tongue-in-cheek horror series from HBO that is based on the popular comicstrips. "Tales From the Crypt" hung around and hung around for eightmostlytedious years and some 93 episodes were completed (on premium channelstheydo about half as many shows a year as a network). The series' callingcardwas the crypt keeper, a disgustingly ugly muppet who introduced eachterrible tale and came back at the end for conclusive thoughts. Some bignames made appearances throughout the run, but most of the series wasmiredby cheap scare tactics and waning attempts at black humor. 2.5 out of 5stars.