Tales From the Crypt

Tales From the Crypt

  • TV-MA
  • 1989
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.0  (21,885)

Tales From the Crypt is based on a comic book series of the same name and many episodes do come from those comic books. The show is hosted by The Crypt Keeper, a puppet like creation made to be reminiscent of a rotting zombie like creature. Each episode has a different story and cast. These episodes are not family friendly and parental guidance is strongly recommended as a rating system would likely put the show at MA. As the show originally aired on HBO, there was very little censorship. There is graphic violence which includes gore. There is also profanity, nudity, sexual situations, etc. The stories all begin with The Crypt Keeper introducing the episode using bad puns. The episodes are meant to be scary. They do tend to achieve a creepy feel, but whether they are scary depends on one's fondness of horror movies and supernatural books. The episodes also have familiar faces, many feature actors and actresses who were then, or later, achieved A-list status.

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The Third Pig
13. The Third Pig
July 19, 1996
In this twisted tale of the "Three Little Pigs" and the series' only animated episode. The first and second pigs are killed by the big bad wolf and the third pig, Dudley is accused and sentenced to death. Dudley builds a Franken-Pig to kill the wolf. Franken-Pig eats up the wolf, but the wolf escapes and eats Dudley.
Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow
12. Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow
July 12, 1996
An aging safecracker is wanted dead by the mob, but is given another chance. The mobster's wife gets the safecracker to get ear surgery so he'd have the hearing of an owl and he and the wife can run off with the money. Unfortunately, it was all a setup. The man is killed by the mobster and the surgeon who gave him the hearing.
Confession
11. Confession
July 5, 1996
A screenwriter is interrogated by a hard-nosed cop who thinks he's a serial killer who slices the head off women. The man ends up confessing to the crime. When the cop goes home, he opens his refrigerator and there are the heads of the women on the shelves.
About Face
10. About Face
June 28, 1996
A priest discovers that he has two long lost twin daughters: beautiful Angelica and ugly Leah. The twin sisters kill a woman that their new dad has had an affair with. Jonathan, the priest, thinks it's his wife so he kills her. Leah attacks him with a knife and the priest kills her. But he’s shocked to see that the ugly twin and the pretty twin were Siamese twins.
Smoke Wrings
9. Smoke Wrings
June 21, 1996
An ad executive hires a man who knows nothing about advertising to work for her firm. The man is actually working for the ad company's founder who was fired years ago. The man is given a device that alters people's thoughts and makes them buy certain products. Unfortunately, the ex-employee was controlling the man the whole time and was just a lab rat to pitch the machine.
Report from the Grave
8. Report from the Grave
June 14, 1996
Elliot invents a machine that reads the thoughts of the dead. He tries to read the thought of a murderous serial killer Tymrak. The man's girlfriend is killed during the experiment and she becomes Tymrak's slave. He tries to bring her back with his invention but brings Tymrak back too.
Kidnapper
7. Kidnapper
June 7, 1996
A pawnbroker falls in love with a pregnant girl. But after the child is born, he gets jealous. He gets a sleazy baby broker to kidnap the baby, after this the woman goes insane. He tries to make her feel better by stealing another baby in the park but is beaten to death by an angry mob but he discovers that the baby he tried to steal was really his lady friend's baby all along.
Cold War
6. Cold War
May 31, 1996
Cammy is tired of Ford so she decides to leave him after a robbery backfires. Cammy goes to a bar where she meets an attractive black man, Jimmy Pickett. Ford rushes in and attempts to kill the man, but Jimmy has a secret: he's a vampire but Ford and Cammy also have a secret: they're zombies. After a scuffle, all three of them fall out of a window. Ford and Cammy live but they're so mangled they can't be seen in public.
Horror in the Night
5. Horror in the Night
May 24, 1996
Jewel thief Nick double crosses his partner and hides out in a hotel. He starts hallucinating after he meets a mysterious woman. She reveals to him that she's a ghost of a woman he killed years ago. The thief sees the killing reenacted in front of him and is shot by his presumed dead partner.
Escape
4. Escape
May 17, 1996
An English WWII traitor finds himself confined to a prison camp. One of the men he betrayed is transported to the camp. Badly scarred, he promises to reveal the traitor's identity. When he recovers, the traitor kills the patient before he can rat him out. Along with another prisoner, the traitor plans to escape by hiding in a coffin and be taken out to the graveyard where they can make their escape. Unfortunately, it was all a set up and he is killed.
A Slight Case of Murder
3. A Slight Case of Murder
May 3, 1996
After being irritated by her nosy neighbor, a writer finds out she is getting stalked by her jealous ex. He accuses her of cheating on him with the nosy neighbor's son. As her son plans to do away with Sharon's ex, she comes alive and everyone kills each other. Before the writer dies, the nosy neighbor comes in and tells her that it was set up for research on her new book.
Last Respects
2. Last Respects
April 26, 1996
Three women who own an antique shop have financial trouble but get some luck from a monkey's paw.
Fatal Caper
1. Fatal Caper
April 19, 1996
Evelyn and Justin must find their long lost brother, Frank to get an inheritance even though they haven't heard from him in over 15 years.
Tales From The Crypt
Tales From The Crypt

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Tales From the Crypt is based on a comic book series of the same name and many episodes do come from those comic books. The show is hosted by The Crypt Keeper, a puppet like creation made to be reminiscent of a rotting zombie like creature. Each episode has a different story and cast.

These episodes are not family friendly and parental guidance is strongly recommended as a rating system would likely put the show at MA. As the show originally aired on HBO, there was very little censorship. There is graphic violence which includes gore. There is also profanity, nudity, sexual situations, etc.

The stories all begin with The Crypt Keeper introducing the episode using bad puns. The episodes are meant to be scary. They do tend to achieve a creepy feel, but whether they are scary depends on one's fondness of horror movies and supernatural books. The episodes also have familiar faces, many feature actors and actresses who were then, or later, achieved A-list status.Tales From the Crypt is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (93 episodes). The series first aired on June 10, 1989.

Tales From the Crypt is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tales From the Crypt on demand at Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    June 10, 1989
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (21,885)