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Encyclopedia > Tales from the Crypt (TV series)
Tales From The Crypt

Tales from the Crypt title screen
Genre Horror
Created by William Gaines (original concept)
Starring John Kassir
Theme music composer Danny Elfman
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 93 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Richard Donner
David Giler
Walter Hill
Joel Silver
David Geffen
Robert Zemeckis
Running time Various
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run June 10, 1989July 19, 1996
Links
IMDb profile

Tales from the Crypt is an American horror anthology TV series that ran from 1989 to 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO. It was based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and was produced by The Geffen Film Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is not to be confused with Tales from the Darkside, another similarly themed horror anthology series. Image File history File links Tales_from_the_crypt_title_shot. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... William Maxwell Gaines (March 1, 1922 – June 3, 1992) (more frequently referred to as Bill Gaines), was the bearded, bespectacled, overweight publisher of Mad. ... Johnny Kassir (born October 24, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian who has been active in many facets of entertainment since 1984. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1978 until its breakup in 1995, and has since gone on to become one of the most sought-after film score composers working in Hollywood today. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Tales from the Crypt title screen The following is a list of episodes for the HBO television series, Tales from the Crypt which aired from 1989-1996. ... Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930) is an American film director and also producer through the production company, The Donners Company, he and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, own. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is a successful Hollywood film producer. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is a record executive, film and theatrical producer, and philanthropist. ... Robert Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an Academy Award-winning American movie director, producer and writer. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 19 is the 200th day (201st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 165 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Look up premium in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A Premium may refer to: Premium rate telephone number, the UK Premium Bond Premium outlet Risk premium, in finance, the monetary difference between the guaranteed return and the possible return on an investment This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which... 6 or 15cm outside diameter, oil-cooled cables, traversing the Grand Coulee Dam throughout. ... Look up Channel on Wiktionary, the free dictionary In general, channel refers to the path between two endpoints. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... // Recovering from World War I and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... The original title, Crime Patrol. ... The Geffen Film Company was a motion picture distributor and production company founded by David Geffen. ... Warner Bros. ... Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from the 1980s produced by George A. Romero. ...


It was one of the few anthology series to be allowed to have full freedom from censorship by the FCC, due to the fact that it was on HBO, a premium cable television station. Given that HBO often allows its shows to have more graphic material than most shows on American television, the station allowed the series to contain graphic violence as well as other content that had not appeared in most television series up to that time, such as profanity, nudity, and sexual situations. The FCCs official seal. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Nude and naked(ness) redirect here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The series began as an American series, filmed in California. In the final season, filming continued in England and many episodes filmed during that time revolved around British characters. Official language(s) English Capital  Sacramento Largest city  Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area...


Warner Home Video has begun to release the series on DVD. Season One was released in July 2005, Season Two in October 2005, Season Three in March 2006, Season Four in late July 2006, and Season Five on October 31, 2006. Season Six is scheduled to be released in July 2007. The DVD's are unique because they feature all-new Crypt Keeper introductions and segments. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


It is currently being shown on Zone Horror in the UK, and NBC Universal's horror-themed cable channel Chiller, which launched on March 1st, 2007, is airing the series airs on weekdays at 10AM, 10:30AM, 7PM and 7:30PM Eastern and Sundays at 7PM and 7:30PM Eastern. [1] Zone Horror (formerly The Horror Channel) is a television film channel in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chiller is a 24 hour American cable television channel specializing in horror programming. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...

Contents

Episodes

Each episode began with a title sequence that was a tracking shot scored by a Danny Elfman theme that led from the front door of the Cryptkeeper's home down hallways and stairways to the basement, where the show's host, the Crypt Keeper, would pop out from a coffin, cackling wildly. Then the wisecracking, decomposing corpse (voiced by John Kassir), would introduce the episode with intentionally corny puns ("Hello, Boils and Ghouls" as a classic example). Each episode was a single story, and many had notable celebrity guest stars such as Brad Pitt, Joe Pesci, Martin Sheen, Roger Daltry, Jeffrey Tambor, Demi Moore, and Don Rickles among others. Many famous celebrities, such as Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, also directed some episodes of the series. Tales from the Crypt title screen The following is a list of episodes for the HBO television series, Tales from the Crypt which aired from 1989-1996. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1978 until its breakup in 1995, and has since gone on to become one of the most sought-after film score composers working in Hollywood today. ... mrs plenty. ... Johnny Kassir (born October 24, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian who has been active in many facets of entertainment since 1984. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... Joseph Eliot Pesci (born February 9, 1943), best known as Joe Pesci, is an American Academy Award-winning actor, comedian and singer who is often typecast as a violent mobster, grouchy funnyman, or both. ... Martin Sheen (born Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez on August 3, 1940) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Captain Willard in the film Apocalypse Now and, most recently, as President Josiah Bartlet on the acclaimed television drama The West Wing. ... Roger Daltreys first solo album, Daltrey Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE (born March 1, 1944) is a popular music artist, best known as the founder and lead singer of the British rock band, The Who. ... Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944 in San Francisco, California) is an American actor. ... Demi Moore (born Demetria Gene Guynes on November 11, 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico) is an American actress. ... Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian, film actor, and voice actor. ... Thomas Tom Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor, Emmy winning director, voice-over artist and movie producer who starred in family-friendly and screwball comedies before achieving notable success as a dramatic actor in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. ... For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ...


The episode "You, Murderer" (1995) is particularly of note due to the fact that it was one of the first shows ever filmed that used computer effects to digitally insert actors into an episode. Alfred Hitchcock appeared in a cameo at the beginning of the episode, and Humphrey Bogart played the starring role for this story. Due to the fact that both men had been dead for decades, their appearances made the episode very well known amongst fans. This episode was also notable for Isabella Rossellini's guest appearance in which she parodies her lookalike mother, Ingrid Bergman for the first (and only) time. Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a highly influential film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an iconic American actor of legendary fame who retained his legacy after death. ... Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (born June 18, 1952 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and former supermodel. ...   (pronounced in Swedish, but usually in English, IPA notation) (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was a three-time Academy Award-winning and two-time Emmy Award-winning Swedish actress. ...


Very few of the episodes, especially in the early seasons, were based on actual stories from Tales From The Crypt. Many were instead from other EC Comics series. For instance, season one was predominantly from The Haunt of Fear, while season two was mostly from Shock Suspenstories. Tales from The Vault of Horror appeared sporadically throughout the series run. The Haunt of Fear was part of the EC Comics line in the early 1950s. ... Shock SuspenStories #6 cover by Wally Wood Shock SuspenStories was part of the EC Comics line in the early 1950s. ... The Vault of Horror was part of Bill Gaines EC Comics line during the early 1950s. ...


Spin-offs

In 1991, the Fox television network aired a pilot for Two-Fisted Tales, a spin-off based on the 1950s EC action comics. When Fox passed on the pilot, Crypt Keeper segments were tacked onto the three stories (Yellow, Showdown, and King of the Road), and HBO ran them as Tales from the Crypt episodes.


Two movies, Demon Knight (1995) and Bordello of Blood (1996), were based on the series, neither of which was particularly successful. A third movie, Ritual was slated for theatrical release in 2001, but sat on the shelves until 2006 when it was released on DVD. Demon Knight (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight) is a 1995 horror film directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, and stars Billy Zane, William Sadler, and Jada Pinkett Smith. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood is a 1996 comedy/horror film starring Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart, Corey Feldman, and Chris Sarandon. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The Peter Jackson film The Frighteners was originally written as a Tales From the Crypt movie, but was produced and released on its own merit after director Robert Zemeckis read the script. Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961) is a three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning New Zealand filmmaker best known as the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which he, along with his long time partner, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens adapted from the novels... For the Matt Helm spy novel by Donald Hamilton, see The Frighteners (novel). ...


In 1993, a Saturday morning cartoon called Tales from the Cryptkeeper was based on the series, with none of the violence or other questionable content that was in the original series, but kept John Kassir as the voice of the Cryptkeeper. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Tales from the Cryptkeeper was an animated series aimed at children made by Canadas Nelvana and aired on the ABC network on saturday mornings in the U.S.. It was based off the live-action show, Tales from the Crypt which aired on HBO at the time. ...


A kid's game show called Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House was also spun off from the series in 1996. Secrets of the Cryptkeeper’s Haunted House is a Saturday-morning game show that ran on CBS. It premiered on September 14, 1996 and lasted until August 1997. ...


After the original series ended, a spin-off called Perversions of Science premiered in 1997 on HBO, this time being based on science fiction instead of horror. The series only lasted for a short run, and was cancelled the same year. Perversions of Science was a science fiction/horror television series that ran on the cable channel HBO for one series. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Awards

Tales from the Crypt won the following awards:

  • the 1991 Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Half-Hour - ADR
  • the 1992 Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Effects and Foley
  • the 1993 Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Effects and Foley
  • the 1994 American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award for Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television (for the episode "People Who Live in Brass Hearses")

Nominations

  • the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (William Hickey in the episode "The Switch")
  • the 1991 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Cable Special (Mike Simmrin)
  • the 1992 Casting Society of America's Artios Award for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Episodic
  • the 1994 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Kirk Douglas)
  • the 1994 American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award for Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television (for the episode "The Lipreader")
  • the 1994 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Tim Curry in the episode "Death Of Some Salesman"), Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series
  • the 1994 Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Guest Starring in a Television Show (Raushan Hammond)
  • the 1995 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series
  • the 1996 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series (for the episode "You Murderer")

An Emmy Award. ... William Hickey (September 19, 1928 – June 29, 1997) was an American actor. ... Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch Demsky December 9, 1916) is an American actor and film producer known for his gravelly voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas himself once described as sons of bitches. He is also father to Hollywood actor and producer Michael Douglas. ... Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946) is an English actor, singer and composer perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) or as Pennywise in It (1990). ...

Technical data

  • alternate title: HBO's Tales from the Crypt
  • episodes: 93
  • runtime: 30 minutes
  • sound: Dolby
  • aspect ratio: 1.33 : 1
  • series premiere: June 10, 1989

June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

Tales from the Crypt title screen The following is a list of episodes for the HBO television series, Tales from the Crypt which aired from 1989-1996. ... This is a listing of topics pertaining to television programs. ...

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