Tales From the Crypt

Series Summary
Based on the EC Comics series of the same name, this campy and stylized anthology series recounts a string of horrific yarns introduced by the show's moldering host, the Crypt Keeper. Episodes feature a number of well-known actors and actresses, including Dan Aykroyd, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Reeve and Sam Waterston. Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and John Frankenheimer are among notables who directed episodes.

Air Dates: 1989 - Present

Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Drama

Network: HBO


  • Season 7, Ep. 13 : The Third Pig Jul 19, 1996

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    The Big Bad Wolf eats two foolish pigs and frames the third. Animated.

  • Season 7, Ep. 12 : Ear Today ... Gone Tomorrow Jul 12, 1996

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    A hearing-impaired safecracker makes a deal with a mobster's wife to settle a gambling debt. Starring Robert Lindsay and Gretchen Palmer.

  • Season 7, Ep. 11 : Confession Jul 5, 1996

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    A detective believes a screenwriter decapitated three women.

  • Season 7, Ep. 10 : About Face Jun 28, 1996

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    A preacher's abandoned progeny return to reacquaint themselves with their philandering father. Starring Anthony Andrews and Imelda Staunton.

  • Season 7, Ep. 9 : Smoke Wrings Jun 21, 1996

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    An ad agency tries to make a client's products irresistible.

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Based on 6 Critics
Critic Reviews ( 3 )
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  • Much as horror fans might revere HBO for spending good dough and hiring top-rank directors and crew members for the series, the initial results are mixed. Show More

  • Certainly, these pioneering jaunts have a stylishness and sophistication lacking in most mainstream televison shows. But at this point, for all their nifty good looks, they just aren't special or scary enough. [9 June 1989, p.C-1] Show More

  • Are they scary? Not generally. The stories exist only to make bad things happen to bad people. You can see the "twist" endings coming a mile away, but the fun is in the ghoulish glee taken in the telling. [9 June 1989, p.3D] Show More

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