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Tales from the Crypt

Tales from the Crypt

HBO 1989

Based on the legendary and gruesome EC Comics from publisher William Gaines, this horror anthology featured stories of murder, the super natural, gore and humor and always had a twist ending of sorts. Some of Hollywood's biggest names took part, either working in front or behind the camera. Hosting duties fell to everyone's favorite decaying corpse, the Crypt Keeper. The success of this series spawned a Saturday morning cartoon series (Tales From the Cryptkeeper), a short lived Saturday morning gameshow on CBS (Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House) and lots of merchandise. Two feature films (Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood) were also produced. Two other movies based on the EC Comics (Tales From the Crypt and The Vault of Horror) were released back in 1972 and 1973 respectively. But they are not connected to this series and will not be listed here! Tales from the Crypt has aired on HBO, Fox, in syndication and the Sci-Fi Channel. Most recently, the series has bee

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The 10 Best Episodes of Tales from the Crypt

Tales from the Crypt - S4E6

#1 - What's Cookin'


Season 4 - Episode 6

Fred and Erma are workers at a squid cafe who find themselves in trouble because their business is failing and their landlord will kick them out. That is until one of the employees encourages them to serve meat. Suddenly business is getting better. Gaston decides to double cross Fred and Erma but he ends getting invited for dinner ... but not in the way he expects. (with optional commentary by John Kassir in character as the Cryptkeeper, the episode's writer Alan Katz, and Tales From the Crypt chronicler Digby Diehl).

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 75 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S3E14

#2 - Yellow


Season 3 - Episode 14

The year is 1918. During World War I, somewhere in France, it's the 49th day of continuous battle on the front lines. Lieutenant Martin Kalthrob doesn't want to be in the army anymore and asks his father, General Kalthrob, for a discharge. His father refuses but says he will transfer him to the rear if he leads a patrol to the German lines and fix the broken communication line. When he proves himself to be a coward, his father orders a court martial with penalty of death by firing squad.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 64 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S4E11

#3 - Split Personality


Season 4 - Episode 11

Stetson is a con man who likes to date twins. He finds himself in the arms of twin sisters and creates a twin of his own. He weds both of them and decides to knock them off. Little does he know these twins share alike.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 66 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S6E9

#4 - Staired in Horror


Season 6 - Episode 9

Clyde is a fugitive who holes up in a house occupied by an elderly woman. One night he finds an attractive woman upstairs, but he discovers it's the same woman. She tells him that a long time ago her spouse caught her having an affair and put a curse on the house. She must stay up stairs if she wants to be young forever. The same thing will happen to the man if he comes upstairs. The cops arrive and he goes upstairs to change his image but he finds himself getting weak and the woman turns back into a helpless infant unable to do anything but crawl.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 62 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S3E4

#5 - Abra Cadaver


Season 3 - Episode 4

A former potential surgeon sets out to wreak revenge on the brother who's cruel practical joke prevented him from realizing his dream.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 100 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S5E9
#6 - Creep Course
Season 5 - Episode 9

Reggie is a college jock who is trying to pass a history test. He asks the class bookworm Stella Bishop to help tutor him. She goes to Finely's house to to get the answer sheet, but when she gets there, Finely and Reggie lock her in a mummy's tomb. Finely double crosses Reggie by poisoning him. Finely goes back to check his work, and gets a big surprise. Stella is not dead. She has been charming the mummy by impersonating his dead girlfriend making the mummy jealous and Reggie and Finely really take the wraps.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 59 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S5E6
#7 - Two for the Show
Season 5 - Episode 6

A man slaughters his wife who he believes is having an affair. He drags her body and puts it in the bathtub. The police arrive and he refuses to let them near the bathtub. He chops up the corpse and hops a train with a trunk containing his wife's corpse. The detective follows him. The man switches trunks but when he opens the other one he gets a big surprise.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 50 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S6E2
#8 - Only Skin Deep
Season 6 - Episode 2

At a costume party, a young man falls in love with a sexy woman. They have a great time. He promises to keep quiet but the next day he spills the beans. The woman tells him not to be around while she's awake. He finds out that she's wearing that same mask. He tries to remove it only to learn that it's her horrible face. She gives him the most shocking punishment.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 67 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S5E10
#9 - Came the Dawn
Season 5 - Episode 10

In this version of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, a young woman who is also a thief is picked up by a man driving by. He takes her up to his place. There she hears a message from his wife, but also learns that there is a killer nearby. When she goes to his room she gets a big surprise.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 55 votes.

Tales from the Crypt - S4E12
#10 - Strung Along
Season 4 - Episode 12

An aging puppeteer gets a new assistant. When he learns that his wife has a boyfriend, the assistant promises he'll do something about it. The puppeteer spends most of his time with is favorite puppet Koko. When he discovers that his assistant is his wife's lover, the two make him think that Koko has gone on a murderous rampage. Little do they know that Pinocchio isn't the only one with-out strings.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Tales from the Crypt from 60 votes.

Last updated: may 01, 2021



A classic Show. Dark, funny and morbid! I just love it!


This is the absolute gold standard of all horror anthology and honestly horror television. Can never be duplicated, a perfect mix of humor and horror. My third favorite show of all-time, I've rewatched it countless times.


So many known faces before they were famous, so many famous faces, so much morbidity, and genuine creepiness. Still holds up and the Crypt Keeper is iconic.


Best show from the 90s when u think it is 31 Years old so good just finished it. This show was not popular in Austria never saw it just found it 1 year ago.

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