Cover of Tales from the Crypt, season 1, featuring the Crypt Keeper


Title: Tales From the Crypt
Released: 1989

Fix: Humor in a Jugular Vein
Platforms: Amazon Video

Amazon Video Summary:

Cadaverous scream legend the Crypt Keeper hosts these forays of fright and fun based on the classic E.C. Comics tales from back in the day. So shamble up to the bar and pick your poison. Will it be an insane Santa on a personal slay ride? Honeymooners out to fulfill the “til death do we part” vow ASAP. These and other terror-ific tales await in the first season of dead-on humor and horror!

FYAaaaaa! Summary:

Based on horror comics originally published by Mad Magazine founder William Gaines and hosted by the wise cracking Crypt Keeper, these tales of terror will keep you up at night…laughing!

Familiar Corpses:

The Crypt Keeper, a ghoulish puppet

The Crypt Keeper as Himself

Your host. His puns would make you want to crawl back into your grave, but the guy was funny (his Forrest Gump impression alone was to die for). And who can forget that insane cackle at the end of every episode?

Also starring every single TV/movie star from the 80s and early 90s. This show was like Law and Order: if you were on TV at the time, you were contractually required to be in an episode.

Tom Hanks with the Crypt Keeper

Tom Hanks

Mimi Rogers as Miss Autopsy

Mimi Rogers (subtle humor, that’s what the show was all about)

Morton Downey Jr in Tales from the Crypt

Morton Downey, Jr.

Bogart green screened into Tales from the Crypt

Isabella Rossellini, John Lithgow, and Humphrey Bogart(!)

Lou Diamond Phillips and Priscilla Presley

Lou Diamond Phillips and Priscilla Presley

And many, MANY more

Crypt Sharing Capability: Let’s Make a Night of It

If you’re looking for some laughs, some jump scares, and some gross out bits, this is a good dose of horror that’s not afraid to make fun of itself. Dig up the old gang and laugh at the cheesy early 90s hair and the corpses who are now corpses in real life. And pretend that you’re not afraid to walk out to your car alone afterward. Because these episodes are not scary. Really. I’m fine.

Recommended Level of Embalming: Nice Glass of Cham-PAIN

Or a mug of cold FEAR. How about a Gin and PANIC? Or a TO KILL YA Sunrise? VERY Bloody Mary? Rum and CHOKE?

Don’t groan, the Crypt Keeper’s puns were worse.

Use of Your Screaming Subscription: Humor in a Jugular Vein

Yet another heir of the great Twilight Zone. The morals aren’t as obvious and the gore is rather gratuitous. But hey, sometimes you have to laugh at a guy getting buried alive or an adulterous couple getting their heads swapped.

Brian wrote his first YA novel when he was down and out in Mexico. He now lives in Missouri with his wonderful wife and daughter. He divides his time between writing and working as a school librarian. Brian still misses the preachy YA books of the eighties.