Tales from the Crypt (TV series)/Trivia

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Acting for Two: Tim Curry plays an entire family in "Death of Some Salesmen".
  • All-Star Cast: Sort of the entire point. Everyone from Christopher Reeve to Ben Stein showed up at some point.
  • Edited for Syndication: You better believe it. FOX used to run repeats in their prime-time line-up during the mid-1990s (mostly on Saturday nights after the local news), and the series later turned up on basic cable channels, like the Sci Fi Channel and AMC. The show on all three networks was edited for gore, sexual content, nudity, violence, explicit language, and, of course, making room for commercial breaks.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Due to the show's anthology structure and penchant for casting well-known actors as guest stars, this happens at least twice an episode.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The Crypt Keeper was voiced by John Kassir (whom most Tiny Toon Adventures fans will recognize as Charlie Adler's replacement for Buster Bunny). In "The Third Pig", animation fans would probably recognize Cam Clarke as Dudley, Charlie Adler as Smokey, Brad Garrett as Drinky, Jim Cummings as the Judge and Bobcat Goldthwait as the Wolf.
    • Clarke also did vocal work in "People Who Live in Brass Hearses" and "The Assassin".
  • In Memoriam: The end of the pinball game's credits reads "In Loving Memory of William Gaines", the publisher and co-editor of the original EC Comics.
  • Promoted Fanboy: John Kassir read and collected the comics when he was a kid.
  • Real Life Relative: "Lower Berth" guest stars Jeff Yagher, who is the older brother of Kevin Yagher (who not only directed said episode, but was a key person behind the Crypt Keeper's effects).
  • What Could Have Been: Besides Demon Knight, there were plans for two more movies. Dead Easy (a New Orleans zombie romp) which would possibly have opened the following Halloween that year, and Body Count (about a documentarian who discovers his uncle's dark secret).
    • Demon Knight was supposed to be the second film in the original proposed trilogy, but Universal Studios thought it should go first because it was "the most Tales-like" feature out of the three. Ironically, it ended up being the only one made.
    • Peter Jackson had his own pitch for a movie entry: The Frighteners. Producers deemed it as being strong enough to be released as a completely stand-alone movie.