Horror Art – Tales From the Crypt comics – cover art

Tales From the Crypt comics cover art

Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror were very popular horror comics in 1950 to 1955. After a congressional hearing on violent comic books and their effects on children, Tales from The Crypt ceased its publications, but its impact on the horror scene is still felt to this day.

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Years later, these comics spawned two movies from Amicus Film Studios. Some years after that the HBO series Tales from the Crypt ran for seven seasons. During that time there were also two additional movie releases.

Amicus Films released Tales From The Crypt (1972) and Vault of Horror (1973) based on the comics.
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Tales From the Crypt series on HBO (1989 to 1996). While the comic had three “hosts” trading stories, the series settled on one host, the Cryptkeeper, to introduce the episodes.

The 1990’s Tales From the Crypt series spawned two films: Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) and Tales From The Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996).
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A cartoon series called Tales from the Cryptkeeper produced 39 episodes from 1993 to 1997. The cartoon however, was aimed at children and was very mild compared to the Tales From the Crypt legacy. (Think Scooby-Doo, not El SuperBeasto).

(late breaking news: apparently there was a 3rd Tales From The Crypt film in 2001 called Ritual, which I did not know about and judging by the reviews… ignorance is bliss.)
Of course, I own all of these movies and series, (with the exception of Ritual and the animated Tales From the Cryptkeeper). I will review them all in time but that’s the subject for a different post.