This is not untrue to say that all of us, whether in childhood or adulthood, loved to watch horror series. Remember Ramsay brothers’ creepy weird horror movies like Veerana, Purana Mandir? Well, now it might tickle your bones but at some time in childhood, they sure gave you some shivering. There were many horror TV shows that were popular back then. In the 80s and 90s, people always loved to watch full of suspense, horror and spooky TV shows. One such spooky TV show, that was much loved and watched in America, was HBO’s ‘”Tales from the Crypt“. The show was hugely popular and received many awards for it was amongst America’s superhit TV series.
Not just America, due to its popularity it was seen and appreciated in other parts of the world, too. The spooky series was known for featuring quite violent, nudity and profanity. However, the show had to go through editing in order to be featured on cable TV. The show cast great Hollywood actors like Richard Donner, Walter Hill, etc.
Well, to bring more memories back from this late 80s- early 90s show continue to read:
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried his direction for an episode
You would be surprised to know that Tales from the Crypt was known for attracting the director from the film world to step ahead and direct the show. Even actors were not left behind. Famous celebrity Arnold Schwarzenegger actually directed an episode of the series and he admitted that it was a great deal to have such an experience.
2. The Crypt Keeper’s popping eyes
Crypt Keeper’s eyes were designed by an infamous designer who previously designed creature Chucky. Now watch again the Bride of Chucky and find the similarities between both spooky creatures.
3. Christmas album was released by The Crypt Keeper
Yeah! The craze for creepy Keeper was so high that Crypt Keeper even releases a Christmas album. “Twelve Days of Cryptmas” and “We Wish You’d Bury the Missus”. They went too far, didn’t they?
4. There were two shots for each episode
When Tales from the Crypt was sold to FOX they had to cut and re-edited for all the nudity and sexual content. There was some profanity in dialogues as well that had to be replaced.
5. The show was adapted for a game show
Well, the era was weird, since’ there were a lot of haunted house game shows hosted in the 90s. Secrets of the Crypt Keeper’s Haunted House. Two teams had to compete with each other for five challenges. Each team was named as “scary creatures”. They would enter the haunted house and meet the floating skeleton head with beaming eyes. Now, it all just seems weird.
6. Crypt Keeper did Radio shows
Well, since the series was an anthology the only familiar character was Keeper. Thus, it was introduced that Crypt Keeper would be doing a talk show or interviews on the Radio. John Kassir (voice of Crypt Keeper) would do 50 to 60 radio shows talking to people as Keeper. We see now why Crypt Keeper became too famous back then.
7. It helped HBO to gain its Tag line
HBO was a channel which was free from all sort of restrictions. It was during the screening of Tales from the Crypt that when the light came up somebody from the audience shouted “IT’s not TV” and then another person completed it by saying “IT’s HBO”. Hence, HBO’s Tag line.
8. The final season was shot in Britain
For the last and final season, the show moved to London. This is why the final season was full of English people speaking in a British accent. Amongst new faces were Ewan McGregor and Bob Hoskins.