List of Tales from the Crypt episodes

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The following is a list of episodes for the television series Tales from the Crypt, which aired from 1989–1996 for seven seasons. There were a total of 93 episodes and three feature-length films.

Series overview[edit]

Tales from the Crypt series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 June 10, 1989 June 28, 1989
2 18 April 21, 1990 July 31, 1990
3 14 June 15, 1991 August 28, 1991
4 14 June 27, 1992 September 16, 1992
5 13 October 2, 1993 December 8, 1993
6 15 October 31, 1994 January 25, 1995
7 13 April 19, 1996 July 19, 1996


Season 1 (1989)[edit]

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1 1 "The Man Who Was Death" Crypt of Terror #17 (#1) Walter Hill Robert Reneau and Walter Hill June 10, 1989 (June 10, 1989)

A prison executioner named Niles Talbot (William Sadler) is laid off from his job and begins administering his own style of justice to acquitted murder suspects.

Also starring Gerrit Graham and Roy Brocksmith.
2 2 "And All Through the House" Vault of Horror #35 (#24) Robert Zemeckis Fred Dekker June 10, 1989 (June 10, 1989)
A greedy philandering wife (Mary Ellen Trainor) kills her second husband (Marshall Bell) for his insurance money. Upon getting rid of the body, she is unexpectedly attacked by a hideous escaped mental patient (Larry Drake) dressed as Santa Claus who has been going around killing women. She soon realizes that her own young daughter is in complete danger from within the horrific situation.
3 3 "Dig That Cat… He's Real Gone" Haunt of Fear #21 Richard Donner Terry Black June 10, 1989 (June 10, 1989)

A carnival daredevil (Joe Pantoliano) is buried alive for his grand finale. Through flashbacks, he tells the viewers on how he was formerly a homeless man who had undergone a doctor's experiment in order to transfer a cat's nine lives into him. He suddenly remembers that he forgot that he only has eight lives, because the cat had to die the first time.

Also starring Robert Wuhl.
4 4 "Only Sin Deep" Haunt of Fear #24 Howard Deutch Fred Dekker June 14, 1989 (June 14, 1989)
A young self-obsessed prostitute (Lea Thompson) "sells" her looks to a voodoo-dabbling pawnbroker (Britt Leach) so that she can use the money in order to snag a rich bachelor (Brett Cullen), but she soon regrets it four months later when her own face begins to shockingly and unexpectedly age at an accelerated rate.
5 5 "Lover Come Hack to Me" Haunt of Fear #19 Tom Holland Michael McDowell June 21, 1989 (June 21, 1989)
A newlywed couple (Amanda Plummer and Stephen Shellen) retreats to the mansion of the wife's aunt in which the husband plans to kill her for her inheritance, but he soon learns that his wife's family has a dark past and that the wife herself is not who she seems to be.
6 6 "Collection Completed" Vault of Horror #25 (#14) Mary Lambert Battle Davis & Randolph Davis and A. Whitney Brown June 28, 1989 (June 28, 1989)
An uptight elderly man (M. Emmet Walsh) retires and soon discovers his wife's (Audra Lindley) obsession with adopting animals into their home, leading him to use the animals for a hobby of his own.

Season 2 (1990)[edit]

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7 1 "Dead Right" Shock SuspenStories #6 Howard Deutch Andy Wolk April 21, 1990 (April 21, 1990)

A gold-digging secretary (Demi Moore) follows the advice of a fortune teller (Natalia Nogulich) and marries a slob of a man (Jeffrey Tambor) after being told that he will die shortly after inheriting a large sum of money, but the fortune teller's prediction comes true in a way that the gold-digger herself does not see coming.

Also starring Kate Hodge and Linda Cohn.
8 2 "The Switch" Tales From the Crypt #45 Arnold Schwarzenegger Michael Taav April 21, 1990 (April 21, 1990)

A rich elderly bachelor (William Hickey) wants to impress a young woman (Kelly Preston) and meets up with a doctor who helps him switch his body with a younger man (Rick Rossovich).

Also starring Ian Abercrombie, Mark Pellegrino and Roy Brocksmith. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who directed this episode, appears in the cold open with the Cryptkeeper introducing the story.
9 3 "Cutting Cards" Tales From the Crypt #32 Walter Hill Mae Woods April 21, 1990 (April 21, 1990)

Two rival gamblers (Lance Henriksen and Kevin Tighe) face off in a series of gruesome games in order to see on who'll leave town when all is said and done.

Also starring Roy Brocksmith.
10 4 "'Til Death" Vault of Horror #28 Chris Walas Jeri Barchilon April 24, 1990 (April 24, 1990)

A land owner (D.W. Moffett) woos a haughty rich woman (Pamela Gien) with a potion from a voodoo priestess (Janet Hubert) that contains a deadly warning. Things go awry when he does not listen to the warnings.

Also starring Aubrey Morris.
11 5 "Three's a Crowd" Shock SuspenStories #11 David Burton Morris Kim Steven Ketelsen May 1, 1990 (May 1, 1990)
A down-on-their-luck couple (Gavan O'Herlihy and Ruth de Sosa) are invited to a cabin owned by their wealthy former best man (Paul Lieber), but the unstable husband is convinced that his wife is having an affair.
12 6 "The Thing From the Grave" Tales From the Crypt #22 Fred Dekker Fred Dekker May 8, 1990 (May 8, 1990)
A supermodel (Teri Hatcher) and her photographer (Kyle Secor) fall in love. When the model's abusive boyfriend (Miguel Ferrer) learns of their affair, he sets out to kill the two of them. However, he soon gets a nasty surprise as love proves to be quite very strong, even in death itself.
13 7 "The Sacrifice" Shock SuspenStories #10 Richard Greenberg Ross Thomas May 15, 1990 (May 15, 1990)
An insurance agent (Kevin Kilner) kills his obnoxious client (Don Hood) in a plot to take his money and his wife (Kim Delaney). He soon finds out however that this will be quite very difficult for him when someone (Michael Ironside) shows up to blackmail him for the murder.
14 8 "For Cryin' Out Loud" Shock SuspenStories #15 Jeffrey Price Peter S. Seaman May 22, 1990 (May 22, 1990)

A greedy rock promoter (Lee Arenberg) plans to run off with all of the donation money that was raised and accumulated from within a series of "Save the Amazon Rainforest" charity benefit concerts, but things unexpectedly get complicated when it turns out that his hearing problems were nothing more than his own hidden conscience (voiced by Sam Kinison). To make matters worse, a greedy banker (Katey Sagal) soon blackmails the promoter.

Also starring Iggy Pop as himself.
15 9 "Four-Sided Triangle" Shock SuspenStories #17 Tom Holland James Tugend May 29, 1990 (May 29, 1990)

A young farmhand (Patricia Arquette) suffers a head injury and soon believes in a delusional state that a scarecrow is her lover.

Also starring Chelcie Ross and Susan Blommaert as her abusive employers, one of whom also tries to have an affair with the farmhand.
16 10 "The Ventriloquist's Dummy" Tales From the Crypt #28 Richard Donner Frank Darabont June 5, 1990 (June 5, 1990)
A young ventriloquist (Bobcat Goldthwait) wants to improve his craft and seeks out help from his old hero (Don Rickles), but he soon finds out about his own hidden secret.
17 11 "Judy, You're Not Yourself Today" Tales From the Crypt #25 Randa Haines Scott Nimerfro June 12, 1990 (June 12, 1990)
An elderly cosmetics saleswoman (Frances Bay) visits the home of a young vain and eccentric couple (Brian Kerwin and Carol Kane) and convinces the wife to try on a magic necklace that switches the wife's body with hers.
18 12 "Fitting Punishment" Vault of Horror #16 Jack Sholder Jonathan David Kahn & Don Mancini June 19, 1990 (June 19, 1990)
A funeral home director (Moses Gunn) cuts corners when it comes to his own line of work. Following a tragic car crash, he is made the legal guardian of his teenage nephew (Jon Clair). The nephew is eventually made as an apprentice mortician in order to earn his room and board and soon comes to resent the mean-spirited behavior and stinginess of his uncle. For the uncle, it may come full circle when he quotes the Bible often.
19 13 "Korman's Kalamity" Tales From the Crypt #31 Rowdy Herrington Terry Black June 26, 1990 (June 26, 1990)

An employee of the Tales from the Crypt comic (Harry Anderson) is put-upon by his shrewish wife (Colleen Camp) to take potent fertility pills. After a series of weird and bizarre monster attacks, an attractive policewoman (Cynthia Gibb) interrogates the cartoonist, believing that he is somehow making his stories come true. The cartoonist must figure out the cause of the threat while also struggling with his own personal feelings for the policewoman.

Also starring Richard Schiff.
20 14 "Lower Berth" Tales From the Crypt #33 Kevin Yagher Fred Dekker July 3, 1990 (July 3, 1990)

A two-faced circus sideshow freak (Jeff Yagher) falls in love with a 4000-year-old mummy which is said to be cursed.

Also starring Lewis Arquette, Stefan Gierasch, and Mark Rolston as his abusive captors.
21 15 "Mute Witness to Murder" Crypt of Terror #18 Jim Simpson Nancy Doyne July 10, 1990 (July 10, 1990)
After witnessing a brutal murder, a woman (Patricia Clarkson) goes mute and is cared for by a psychiatrist (Richard Thomas) who had committed the murder himself and soon finds out that this woman had witnessed the murder (and wants the woman to be silenced forever).
22 16 "Television Terror" Haunt of Fear #17 Charlie Picerni Randall Jahnson July 17, 1990 (July 17, 1990)
A tabloid news show host (Morton Downey, Jr.) and his camera crew investigate an abandoned house which is allegedly haunted by the ghost of a woman who had killed seven men. The host and the crew get more than they bargained for when a chain of supernatural happenings indeed begin taunting and haunting them. All of this is aired on live TV.
23 17 "My Brother's Keeper" Shock SuspenStories #16 Peter S. Seaman Jeffrey Price July 24, 1990 (July 24, 1990)

The relationship between Siamese twin brothers (Timothy Stack and Jonathan Stark) becomes strained when the good twin doesn't want to be separated from the bad twin.

Also starring Jessica Harper.
24 18 "The Secret" Haunt of Fear #24 J. Michael Riva Doug Ronning July 31, 1990 (July 31, 1990)

A 12-year-old young orphan is adopted by a rich childless couple (William Frankfather and Grace Zabriskie) who harbor a dark secret. However, the couple themselves do not realize that the young orphan has a dark secret of his own.

Also stars Larry Drake.

Season 3 (1991)[edit]

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25 1 "Loved to Death" Tales From The Crypt #25 Tom Mankiewicz Joe Minion June 15, 1991 (June 15, 1991)

A writer (Andrew McCarthy) has a neighbor (Mariel Hemingway) who is his own object of personal desire. He is aided by his landlord (David Hemmings) who gives him a love potion. He finally gains over the woman's affections, only to regret his choice after the woman's obsessive love and their torrid affair becomes too much for him to take and handle.

Also starring Kathleen Freeman as the next door neighbor.
26 2 "Carrion Death" Shock SuspenStories #9 Steven E. de Souza Steven E. de Souza June 15, 1991 (June 15, 1991)
An escaped con (Kyle MacLachlan) who is running for the Mexican border ends up killing a state trooper (George Del Hoyo), but in the process is cuffed to him (after he has swallowed the key) and has to drag the heavy corpse across the desert to freedom whilst being stalked by a hungry vulture.
27 3 "The Trap" Shock SuspenStories #18 Michael J. Fox Scott Alexander June 15, 1991 (June 15, 1991)

A scheming jerk (Bruce McGill) who cannot hold down a job and is verbally and physically abusive to his wife (Teri Garr) hatches a plan to fake his own death and collect his life insurance money. However, he is shocked to discover that both his long-suffering wife and brother (Bruno Kirby) have double-crossed him.

Michael J. Fox, who directed this episode, plays the prosecutor, and James Tolkan plays a policeman investigating the "murder scene".
28 4 "Abra Cadaver" Tales From The Crypt #37 (As Dead Right!) Stephen Hopkins Jim Birge June 19, 1991 (June 19, 1991)

A doctor (Tony Goldwyn) who plays too many pranks soon finds out that revenge can be a harrowing event when his brother (Beau Bridges) (also a doctor) makes him the guinea pig of a new serum that mimics death.

Note: Based on the story "Dead Right!" renamed for television
29 5 "Top Billing" The Vault of Horror #39 Todd Holland Myles Berkowitz June 26, 1991 (June 26, 1991)

A struggling actor (Jon Lovitz) kills off his competition (Bruce Boxleitner) in order to secure a part in a strange production of Hamlet, only to discover that the actors are escaped mental patients (and criminals) and that instead he's to play the part of the long-deceased Yorick -- for real.

Also starring John Astin, Paul Benedict, Kimmy Robertson, Louise Fletcher, and Sandra Bernhard.
30 6 "Dead Wait" The Vault of Horror #23 Tobe Hooper Gilbert Adler July 3, 1991 (July 3, 1991)

A thug (James Remar) who's working for a plantation owner (John Rhys-Davies) teams up with the owner's mistress (Vanity) in order to steal a highly valuable black pearl. He later double-crosses the mistress only to be double-crossed himself by a mysterious priestess.

Also starring Whoopi Goldberg as the mysterious priestess who also appears as herself in the outro being interviewed by the Crypt Keeper.
31 7 "The Reluctant Vampire" The Vault of Horror #20 Elliot Silverstein Terry Black July 10, 1991 (July 10, 1991)

A vampire (Malcolm McDowell) eschews the tradition of attacking mortals, satiating his need for blood by working as a night watchman at a blood bank, but the owner (George Wendt) soon realizes that his own business is being sucked dry and warns of bankruptcy. The vampire must return to his old ways in order to replete his "embezzlement", so he tries to solve his quandary by attacking dangerous criminals, all whilst struggling with the romantic advances of a cute secretary (Sandra Dickinson).

Also starring Michael Berryman and Paul Gleason.
32 8 "Easel Kill Ya" The Vault of Horror #31 John Harrison Larry Wilson July 17, 1991 (July 17, 1991)
An artist (Tim Roth) who can't seem to sell any of his work soon encounters a mysterious collector of morbid artwork (William Atherton), but he has to keep producing ghoulish artworks in order to satisfy his new customer, which soon leads him down a dark and dangerous path.
33 9 "Undertaking Palor" Tales From The Crypt #39 Michael Thau Ron Finley July 24, 1991 (July 24, 1991)
A group of young local kids (Jason Marshden, Scott Fults, Aron Eisenberg, and Jonathan Ke Quan), aspiring to be horror filmmakers, break into the local mortuary in order to see a real dead body. However, they soon stumble upon a sinister conspiracy of murder and greed involving the town's pharmacist (Graham Jarvis) and a local mortician (John Glover), in which the boys themselves plan to expose by taking the law into their own hands and film evidence of the mortician's murderous dealings, all whilst the situation itself becomes quite very personal for one of the boys as he seeks to avenge his late father, who had died in the past from poisoned asthma medicine.
34 10 "Mournin' Mess" Tales From The Crypt #38 Manny Coto Manny Coto July 31, 1991 (July 31, 1991)

A down-on-his-luck reporter (Steven Weber), who is currently investigating several bizarre homeless murders, soon discovers that the murders themselves may in fact be related to an organization called the Grateful Homeless Outcasts and Unwanted Layaway Society (G.H.O.U.L.S.), whose charitable façade hides a horrific secret.

Also starring Rita Wilson, Ally Walker, and Vincent Schiavelli.
35 11 "Split Second" Shock SuspenStories #4 Russell Mulcahy Richard Christian Matheson August 7, 1991 (August 7, 1991)
A beautiful but loose barmaid (Michelle Johnson) marries a rich lumberjack (Brion James) who offers her a comfortable lifestyle. When the marriage soon turns sour, especially in the bedroom due to her husband's violent jealous streak, she brings him over the edge when she begins seducing another lumberjack (Billy Wirth) in order to relieve her boredom.
36 12 "Deadline" Shock SuspenStories #12 Walter Hill Mae Woods August 14, 1991 (August 14, 1991)

When a down-on-his-luck alcoholic reporter (Richard Jordan) swears to give up drinking in order to get his old job back, he soon meets a woman (Marg Helgenberger) and the two begin having a fling.

Also starring Richard Herd and Jon Polito.
37 13 "Spoiled" Haunt of Fear #26 Andy Wolk Connie Johnson August 21, 1991 (August 21, 1991)
A housewife (Faye Grant) who is quite very obsessed with soap operas (especially with the concepts of both passion and romance) and watches them religiously is personally annoyed that her own husband (Alan Rachins) (a doctor obsessed with experimenting on a rabbit) doesn't spend much time with her, so she begins a steamy affair with a cable guy (Anthony LaPaglia). The doctor soon wonders if maybe he could try his experiment on human subjects.
38 14 "Yellow" Shock SuspenStories #1 Robert Zemeckis Jim Thomas and John Thomas & Gilbert Adler and A.L. Katz August 28, 1991 (August 28, 1991)

Set in 1918, the final year of World War I, a general's (Kirk Douglas) son (Eric Douglas) is branded yellow for causing the death of a platoon under his command because he had failed to do his job of warning them in case of an enemy sneak attack and is sentenced to death by firing squad. From within the night before the execution, the general tells the son that he has swapped the bullets with blanks, so that the son can survive the planned execution.

Also starring Dan Aykroyd and Lance Henriksen.

Note: This is the only episode of the entire series to run longer than 30 minutes. Director Robert Zemekis used this episode to pay homage to Stanley Kubrick's 1957 film Paths of Glory, which also starred Kirk Douglas and featured some similar themes.[1] Father-and-son actors Kirk and Eric Douglas portray father and son on screen.

Season 4 (1992)[edit]

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39 1 "None but the Lonely Heart" Tales From The Crypt #33 Tom Hanks Donald Longtooth June 27, 1992 (June 27, 1992)

A con man (Treat Williams) finds a new wealthy widow (Frances Sternhagen) excited to have his company, but it seems that someone is on to him as he soon gets a series of notes warning him to stop on what he's doing or else risk facing the dire consequences. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard makes a cameo appearance as the gravedigger.

Tom Hanks, who directed this episode, also makes a cameo appearance as the video dating service owner.
40 2 "This'll Kill Ya" Crime SuspenStories #23 Robert Longo A. L. Katz June 27, 1992 (June 27, 1992)

A scientist (Dylan McDermott) decides to get revenge when he suspects that his own lab partners (Sonia Braga and Cleavon Little) have double-crossed him by purposely injecting him with a deadly experimental virus cell with no antidote.

Note: This was Cleavon Little's final acting performance. He died four months after this episode aired.
41 3 "On a Deadman's Chest" Haunt of Fear #12 William Friedkin Larry Wilson June 27, 1992 (June 27, 1992)

A rock star (Yul Vazquez) gets an unwanted chest tattoo from a mysterious artist (Heavy D) of his guitarist's wife that he hates (Tia Carrere), which seems to have a life of its own and won't go away even after he murders the object of his hatred.

Also starring Sherrie Rose as the rock star's groupie, with special appearances by musicians Gregg Allman (as the club owner), Rudy Sarzo (uncredited as Exorcist's bass player), and Steve Jones (as Exorcist's roadie).
42 4 "Seance" Vault of Horror #25 Gary Fleder Harry Anderson July 4, 1992 (July 4, 1992)
Two con artists (Ben Cross and Cathy Moriarty) attempt to swindle a rich tycoon (John Vernon), but when they end up accidentally killing him, they turn to tricking his blind wife (Ellen Crawford) by acting as her medium and holding a mock seance.
43 5 "Beauty Rest" Vault of Horror #35 Stephen Hopkins Donald Longtooth July 11, 1992 (July 11, 1992)

An aging model (Mimi Rogers) resorts to murdering her younger rivals (Kathy Ireland and Jennifer Rubin) in order to revive her own modeling career. She soon gets her big break as a contestant in a rather macabre "autopsy" beauty pageant.

Also starring Buck Henry.
44 6 "What's Cookin'" Haunt of Fear #12 Gilbert Adler A. L. Katz July 22, 1992 (July 22, 1992)

A couple's (Christopher Reeve and Bess Armstrong) failing restaurant soon gets a huge boost in both sales and popularity when a mysterious drifter (Judd Nelson) gives them a steak recipe that's made of human flesh.

Also starring Meat Loaf.
45 7 "The New Arrival" Haunt of Fear #25 Peter Medak Ron Finley July 25, 1992 (July 25, 1992)

A psychologist (David Warner) attempts to boost his sagging radio show ratings by doing a series of episodes from the home of a strange woman (Zelda Rubenstein) who wants help for her deeply disturbed child.

Also starring Joan Severance, Twiggy, and Robert Patrick.
46 8 "Showdown" Two-Fisted Tales #37 Richard Donner Frank Darabont August 1, 1992 (August 1, 1992)
After killing a Texas ranger (David Morse), a remorseless gunslinger (Neil Giuntoli) soon gets his comeuppance when all of his past victims come back to haunt him in the ghost town of where he takes residence in.
47 9 "King of the Road" Original Script {see below} Tom Holland Randall Jahnson August 8, 1992 (August 8, 1992)

A police officer (Raymond J. Barry) revives his past life as a street racer when a cocky young racer (Brad Pitt) kidnaps the officer's daughter in order to blackmail him into one last street race.

Note: The "Two-Fisted Tales" comic book cover shown in the episode is a spoof. This tale came from a script for a planned movie "Two-Fisted Tales" which was based on the comic book series of the same name along with TFTC stories "Yellow" and "Showdown."
48 10 "Maniac at Large" Crime SuspenStories #27 John Frankenheimer Mae Woods August 19, 1992 (August 19, 1992)

A librarian (Blythe Danner) becomes obsessed with a serial killer and believes that she is his next victim.

Also starring Salome Jens, Clarence Williams III, Adam Ant, and Obba Babatunde.
49 11 "Split Personality" Vault of Horror #30 Joel Silver Fred Dekker August 26, 1992 (August 26, 1992)

A con man (Joe Pesci) tricks a pair of reclusive twin sisters (Jacqueline Alexandra Citron and Kristen Amber Citron) into dating him so that he can steal their inheritance. However, he soon gets a nasty surprise when he shockingly discovers that the twins themselves are harboring a dark and dangerous secret.

Featuring brief appearances by Burt Young and Joe Pantoliano.
50 12 "Strung Along" Vault of Horror #33 Kevin Yagher Yale Udoff September 2, 1992 (September 2, 1992)
A game of deception ensues when a golden-age puppeteer (Donald O'Connor), with a young and dominant wife (Patricia Charbonneau), is given a chance to revive his act for a tribute show and takes on an animatronic puppeteer (Zach Galligan) as his new assistant.
51 13 "Werewolf Concerto" Vault of Horror #16 Steve Perry Scott Nimerfro September 9, 1992 (September 9, 1992)

A group of guests at a hotel suspect that one of them may in fact be a werewolf at the time when the hotel manager (Dennis Farina) has hired a professional werewolf hunter (Timothy Dalton).

Also starring Beverly D'Angelo, Reginald Veljohnson, Lela Rochon, Charles Fleischer, Walter Gotell, and Wolfgang Puck as the hotel's master chef.
52 14 "Curiosity Killed" Tales From The Crypt #36 Elliot Silverstein Stanley Ralph Ross September 16, 1992 (September 16, 1992)
An elderly man (Kevin McCarthy) is let in on the secret of a youth potion whilst camping in the woods, and entrusts another couple (J.A. Preston and Madge Sinclair) to keep it from his own bitter, overbearing wife (Margot Kidder).

Season 5 (1993)[edit]

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53 1 "Death of Some Salesmen" The Haunt of Fear #15 Gilbert Adler A. L. Katz October 2, 1993 (October 2, 1993)

A sneaky cemetery plot salesman (Ed Begley, Jr.) finds new victims (triple role played by Tim Curry) in the form of a strange hillbilly family with a fortune buried in their basement and a burning hatred for conning salesmen.

Also starring Yvonne De Carlo.
54 2 "As Ye Sow" Shock SuspenStories #14 Kyle MacLachlan Ron Finley October 2, 1993 (October 2, 1993)

Thinking and believing that his own wife (Patsy Kensit) is cheating on him, a jealous husband (Héctor Elizondo) hires a detective (Sam Waterston) and is led to truly believe that she is indeed having an affair with the local priest (John Shea).

Featuring cameos from Adam West and Miguel Ferrer.
55 3 "Forever Ambergris" Tales from the Crypt #44 Gary Fleder Scott Rosenberg October 2, 1993 (October 2, 1993)
After playing second fiddle to an up-and-coming photographer named Isaac Forte (Steve Buscemi), a seasoned but washed-up combat photographer named Dalton (Roger Daltrey) cooks up a deadly scheme in order to take him out and get his beautiful wife (Lysette Anthony).
56 4 "Food for Thought" Tales from the Crypt #40 Roman Flender Larry Wilson October 6, 1993 (October 6, 1993)

A carnival psychic and part-time cook named Sambini (Ernie Hudson) goes off the deep jealous end when he soon finds out that his wife and assistant (Joan Chen) is in love with the show's fire-eater (John Laughlin).

Also starring Phil Fondacaro.
57 5 "People Who Live in Brass Hearses" The Vault of Horror #27 Russell Mulcahy Scott Nimerfro October 13, 1993 (October 13, 1993)
A crook with an addiction to butter (Bill Paxton), with the help of his brother (Brad Dourif), sets out to get revenge on an ice cream truck driver (Michael Lerner) who had put him in prison years ago.
58 6 "Two for the Show" Crime SuspenStories #17 Kevin Hooks Gilbert Adler October 20, 1993 (October 20, 1993)

A murderous husband (David Paymer) and a cop with his own marital issues (Vincent Spano) get caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse aboard a train.

Also starring Traci Lords.
59 7 "House of Horror" Tales From The Crypt #21 Bob Gale Bob Gale October 27, 1993 (October 27, 1993)
Three fraternity pledges (Wil Wheaton, Jason London, and Keith Coogan) are challenged to get to the top floor of a haunted house as a part of their initiation. However, when two of the pledges fail to return, the sadistic fraternity leader decides to head up to the top floor of the house in order to look for them himself, only to shockingly learn that a local sorority harbors a sinister secret involving the house.
60 8 "Well Cooked Hams" Tales from the Crypt #27 Elliot Silverstein Andrew Kevin Walker November 3, 1993 (November 3, 1993)

In a desperate attempt to spice up his act, a hack turn-of-the-century magician (Billy Zane) kills a rival magician (Martin Sheen) and steals his famed prop, the Box of Death.

Also starring Maryam d'Abo.
61 9 "Creep Course" The Haunt of Fear #23 Jeffrey Boam William Gaines November 10, 1993 (November 10, 1993)
A bookworm (Nina Siemaszko) is tricked by a jock (Anthony Michael Hall) and their evil Egyptologist professor (Jeffrey Jones) into becoming a virgin sacrifice for a long preserved mummy.
62 10 "Came the Dawn" Shock Suspenstories #9 Uli Edel Ron Finley November 17, 1993 (November 17, 1993)

A female hitchhiker (Brooke Shields) catches a ride with a seemingly timid man (Perry King), who soon reveals a dark and dangerous secret to her while they spend the night together at his cabin.

Also starring Michael J. Pollard.
63 11 "Oil's Well That Ends Well" Tales from the Crypt #34 Paul Abascal Scott Nimerfro November 24, 1993 (November 24, 1993)

A con artist (Lou Diamond Phillips) and his girlfriend (Priscilla Presley) plan their next caper by tricking some Southern boys into thinking there is oil underneath a cemetery.

Also starring Alan Ruck and Rory Calhoun.

Note: This is the only episode to have John Kassir starring in an on-screen role other than providing the voice of the Crypt Keeper.
64 12 "Half-Way Horrible" The Vault of Horror #26 Gregory Widen William Gaines December 1, 1993 (December 1, 1993)
A ruthless businessman (Clancy Brown) learns and discovers that all of his key partners who are currently working on a new preservative drug for his company are being murdered one by one and that the killer may indeed be quite very close to him than he thinks. Also starring Cheech Marin and Costas Mandylor
65 13 "Till Death Do We Part" The Haunt of Fear #12 W. Peter Iliff W. Peter Iliff December 8, 1993 (December 8, 1993)

A stud (John Stamos) who is involved with a female mob boss (Eileen Brennan) begins a forbidden affair with a young waitress (Kate Vernon) and is ordered to kill her himself when his Mafia girlfriend soon finds out about the liaison.

Also starring Robert Picardo and Frank Stallone.

Season 6 (1994–95)[edit]

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66 1 "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime" Vault of Horror #33 Russell Mulcahy Ron Finley October 31, 1994 (October 31, 1994)
Busted for a moving violation in the remote town of Stuecksville, a predatory and shameless ambulance-chasing lawyer (Catherine O'Hara) finds herself being sent to a nightmarish court for petty crimes that is presided over by three judges (Joseph Maher in a triple role) as her appointed lawyer (Peter MacNicol) tries to get one of the judges of each trial to get her to do a public service to Stuecksville.
67 2 "Only Skin Deep" Tales from the Crypt #38 William Malone Dick Beebe October 31, 1994 (October 31, 1994)
Coming off of a bad relationship, a man with a history of violent behavior (Peter Onorati) picks up a mysterious masked woman (Sherrie Rose) at a Halloween party, who is even more unstable than he is.
68 3 "Whirlpool" Vault of Horror #32 Mick Garris Gilbert Adler October 31, 1994 (October 31, 1994)

A struggling comic book artist (Rita Rudner) finds herself in a time warp where her day is in an endless loop with a different tragic outcome.

Also starring Richard Lewis and Blake Clark.
69 4 "Operation Friendship" Tales From The Crypt #41 Roland Mesa Rob Ross November 9, 1994 (November 9, 1994)

A computer nerd (Tate Donovan) is tormented by his imaginary friend (Peter Dobson) after ignoring him for years.

Featuring Ethan Suplee.
70 5 "Revenge is the Nuts" Vault of Horror #20 Jonas McCord Shel Willens November 16, 1994 (November 16, 1994)

A sadistic caregiver (Anthony Zerbe) at a home for the blind gets his comeuppance by the many victims (Issac Hayes, Bibi Besch, Tim Sampson, and Teri Polo) he abused and his brother (John Savage).

Note: This episode's plot is adapted from Blind Alleys which was told in Tales From The Crypt #46
71 6 "The Bribe" Shock SuspenStories #7 Ramón Menéndez Scott Nimerfro November 23, 1994 (November 23, 1994)

A fire inspector (Terry O'Quinn) gets more than he bargained for when a sleazy strip club owner (Esai Morales) bribes him with a dangerous offer.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley plays his daughter and Benicio del Toro plays Bill, a security guard at the strip club.
72 7 "The Pit" Vault of Horror #40 John Harrison John Harrison November 30, 1994 (November 30, 1994)

Two martial artists (Mark Dacascos and Stoney Jackson) are forced to fight to the death by their domineering wives (Debbe Dunning and Marjean Holden).

Also stars Wayne Newton.
73 8 "The Assassin" Shock SuspenStories #17 Martin von Haselberg Scott Nimerfro December 7, 1994 (December 7, 1994)

A group of operatives invade the home of a housewife (Shelley Hack) in search of her husband whom they believe is an AWOL CIA assassin.

Also stars Corey Feldman, Jonathan Banks, Chelsea Field, and the uncredited voice of Cam Clarke.
74 9 "Staired in Horror" Vault of Horror #23 Stephen Hopkins Teller December 14, 1994 (December 14, 1994)

A man (D. B. Sweeney) on the run finds refuge in a house owned by a woman (Rachel Ticotin), whose house and stairway are cursed.

Also stars R. Lee Ermey.
75 10 "In the Groove" Crime SuspenStories #21 Vincent Spano Jack Temchin December 21, 1994 (December 21, 1994)

A talk radio show host (Miguel Ferrer) finally becomes successful and resorts to murder in order to keep himself on top.

Also stars Slash, Wendie Malick, and Linda Doucett.
76 11 "Surprise Party" Vault of Horror #37 Elliot Silverstein Colman deKay December 28, 1994 (December 28, 1994)

A man (Adam Storke) murders his father (Rance Howard) in order to inherit a house that had burned down years ago, but he soon gets a nasty surprise when he learns that the house itself harbors a horrible legacy.

Also stars Jake Busey.
77 12 "Doctor of Horror" Vault of Horror #13 Larry Wilson Larry Wilson January 4, 1995 (January 4, 1995)

Two bumbling security guards, Richard (Hank Azaria) and Charlie (Travis Tritt), help aid a mad doctor (Austin Pendleton) in his quest to steal the souls from recently dead corpses.

Also stars Ben Stein.
78 13 "Comes the Dawn" Haunt of Fear #26 John Herzfeld William Gaines January 11, 1995 (January 11, 1995)

Two cheating U.S. Army poachers, the Colonel (Michael Ironside) and the Sergeant (Bruce Payne), find themselves becoming the hunted while on a trip in the Arctic.

Also stars Vivian Wu and Susan Tyrrell.
79 14 "99 & 44/100 Pure Horror" Vault of Horror #23 Rodman Flender Rodman Flender January 18, 1995 (January 18, 1995)
A narcissistic young artist with a penchant for gore (Cristi Conaway) goes on a psychotic rampage when her husband (Bruce Davison), a soap company magnate fires her.
80 15 "You, Murderer" Shock SuspenStories #14 Robert Zemeckis A. L. Katz January 25, 1995 (January 25, 1995)

Lou Spinelli, a corpse who bears a striking resemblance to Humphrey Bogart (portrayed by him through archive footage and voiced by Robert Sacchi), tells a tale of deception, lust, and murder in a morbid homage to film noir.

Also stars John Lithgow as Dr. Oscar Charles, Isabella Rossellini as his ex-wife Betty, and Sherilyn Fenn as his lover Erica.

Season 7 (1996)[edit]

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81 1 "Fatal Caper" Tales From the Crypt #20 Bob Hoskins Gilbert Adler April 19, 1996 (April 19, 1996)

Mycroft, an elderly rich man, adds a stipulation in his will stating that his two sons must find their long-lost brother or else risk having their own inheritance be given away to charity.

Also features Natasha Richardson and Bob Hoskins.
82 2 "Last Respects" Tales From The Crypt #23 Freddie Francis Scott Nimerfro April 26, 1996 (April 26, 1996)
Three sisters named LaVonne (Emma Samms), Delores (Kerry Fox), and Marlice (Julie Cox) think they have found a way out of their own troubles when they soon discover a monkey's paw that grants them their own personal wishes.
83 3 "A Slight Case of Murder" Vault of Horror #33 Brian Helgeland Brian Helgeland May 3, 1996 (May 3, 1996)
A game of cat and mouse ensues between a female mystery novelist (Francesca Annis) and her jealous husband (Christopher Cazenove) when he accuses her of cheating on him with her nosy neighbor's son.
84 4 "Escape" Vault of Horror #16 Peter MacDonald Gilbert Adler May 17, 1996 (May 17, 1996)
During World War II, two Germans, a traitor (Martin Kemp), and the man he had betrayed are trapped in a British prison camp, where they must work together as a team in order to escape.
85 5 "Horror in the Night" Vault of Horror #12 Russell Mulcahy John Harrison May 24, 1996 (May 24, 1996)

A jewel thief (James Wilby) hides out in a hotel after being shot and meets a beautiful woman (Elizabeth McGovern) that only he can see.

Also stars Peter Guinness.
86 6 "Cold War" Tales From The Crypt #43 Andrew Morahan Scott Nimerfro May 31, 1996 (May 31, 1996)
Cammy (Jane Horrocks) and Ford (Ewan McGregor) are two lovers on the wrong side of the law, but when Cammy has had enough and decides to get out, she brings home a man that reminds them on why they're perfect for each other.
87 7 "The Kidnapper" Shock SuspenStories #12 James H. Spencer John Harrison June 7, 1996 (June 7, 1996)
A simple young man (Steve Coogan) takes in a homeless pregnant woman (Julia Sawalha) and falls in love with her, but he becomes envious and jealous when her child is born, so he sets out to get rid of the kid forever.
88 8 "Report from the Grave" Vault of Horror #15 William Malone William Malone June 14, 1996 (June 14, 1996)
After creating a machine that collects thoughts from the dead, which had accidentally resulted in his own lover's death, a young man (James Frain) becomes obsessed with resurrecting her at any cost.
89 9 "Smoke Wrings" Vault of Horror #34 Mandie Fletcher Lisa Sandoval June 21, 1996 (June 21, 1996)
A young man (Daniel Craig) with a strange device is hired into an advertising company by an esteemed executive. What the executive does not know is that the young man is scheming with the woman's enraged ex-partner (Paul Freeman), who seeks revenge against her.
90 10 "About Face" Haunt of Fear #27 Thomas E. Sanders Gilbert Adler June 28, 1996 (June 28, 1996)

A corrupt priest (Anthony Andrews) discovers he is the long-lost father of twin daughters: a beautiful, gentle girl named Angelica and an angry, deformed girl named Leah (played in a double role by Anna Friel).

Also stars Imelda Staunton.
91 11 "Confession" Shock SuspenStories #4 Peter Hewitt Scott Nimerfro July 5, 1996 (July 5, 1996)

A screenwriter (Eddie Izzard) finds himself as the prime suspect when a serial killer is on the rampage, decapitating females in the city.

Also stars Ciarán Hinds.
92 12 "Ear Today… Gone Tomorrow" Haunt of Fear #11 Christopher Hart Ed Tapia July 12, 1996 (July 12, 1996)
Glenn, a gambling safecracker (Robert Lindsay) with a slight hearing loss, finds himself getting entangled in a deadly game between a mobster and his exotic wife. He soon finds he has the auditory system of an owl.
93 13 "The Third Pig" The Three Little Pigs Bill Kopp Patrick A. Ventura July 19, 1996 (July 19, 1996)

In this show's animated version of The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait) slaughters Drinky Pig (voiced by Brad Garrett) and Smokey Pig (Charlie Adler), leaving the third pig Dudley (voiced by Cam Clarke) accused of the murders and found guilty by a jury of wolves. With the ghosts of his dead brothers helping him to escape, Dudley plans to take revenge on the Big Bad Wolf where he uses a laboratory owned by the previous mad scientist to create a zombie pig (also voiced by Brad Garrett) to help him.

While John Kassir was also credited as the narrator and Cam Clarke voicing the Bailiff Wolf, this episode also features the voices of Corey Burton and Jim Cummings as different characters.

Note: This is the only animated episode in the series where its animation was provided by Nelvana.


# Film Title Director Writer(s) Year
1 Tales From the Crypt Freddie Francis Milton Subotsky, Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, William M. Gaines 1972
2 Vault Of Horror Roy Ward Baker Al Feldstein, William M. Gaines, Milton Subotsky 1973
3 Demon Knight Ernest R. Dickerson, Gilbert Adler Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, Gilbert Adler 1995
4 Bordello of Blood Gilbert Adler Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis, A. L. Katz, Gilbert Adler 1996
5 Ritual Avi Nesher Rob Cohen, Avi Nesher 2001


  1. ^ Rhodes, Joe (25 August 1991). "Tales From the Douglas' 'Crypt'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Kirk Douglas is 75 years old and "Yellow" marks the first time he's shared a stage with either of his acting sons... ..."There are really only two movies I wanted to make--one with Michael and one with Eric. I just didn't think I'd be working with Eric first." He might not have gotten the chance if Robert Zemeckis, best known for directing the "Back to the Future" films, hadn't come across "Yellow" in the 1950s E.C. Comics from which all "Tales From the Crypt" stories are drawn. Zemeckis immediately saw the story--with its World War I setting and a plot line involving cowardice, betrayal and firing squads--as a chance to pay homage to Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory," the 1957 anti-war film that featured one of Kirk Douglas' most compelling performances.