Great News News Boils and Ghouls, ‘Tales From the Crypt’ is Coming Back! Bad News, M. Night Shyamalan is Attached
It’s been 20 years since HBO aired the anthology horror series Tales From the Crypt . That show ran from 1989-1996 and was, really, the last great horror anthology show/film, following in the footsteps of The Outer Limits (though that was more sci-fi), Creepshow, The Twilight Zone, and others.
Just like the rest of 80’s a 90’s cinematic culture, it’s coming back!
TBS and TNT President Kevin Reilly was recently asked for more details on the just announced Tales From The Crypt reboot shepherded by M. Night Shyamalan. “It will be an umbrella for many shows, a variety of different genre shows, all united under the Tales brand, some of which will have a weird sense of humor or frightening,” Reilly said of the new program, which will be hourlong.
Pulp horror fans who are a bit too young to know this but Tales From the Crypt was based on and celebrated celebrated the old 1950s EC comic book. The show itself, featured famous actors in different stories of horror and suspense each week. Each tale was presented and wrapped up by its ghoulish host, The Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir). HBO produced several feature films in Demon Knight, Bordello of Blood, and the regrettable Tales from The Hood.
No word on how closely this revamped series follow the originals format or if will include the beloved Cryptkeeper.
A revitalized Crypt series was in the works back in 2011 that was, back then, to be spear headed by Gil Adler, producer on the HBO Crypt series, and Andrew Cosby, co-creator of Syfy hit Eureka. At that time, the premise was to use ongoing series that uses characters from the comic books in a more modern context; characters like the Crypt Keeper, Old Witch & Vault Keeper. So, perhaps, some of those old plans will have carried over to this new deal with TNT.
Let’s just hope TNT appreciates the property they own. Tales is an anthology or it isn’t Tales.