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Tales From the Crypt making a return with a rebooted series

07.28.2011

During the early-90s there was no show on TV I looked forward to more than "Tales from the Crypt." I taped every episode and matched them up to issues of the comics I had collected (this may very well be the nerdiest sentence I have ever typed). This did nothing for my social life ("Hey girls, want to come over and see my impressive collection of 'Tales from the Crypt' episodes?") but began to shape my appetite for genre and horror. Now, 15 years later, "Tales from the Crypt" is coming back.

Gil Adler, a producer on the original HBO series and Andrew Cosby ("Eureka") are developing a new hourlong series based on the comics. But here's the bad news: it won't be an anthology horror series. Says Cosby, "It will be an ongoing series that uses characters from the comic books in a more modern context." Huh?

The comics didn't have much in the way of returning characters besides The Crypt-Keeper, The Vault-Keeper and The Old Witch but those characters won't be returning. Are they planning some kind of weird "X-Files"/"Fringe" style series? I'm not sure how you can stay true to the comic but not have it be a horror anthology...

The original HBO series ran for seven seasons in the early 90s and attracted an impressive stable of directors including Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner, Walter Hill, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks, William Friedkin, Tobe Hoober and Michael J. Fox.

The series was especially popular at first, spawning three movie spinoffs and even a Saturday morning cartoon series ("Tales from the Crypt Keeper"), but interest eventually waned and and the show was canceled in 1996, just short of 100 episodes.

Producers are currently talking to Cinemax as a possible home for the series (some of the original episodes were heavy on the gore, cursing and nudity) but are not ruling out a broadcast cable or network deal.

Source: Deadline

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11:23AM on 07/29/2011
That synopsis they give for the new series doesn't make any sense at all. What do they mean taking "characters" from the comics and updating them to modern times? What "characters"? Do they mean just updating stories from the comics to modern times? Cause, like, wasn't that what the first TV show was????
That synopsis they give for the new series doesn't make any sense at all. What do they mean taking "characters" from the comics and updating them to modern times? What "characters"? Do they mean just updating stories from the comics to modern times? Cause, like, wasn't that what the first TV show was????
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1:38AM on 07/29/2011
NO CryptKeeper? Ehhh,man I use to bingo nights off work in order to catch the back to back episodes years ago that would run on cable. The Cryptkeeper's voice was the bling that lured me in.
NO CryptKeeper? Ehhh,man I use to bingo nights off work in order to catch the back to back episodes years ago that would run on cable. The Cryptkeeper's voice was the bling that lured me in.
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5:39PM on 07/28/2011
i'll check it out. but this kinda sucks! they should just pick up where they left off! keep the old format! that would be really awesome!
i'll check it out. but this kinda sucks! they should just pick up where they left off! keep the old format! that would be really awesome!
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1:07PM on 07/28/2011
If it's not an anthology, then it's not really coming back, is it?
If it's not an anthology, then it's not really coming back, is it?
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10:18AM on 07/28/2011
Loved Tales From the Crypt. The lure of the show for me was the new stories with new cast every week. I loved the big name actors who would show up from time to time also. Thats what made the show on top of good story telling.
Loved Tales From the Crypt. The lure of the show for me was the new stories with new cast every week. I loved the big name actors who would show up from time to time also. Thats what made the show on top of good story telling.
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10:12AM on 07/28/2011
No Cryptkeeper, no Ocelot Snake
No Cryptkeeper, no Ocelot Snake
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1:42AM on 07/29/2011
Yea this sounds like another lame-o up to date "Twilight Zone" remember that one?
Yea this sounds like another lame-o up to date "Twilight Zone" remember that one?
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10:01AM on 07/28/2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael J. Fox were directors? Wait. What?
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael J. Fox were directors? Wait. What?
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6:24AM on 07/29/2011
Yeah Man, Schwarzenegger directed the one where the rich old man wants this young beautiful woman(kelly Preston) soo bad that he pays money to a young muscular man to have surgery where they can replace body parts with each other.. The old man spend soo much money that, oh wait...... let me not ruin it for you if you never seen it before... lol

And Micheal J Fox directed the one where a pizza guy loses his job & fakes his death to collect insurance money..
Yeah Man, Schwarzenegger directed the one where the rich old man wants this young beautiful woman(kelly Preston) soo bad that he pays money to a young muscular man to have surgery where they can replace body parts with each other.. The old man spend soo much money that, oh wait...... let me not ruin it for you if you never seen it before... lol

And Micheal J Fox directed the one where a pizza guy loses his job & fakes his death to collect insurance money..
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9:52AM on 07/28/2011

Not an anthology?

Seriously? How does that even...?
Lemme guess, the cryptkeeper is television's Jigsaw! Sigh/urgh...
Seriously? How does that even...?
Lemme guess, the cryptkeeper is television's Jigsaw! Sigh/urgh...
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