Top 10 Tales From The Crypt Episodes

Mike Matei / October 28th, 2009


  • April 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Definitely worth checking out on DVD! I only saw the cartoon series when I was young, but I’m sure this is better!

    There were two TFTC movies including Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood. Any chance of talking about it?

    • Tornado of Guts

      February 11, 2013 at 6:34 am

      There’s also, Tales from the Crypt Presents: Ritual.

  • icehead

    April 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I honestly have some pretty fond memories of the cartoon series from when I was a kid, and compared to the other kids’ horror shows that were on then, like “Goosebumps” and “Are you Afraid of the Dark?”, “Tales from the Cryptkeeper” was pretty genuinely creepy and disturbing. Some of the episodes I saw still haunt me to this day.

  • Aculias

    April 14, 2010 at 5:44 am

    We was pretty young when it came out. With my dad being poor, we used to watch it at my moms house on the big screen. I think it came on at 9PM, maybe 8 on HBO.

    My brother & i used to watch it all the time, man when your a kid like us (33 years old) it is a blast!

    Good episodes.
    I dont remember the last episode but I remember the others!

  • guilmon182

    April 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Aw, I was hoping the episode with Slash would be on here, or that he’d at least mention it.

  • Strazdas

    April 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

    This was the series that got me into the horror genre. i remember waiting after midnight to watch those on TV. i agree with your list aswell, well chosen episodes.

  • kaskamann

    April 24, 2010 at 3:16 am

    oh man tales from the crypt such a prominent part of my childhood..
    loved it absolutely as well as dream on which aired around the same time..loved hbo always did and still do..though i grow weary knowing of sum sort mass population tool ..such as subliminal messages ..especially through walt disney well as most movie i try to weed out all the indocturnating progams and try to look at the ones that are social commentaries and more informative of interdimensions and symbolism which is relevant ..
    oops more about tales from the crypt ”lol i liked the lumberjack episode as well..and the one about the convict in the dessert that was showed….lol cant believe after all these years. i still remember the ending

    even though i live in the yukon territory..all my life we still had american satellite..which i miss up untill 2003 or 04 when directv had cut down on pirating

  • April 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I hella have the comic of the episode Arny directed. ITs hella word-for-word accurate. the other story’s are good too

  • Jules14

    April 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Yeah that show was awesome but a lot of those episodes are really disturbing that made it really good like the episode stared at horror in the 6th season that always haunts me

  • IdealIdeas91

    April 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I watched this every night when i was 5 with my parents! it was on HBO at like 9:30 PM! Ive always like horror movies and never was really scared of them.

  • Moneo

    May 7, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I don’t mean to be nitpicky or anything, but Zemeckis isn’t actually pronounced “Zemekis” like you said, James, but it’s “Zemetʃkis”, because it’s a Lithuanian last name, and we pronounce the “C” as “tʃ” (ts).

    Really cool top 10 as always, I always like them. 🙂 Keep it up!

  • DaVince

    May 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    “i cant watch it”

    Oh come on, it’s not THAT scary.

  • June 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

    All great choices. Another early one I always liked was Dig That Cat, He’s Real Gone.

  • Resident Killer

    June 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    You left out one of the best and first episodes, “The Man Who Was Death” with William Sadler. Great dialogue from him and a nice ending.

  • WatchmenFTW

    June 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    The wierdest one was the man with his Siamese brother on his hand.

  • keeman4454

    July 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    number 2 looks like the best one.

  • boots electric

    August 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    what shops can i buy this on dvd eg. HMV Goldendiscs etc

  • Squallina

    August 25, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Lance Henriksen is a LEGEND! He deserves a countdown of his own. (Pretty please?) He has been in so many movies and mini-movies in the past forty years, everything from Aliens and Terminator to Disney’s Tarzan and Super Mario Bros, that you’d think more people would actually recognize his face and voice by now! He’s such a prolific actor and a B-grade horror movie master! Thanks so much for seeing him at the top of this list for doing what he does best – making horror really horrible! <3 Awesome countdown that makes me really wanna go watch and rewatch these classics!

  • Nixitur

    September 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Well, there goes every hope of sleeping tonight.

  • nerdyguy64

    September 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

    HELL YEAH, blood and guts, what more can we ask for!

  • September 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    You left out Abra Cadaver, i love that episode such a great idea. I totally agree with all of your other choices though, especially number 1 that is my favorite episode also.

    Do you remember the one where a comic book artist’s drawings come to life? that one is good also.

  • jtmcbath

    September 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Personally my favorite is a toss up between Korman’s Kalamity and Three’s a Crowd. Korman’s Kalamity is about a horror comic artist whose drawlings come to life and tends to be on the comical side on the spectrum and Three’s a Crowd is about a guy who thinks his wife and best friend are having an affair.

  • Jordashebasics

    September 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I’m curious about how you feel about Tales from the Darkside, or the followup, Monsters.

    They’re both pretty lighthearted by comparison, but I’m a real sucker for any sort of horror anthology.

  • September 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Timothy Stack is the man. Now I have a sudden desire to watch Forrest Gump.

  • Monstermash

    September 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    As a kid , the intro gave me nightmares and never truely watch the whole series. But I remember some episodes like a wife kills her husand for money and melts his body in soap maker then she uses the soap in the shower and then her skin melts due to the stomach acid in the soap. Another one is a guy is escape artist and isn’t getting much money for his acts. Something happens where he inherts a soul of a cat and his wife makes a will on his life. They both get money but then he needs more money everytime in which he has kill himself over and over again .He finally finds out that he lost all the cat’s lives and just realizes this as about kill himself but its too late. and his wife and her new lover collects the will money.

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 9, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Fortunately(?) we actually had cable with HBO when this originally aired, during the height of my interest in the horror genre.

    I remember a few of these. Good choices.

  • Piroshii

    October 14, 2010 at 8:01 am

    When I was little, I used to leave when Tales From the Crypt came on. Mainly because I used to be scared shitless just when the Crypt Keeper popped out of the coffin and cackled like he did. Man…I was a real pussy when I was little.

  • chriswhetsell

    October 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Tales is by far my favorite T.V. show. It’s hard for me to pick favorites though, but I like the more over-the-top ones as well. The episodes like “Yellow” and “Showdown” are interesting though because they’re completely different than what you’re used to with Tales. Good picks though, “Cutting Cards” is a nice one 🙂

  • nomad175

    November 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I completely agree with this list, which is good, but sort of creepy. I guess it’s because there are certain things that everybody agrees on. Also the ending was the funniest part of Cutting Cards, if you’re sick and twisted like me, I guess.

  • LoneStone

    February 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I remember the cartoon version “tales from the crypt keeper” but their was also a show just like it on rival networks with the same idea just it was animatronics hosts and, the host were a skeleton and worm or slug type thing, great childhood memories.

  • February 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    great list,i miss the show. Im surprised you didnt put ”the man who was death” in there. great ep!!!

  • chrisRAWRZ

    March 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    yea when i was small i remember the cartoon tales of the crpyt but not really the real one episodes but i do remember the movie.anyways when the cartoon tales of the crypt was on tv every other show had something like it like there was one with bugs telling the stories in a diner and worm for another one and kids in the woods telling scary stories.but ya good times.

  • preying4war

    March 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    This is my own Top 10 TFTC episodes for anyone who wants a second opinion. For the sake of originality, none of James’ picks are on my list; (though I do agree that Cutting Cards, Yellow, Carrion Death, & All Through The House are great shows.). James’ list has one episode from Season 1, one episode from Season 7, everything else is Seasons 2, 3, & 4, with no mention of Seasons 5 or 6.

    10. Let The Punishment Fit The Crime (S6) “This episode is like a nightmare. Non-stop craziness that goes from bad to worse.”

    9. ‘Til Death (S2) “Amazing creature effects on Pam Glen’s character.”

    8. What’s Cooking (S4) “Once you get past the fact that this is a restaurant that serves steaks cut from human beings, the episode stops being horror, and becomes a success story of sorts. Really though, it’s bullshit. At no point does a member of the wait staff, the guy who delivers potatoes/salad stuff, or the Health & Safety Inspector notice dead bodies in the meat freezer.”

    7. Dead Right (S2) “About a fortune teller who’s never wrong, but her predictions are too vague .”

    6. Top Billing (S3) “The cast of a production of Hamlet are INSANELY good.”

    5.(tie) Operation Friendship…99&44/100% Pure Horror (S6) “My sole dual entry because both make a great counterpart to Fight Club. One is about an imaginary friend, the other is about soap…(the yardstick of civilization). Awesome creature effect at the very end of 99&44/100%.”

    4.The Man Who Was Death (S1) “The pilot. William Sadler plays a jailer who loves to throw the switch on death row inmates. However, when the death penalty is abolished, he takes justice into his own hands. The first in many twist endings. How good was Bill Sadler in this episode? Look for him again in a season 7 intro/outro playing rock, paper, scissors with The Crypt Keeper. You’ll find him in the intro/outro of TFTC Bordello Of Blood. Lastly, you can watch him as Brayker in TFTC Demon Knight.”

    3. Confession (S7) “A great cat-&-mouse story. Demonstrates how police can bully an innocent person to confess to a crime they didn’t commit.”

    2. The Trap (S3) “Horror & humor. Directed by & featuring Michael J. Fox…as well as his Back To The Future co-star James Tolkan. This was the first episode where I realised death row inmates of this series ALWAYS get the electric chair…(with one exception).”

    1. You, Murderer (S6) “An episode made in 1994, which stars Humphrey Bogart & features Alfred Hitchcock! Innovative, because the perspective is from the victims’ P.O.V. Here’s lookin’ at you kid.”.

    One final thought. If you’ve never seen TFTC before, do not begin with the season 3 episode “Spoiled”. It’s just a relentless onslaught of penis and vagina references with an absurd premise.

    • Fracassi

      February 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

      The Man Who Was Death was not the pilot. It was sequentially aired as the first episode, but And All Through The House was the pilot episode.

  • 2Burgers

    April 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

    my favorite is bordello of blood

  • newagegamer

    May 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Man when I was a kid, I used to watch the animated series of this Heheh, it was pretty cool and creepy but just enough for kids to handle, I remember a few episodes that FREAKED ME OUT LOL

    I remember a few episodes in genera, then there was a wierd one witn the hosts being two puppets one slimey maggot and one blue cockroach heheh it was even weirder and some episodes were quite terrifying yet toootally rediculous

  • Remeday

    May 18, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Excellent top ten list here James. Very unexpected the ones you put. I like the theory you put behind them. Here’s my top ten TFTC episodes.
    The thing from the grave
    House of Horror
    Abra Cadaver
    Dig that cat…He’s real gone
    Television Terror
    Mournin’ Mess
    Dead Right
    The Secret
    Til’ Death
    Three’s a crowd

    • Fracassi

      February 12, 2012 at 2:29 am

      I love House of Horror except for the fact that there is really no clear justification for the final plot twist. It just happens, with no clear motive as to why. A great, but extemely flawed episode.

  • May 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

    what the fuck is this piece of shit? lolololol!!!!

  • Redeemer

    May 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I seen all those episodes… like 17 years ago! Good shit!

  • June 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I totally agree with #1 >>>> I watch this episode all the time. It makes me laugh. I also love THe secret.

  • Mike Fontee

    June 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Whyyyyy is “And All Through the House” even on this list?
    i’d really like to know, the woman just screams the whole episode, and the ending is terrible. I agree with almost everything you have to say in your reviews, but i’m just puzzled with this one.
    Oh, and do more AVGN! :]

  • Dolly Dagger

    July 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

    “The Secret” might be my favorite Crypt episode…but there are so many awesome ones in the first two seasons.

  • September 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    i actually wanna watch this show now. looks so cool.

  • Riddler

    October 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I remember watching this when i was little. God, i watched weird stuff when i was little, including reboot and beetlejuice. Watching it all agian i get the jokes better, and often find myself laughing so hard it hurts. I think i’ve gone mad.

  • Goomers

    October 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Dude, you gotta tell us what happened in these episodes. Not many people are going to go out and purchase the VHS tapes of this series.

  • Tekkenfan

    December 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    On the clips in the beginning you showed people who live in brass a few times.

  • Fracassi

    February 12, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I think one of my favorites is Till Death Do We Part starring John Stamos and Rober Picardo. It’s a sort of reverse Ambrose Bierce tale. Plus it has a good psychological value as the story entertains the idea that the killer is trying to justify murder.

    • Fracassi

      February 12, 2012 at 2:35 am

      Speaking of Ambrose Bierce, why is the fourth season of The Twilight Zone so hard to find?

  • Shadowtheman

    February 12, 2012 at 5:38 am

    That reminds me. There were two movies that I know of that came out based on tales from the crypt. One was good dispute the lower budget while the other just stunk. Evil demons, possessions, and bald dude who could kick chuck Norris’s ass. Then vampire sluts. hmmmm.

    Good series, I liked the just desserts tales the best.

  • TheCryptkeeper

    March 23, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Dude i love this show. i have all 7 seasons on dvd. Video was great got me in the mood to watch them all again. well owened them for a long time and the only one i havent seen is season 7, guess i will now, even though i know its going to suck.

  • TheCryptkeeper

    March 23, 2012 at 1:56 am

    i forgot to say, DEMON KNIGHT is one of my fav horror movies of all time! I saw it in theaters when i was in 5th grade.  I Snuck in it. Good times 1995!

  • RLIsomaa

    May 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    The scariest episode is definitely “Lover come hack to me”. As you watch it, you become paranoid with all the suspense and the climax will give you nightmares!

  • crazygamer4life

    August 30, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I loved tales From the Crypt when i was little , in elementary school. The Crypt Keeper was the best part for me… i still remember his origin episode at the freak show.. although The Third Pig, cartoon episode was one of my favorite episode i think.

  • Dement

    December 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

    It’s a good thing that he didn’t spoil the endings. If you haven’t seen and want to see this show, you can check it out on YouTube.

  • J-P

    February 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Yellow is one episode that everyone I know seems to hate. I know it’s not really horror so perhaps that is the reason. But I do like it. It’s probably the best one I’ve ever seen.
    And I haven’t seen your #1 pick so perhaps that is why.. Also – isn’t it a shame that you cannot find the DVD set in Area Code 2? I am really pissed off to the whole system. Some other films have the same treatment. In Europe there is Daria or Ghostbusters II for that matter..
    If you haven’t done a Bullshit episode about DVD area codes, I think you should do one.

  • DaddyOGITH

    February 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    go Here to Download ALL of the Episodes for FREE 😀

    • J-P

      February 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

      Thank you..
      I don’t use illegal copies when watching movies so I’ll wait until they get a DVD release in Europe.

  • Paulballsftw

    February 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    My favorite 3 episodes were Dead Right with Demi Moore, Loved to Death with Andrew McCarthy, and Split Second with Brion James. There were a lot of other ones I liked too but these just stood out more to me.

  • Night-X

    February 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Had good memories with this show. Remember watching it after school all the time on Sci-Fi when they good Shows and Movies. Now they suck with what they have these days.

    • Don Skiver

      September 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Yeah. Fucking scifi channel has gone way way way down hill in the last 10 or so years.

  • Jon

    April 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    As I turned this on I said out loud, “Cutting Cards” has to be on this list.

  • July 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    i love tales of the crypt after watching this i went straght to watch the one with joe peci split personalitys but i dissagree with what you said about season 7 i watched the kidnapper its great

  • October 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    God I loved this series. The one that really freaked me out was the chick who picks up the jerk in the mask at a Halloween party. A) It takes place on Halloween which is always a plus. B) When he rips at her mask, ripping her face and drawing blood…realizing the freaky mask is actually her real face. That was freaky as hell.

  • gutterboy

    October 30, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Honorable mention Jeffrey Tambor as Charlie Marno in “Dead Right,” and in a not really horror but still good Brad Pitt in “King Of The Road.”


    November 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    They should bring this series back.

  • bluehawaii19

    May 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I used to love watching TFTC when I was a kid (around 7). I remember one of my friends would come over and we would stay up late and watch episodes. Thankfully most are on YouTube so if I am feeling nostalgic, I will search for episodes.

  • Jackred89

    October 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I recently watched every episode of this show. I got to say this is an great list. Without question Cutting Cards is my favorite episode as well.

  • October 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    My granddaddy wrote the story for And All through the House. He and my great uncle worked for EC comic books back in the 1950’s before venturing out on their own to create House of Mystery.

  • September 25, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    That show never aired here as far as I can remember.The cartoon one did though

  • MonkeeJuice

    October 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    where’s the video? It’s not here.

  • ivan horvat

    November 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm


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