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Tales from the Crypt is a horror comic book originally published by EC Comics in the 1950s, producing 30 issues from 1950 to 1955. The main horror-host Ghoulunatic for Tales from the Crypt was/is of course, The Crypt-Keeper. The original run of the series was canceled in 1955 after feeling the pressures of the Senate Subcommittee of Juvenile Delinquency, but has since been reprinted in various formats; The series has also been revived for new comic books, several times. Tales From The Crypt has also had several movies and a television series based on it.


Tales from the Crypt has been reprinted by various publishers such as Gladstone, East Coast Comix, Gemstone, Fantagraphics Books, and Dark Horse Comics.

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A Gladstone reprint of Tales from the Crypt

Television and Film Adaptations  []

In the 1970s, Amicus Films produced a Tales From The Crypt movie based on stories from the various EC horror titles.

A live-action television series based on stories from the EC horror comics originally ran on HBO from the mid-1980s until 1996. The HBO TV series has since had several film spin-offs, including Bordello of Blood, Demon Knight, Ritual, and the filmed but unreleased "Fat Tuesday".


Opening Titles to the original Tales from the Crypt TV show.

In 2016, it was announced that M. Night Shyamalan would be producing a separate series based on new stories, and stories from the original comics for TNT; However, this reboot of the Tales from the Crypt TV series, due to various rights issues, never came to fruition. The series was originally rumored to be a series-long story arc, similar to American Horror Story, and rumored to be based around a script that dealt with voodoo in New Orleans.

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