True genre fans will remember when HBO had its own horror anthology series based on the EC Comics series Tales From the Crypt. Each episode has a new story introduced by the legendary Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir), which is usually based on a story from the original comic or other EC Horror comics such as The Vault of Horror and Two-Fisted Tales “ based. Since HBO is censorship free, the series is filled with gore, profanity, and sex. It touches on almost every facet of horror, from thrilling murder stories to creepy creatures. It’s even going meta with an episode focusing on a cartoonist working on the Tales From the Crypt comics and bringing his monsters to life.
Tales From the Crypt was such a hit that there were several specials that delivered holiday-themed horror stories. A film adaptation also brought The Cryptkeeper to the big screen. The series also featured some well-known guest stars, including Daniel Craig, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Demi Moore, Brad Pitt, Lea Thompson, and Whoopi Goldberg. Some episodes were also directed by legends like Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, Tom Holland, Tom Hanks and Tobe Hooper. Tales From the Crypt ran for seven seasons on HBO before ending in 1996, but remains a nostalgic treat for horror fans and always welcomes newcomers.