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No Crypt Keeper In New ‘Tales From the Crypt’!? (Exclusive)

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We were cackling in excitement with today’s news that TNT was teaming with M. Night Shyamalan to revive “Tales From the Crypt.”

That is until we heard some disconcerting Intel.

While we haven’t confirmed this, our trustworthy insider tells us that the new incarnation of “Tales From the Crypt” will not feature the Crypt Keeper that was voiced by John Kassir because HBO owns the rights. In fact, Kassir himself tweeted, “…Crypt Keeper as we know him is more popular than ever & it’d be a sham/shame not to have him host the show,” furthering suspicions that this is how the series will play out.

Instead, the new show will be highlighted by an old man with a cane, wearing a hood, and keeping warm by a fireplace. This is more in tune with the original EC comic (see below), and even resembles the Old Witch quite a bit.

The Crypt Keeper that we all know and love was created for the HBO series, and has become the spirit of the franchise, but reinventing him isn’t necessarily sacrilegious. With that said, I’m not exactly sure I want to see a fresh take on the character. We saw what happened with Freddy Krueger.

Anyways, here’s where it gets extra meh.

The original plan, whether it’s changed or not, was to film it “American Horror Story”-style, and have 13 episodes of one storyline per season.

Oh, it gets worse. Not only will there be no weekly “anthology” story, but we’re told the first season has nothing to do with the actual comics. Not to mention it’s scripted by the writers behind the awful “Hemlock Grove.”

And if you’re curious, what we heard is that it will be about voodoo in New Orleans (“True Blood” and “American Horror Story” have both tackled this).

So, get ready for the return of “Tales From the Crypt” in name only. I’m preparing myself for disappointment so the shock won’t kill me come the series premiere.




  • As long as there is some kind of crypt keeper telling the story, I’m okay with a new keeper.

  • Vader the White

    Well, this sucks. Both the lack of the more famous Cryptkeeper and this non-anthology format. For a series that has ALWAYS been anthology from comics, to TV, even to the silver screen in both the British anthology horror films from the ’70s and the anthology nature of the three films made with the TFTC name (Demon Knight, Bordello of Blood, and Ritual have as much in common storywise as any random episode). Did they not pay attention?

  • a tired “american horror Story” format and NO CRYPTKEEPER….well no longer excited for this one.

    • BlingRhames

      I’m not a fan of AHS but there’s nothing wrong with long-form horror. And while the Cryptkeeper would be nice it’s not a deal breaker for me if the show is good.

      I guess what I’m saying is there’s nothing inherently wrong with long form horror television as a concept.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I was excited at first, but everything in this article sounds horrible. They should just leave it alone.

  • Richter Belmont

    I think that’s the Vault Keeper from The Vault of Horror. It’s a shame about the format change from an anthology series.

    • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

      Nah, that’s the Cryptkeeper. Coloring is yellowed out there, so hard to tell if it’s green or blue, but Vault-keeper always had a hood, Ck didn’t.


  • wehoaks

    Was there any news sprinkled in with Brad’s opinion piece here?

  • Went from excited to, “Won’t even support this crap”!

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    Sad if it’s not a weekly anthology (though I’ll keep an open mind), but don’t really care about the Cryptkeeper thing. I loved Kassir’s and all (my favorite show ever), but it had its run.

    The New Orleans voodoo thing, that was the setting for one of the movies that never got made (or did and was shelved, a bit of a mystery). Odd that they’d pick that back up if it’s a completely different team, but it sounded pretty good from what I read (it was nothing like Coven or True Blood, or TftC really).

    The only certified bad news here is the Hemlock Grove writers thing. Yeeeuch!

    • eli

      You might be thinking of the movie Ritual. It was supposed to be the 3rd TFTC flick, but was canned after Bordello of Blood did awful. They released it a few years later dtv. It’s passable, has one solid scene of gory horror, & no feel of a TFTC entity.

      • Jacob

        There was a film that was unreleased having to do with a man and his son being chased by a voodoo cult, or something alone the lines of that, titled Tales From The Crypt Presents: Fat Tuesday. But the movie was cancelled when they figured the white cast was too racist, or whatever, and no one has seen it since.

        • eli

          Huh, I did not no that. Thanks for the info man.

          P.S. Love the avatar. Halloween III rules!

      • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

        Nah. Ritual was way later (and wasnt planned at all, they just threw the license on it at the last minute… and subsequently took it half away).

        The one they supposedly shelved finished (Dead Easy/Fat Tuesday) was somethin completely different from Ritual despite sharing the voodoo theme. Was about a man tryin to keep his kid away from a voodoo curse (and a demonic goblin jester) that his zombie dad supposedly unleashed or something… yada yada… nothing like Ritual.

        The reason they gave officially for not releasing it was that it was too serious and scary for the TftC brand (which is bs, why wouldnt they release it outside the brand then?) but rumor is that it had all white actors and they were afraid it’d make them look racist. -shrug

        Oops, didnt read other reply first, oh well, repeat info.

  • lgb

    Damn it Shyamalan. STOP IT! I have never in my life yelled at a director like this! When my old directors yelled like this it was because they loved me! I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you! HOW DARE YOU!

  • Curt Mangle

    Lets take something that has a hardcore fan base, and completely run away from it.. Remove the signature character and make it one long story.
    But hey… He’s a director, he knows better.

  • Ditching the anthology format, working with those craptastic Hemlock Grove folks, no EC tie-in…

    Well, my excitement tanked fast. Way to guarantee horror fans will stay away in droves, Shyamalan.

    • Eastman420

      So excited at first this being oneof if not favorite tv series. Now could give two shits for this. What a shame could of done something big with a revival.

  • Eastman420

    Stupid motherfuckers!!!! Goddamit

  • Gadriel

    So the twist is that it’s not really Tales From The Crypt.

  • pablitonizer

    Oh boy, as I read the article it all becomes worse and can they use “Tales from the crypt” name if HBO owns the rights? HBO Only owns the rights of the Cryptkeeper but not the franchise? It makes no sense… And turn it into AHS is such a shame, no originality, damn it! They take a successful shit and copy and copy and copy…hate this crap!

  • eli

    Annnnnnnnnnnnd….. I’m out.

  • Adam Clifton

    And that’s where I’ve lost interest in this show. Shyamalan, you ding-dong. The Cryptkeeper is the glue that held the show together and you’re not using him?! You might as well do a new anthology show and call it something other than ‘Tales From The Crypt’. I won’t watch an impersonation of a great show

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  • steve0

    It’s ok… some people have to learn the hard way. Hard way meaning they put a ton a movie into a show and then say “hmmm, why is no one watching it”. The worst part is this isn’t the 80’s. People creating shows have the internet now and have an insight on what the fans want because they can read the reviews and comments directly from the folks watching the show.

    But what do they do? They ignore the people watching it and say “you will take what we want and you will like it.” And then the next thing they hear online about their show is people saying “hey, remember when TFTC came back online? What ever happened to that show, I heard it was coming back but I guess it ended after 2 episodes”.

    Wait for it…….

  • Jer

    The New Orleans storyline could be the story that was originally intended to be one of the tftc films called Fat Tuesday. Sounds interesting. Tales From the Crypt was around way before the crypt keeper, and while it’d be sad to not see him host the series it will live on. It’d be better to have him back though.

    • Vader the White

      The Crypt Keeper has always been part of Tales. Really, the only thing the HBO series did was change his appearance as his personality was more or less the same between the comics and the series.

  • Graham

    I take back my excitement from yesterday. Another bland reboot of an interesting property watered down for mass appeal. No thanks.

  • THGrimm

    This sucks and I’m disappointed that they want to rip off of American Horror Story. I’m a big fan of that show, but I hate the lack of originality. That’s all any of it is nowadays.

    • Bla Blah

      Yep. Hollywood wants to stick with what thye KNOW will make money as opposed to trying something new. Tales From The Crypt already has a built in fanbase who will tune in. Its the same concept as why we keep getting a shit tune of book adaptation movies and superhero comic films. Because they don’t have to build an audience, its already there, and itll make money. Nothing but remakes, rehasihns, and ripoffs.

      • Herman Munster

        the problem is the die hard fans will only tune in for one episode, then it will have to stand on it’s own merits which i doubt it will.

  • theraphosidae

    I fully credit The Crypt Keeper for my love of horror. My mom would watch it every week and while I wasn’t allowed to watch the show itself, I was allowed to stay up and watch the opening. I distinctly remember the fear that would build up in my chest, and those nights are some of my best memories as a child. It would really be too bad for him to be absent from the reboot.

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  • Phloyd456

    Well, this hasn’t been confirmed, so it is just a rumor for now. .We’ll see what happens. I wouldn’t be surpirsed if it were true though. They were thinking of doing this back in 2011. At the time Cinemax was the one who was interested in picking it up. However, it wasn’t going to include the Cryptkeeper either.

    “Cosby and Adler’s new vision for Tales From the Crypt won’t be a
    remake of the HBO anthology – nor will it include the Crypt Keeper. In
    fact, it won’t be an anthology at all, but a serialized program that,
    according to Cosby, “…will be an ongoing series that uses characters from the comic books in a more modern context.””

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  • I wonder if this is related to the new series they were kicking around at FearNet at one point? I think their idea was to have the Cryptkeeper and the Witch etc actually take part in a long form story…not just host. Never happened obvi.

  • Darkness69

    So basically, they’re just gonna rip off the name and nothing else. Way to go, “horror connoisseur” Shyamalan.

  • Shadow914

    What a pity, I love the original series and have them all. I doubt I’m going to check out the new series if this is the case.

  • Daniel Anderson

    No keeper no peace. #InternetProtests #HashTagsMatter

  • KingLeo

    I hate when people say “Well at least we’ll always have the original.” when companies decide to remake something. Unfortunately in this case I must say that at least we’ll always have the original. HBO gave us 7 great seasons. I wouldn’t be too disappointed or surprised if this redo is a dud.

  • BrannigansLaw

    Why do they keep giving Shymalan jobs? And why did everyone like the Visit? It was god awful. I felt like the kid was the audience, and M. Night was the old man rubbing shit on our face. The best scene in this shitty movie is literally shitty. It was probably meant to be horrifying, but not only was it hysterical, but I also found it ironically symbolic of what Shyamalan has done to his audience ever since his first fluke of a film. Why couldn’t they have given him a series like Monsters or Tales from the Darkside that weren’t as popular as TftC.

    And how far along is is Stephen King with the Creepshow project? It seems like it keeps popping up every couple of years then goes away.

    • Me

      The Visit was intentionally comedic

    • Ok

    • infekt_me

      Because the Visit and Wayward Pines gave hope that maybe he wasn’t a three trick pony and still could create something interesting. YMMV on how you felt about his recent “hits”

  • Bla Blah

    the voodoo in new Orleans part is actually interesting. And as a fan of Shamalama Ding Dong, I will be tuning in. But I don’t think itll be great. I think itll be something to watch though

  • James Ryan

    Rest in Pieces Crypt Keeper!!! At least I got to grow up with you. I’ll see you at the Cryptic Gates!!! American Horror Story was only good for two seasons, if its anything like that it will scare me right to a different channel. If it is like the Tails from the crypt movies it’ll be ok though, with the animation. If its done well, I could Dig it.

  • jeebus

    I’m not too worried about the Crypt Keeper bit, He wasn’t even the first Crypt Keeper on film! Amicus films’ version was just an old man in a monk’s robe. As long as he tells good stories I’m ok with a new Crypty. Kinda worried about the writing team if that’s true, and would much rather have an anthology. With stuff like this with a questionable team I think the variety of a new story coming the next week would help a lot if an episode didn’t impress. Oh well, I’ll still tune in.

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  • Bill Rash

    Everything’s balled up for the TNT show because HBO owns the Cryptkeeper? Who cares? Warner owns all of it! Sounds like they’re making excuses in advance for what they already know will be a farrago. If the show’s not an anthology, forget it! Stop slapping old names on new junk that has nothing to do with it!!

  • John

    I’m not optimistic whatsoever.

  • Jenna Parks-Thomas

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that the people responsible for this assume no one wants to watch a weekly horror anthology show anymore because of the ratings failure of shows like Masters of Horror and Fear Itself, but people tune in every week for AHS and genre show popularity in general is on the rise, so they’re just taking the AHS formula and slapping the Tales from the Crypt label on it for nostalgia sake

    • TH3J4CK4L

      Which is incredibly sad because both masters of horror and fear itself were amazing shows. Another good lesser known one was Night Visions,Henry Rollins was the host. NV was a great show and had some really good episodes.

      • Jenna Parks-Thomas

        I know, I completely agree!! I loved both of those shows and personally would love to see something like that again. I’ve never seen Night Visions but I’ll def check it out!

        • TH3J4CK4L

          It might be hard to find night visions since I don’t think it evr got a release on DVD following its season one,and only run,but I’m sure someone has some episodes somewhere 🙂

      • Ill have to check out Night Visions, but I loved Masters of Horror and Fear Itself. Was really sad to see them end, but I think it had more to do with marketing these shows.

        • TH3J4CK4L

          Night visions ran for maybe a season. I’m not sure if any episodes exist on far as I know it didn’t even see a DVD release which was even sadder. Yeah,fear itself musr have had terrible marketing because I found it by way of a DVD release season collection for $10 and dove into it. That one episode the circle really fucked with me. Masters of horror had some of the best practical effects and original ideas. Two that I remember that stood out was Pick Me Up. It was nice to see Michael Moriarty back in action,not to mention 2 killers squaring off against each other where one kills people that pick him up and the other kills those that he picks up was a ghoulish idea. The other was Cigarette Burns that Carpenter did.

  • Ocelot006 .

    HBO owns the rights to the Cryptkeeper? Doesn’t sound accurate.

    • Schizo_Frog

      They own the rights to that design/incarnation

    • Chad Warren

      the same reason why mtv could make a scream series but couldnt use ghost face they own the rights to the costume its weird but ya thats why

    • Chad Warren

      they sell the rights to the show but not the costumes really

  • Sofakingsweet

    This sounds horrible.. >:( stop them

  • ZigZagWave

    Wait, so basically this reboot is gonna be some American Horror Story wannabe ripoff using the Tale From the Crypt name just to lure people in to watch. Fuck this shit!

  • Myk

    Hmm. HBO and TNT are owned by Warner. How can it be a rights issue?

  • Jamie Baldock

    Ive just started watching the originals again and no way in hell can they do this without kassir. Lets just hope they dont try and remake demon night. Billy zane was the shit !!!.

  • nathan

    i was told arnold schwarzenegger’s x rays where used to make the crypt keepers skull thats why they look alike. i dont know how true that is it was told to me by a friend who’s father was one of the actors on a episode. sorry i dont remember which episode it was its been 10 years sense i’ve seen him.

  • Sam Murphy

    What’s the point, then?

    • Dee

      brand recognition

    • Jeff Eastwood

      To make money.

  • Mark Andrew Glinka

    This is not Tales from the Crypt. This is the brutal rape and full-on anal fist fucking sans lube (nor vaseline, not even a little spittle) of one of the most beloved franchises in horror history. This is tempting me to pull a Jay and Silent Bob and go wherever I have to in order to stop this abomination from happening. Fuck TNT and Shyamalan, fuck them up their stupid asses.

    • Jeff Eastwood

      Lighten up, Francis.

  • VoodooRocker

    M. Night Shyamalan heading the reboot of “Tales from Crypt”? Oh what the fuck! M. Night wouldn’t can’t write horror and certainly can’t direct it. Also, what’s the point of doing it with out the Crypt Keeper? Part of what made it so great was his intro to the episode.

  • joey di marco

    the one story per season rumor was from when Gilbert Adler was trying to reboot it a few years back, M. Night Shyamalan recently asked people on twitter what stories from the comics and tv series they would like to see be done on the show, There would be no reason to ask that if they were planning on using a single storyline for an entire season. so this is false.

  • A.L.

    If they are not weekly stories,I’m NOT watching.

  • Scott Neil

    Great so Captain Talentless is rebooting a show without the one thing that made it popular,look forward to laughable,obvious plots with a hilariously bad twist that the whole world saw coming,stop giving him jobs.Not watching tales without the crypt keeper.

    • Peter Johnson

      “Captain Talentless” has made some of the best thrillers to 2000’s have seen, including his most recent, The Visit, which was one of the best horror/thriller movies I’ve seen this year. Maybe when it comes to big budget blockbusters, he can’t exactly swing it. But lower budgeted thriller and horror? He has proven to be a great screenwriter and director, with movies like Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, Devil, and The Visit. Not so talentless, he just tried putting his talent in a different direction, and then ran into an invisible wall.

      • Scott Neil

        Come on,he’s the most derided,reviled director on earth,sure you lick his balls but then even Uwe Boll has fans,he’s a turd and aside from unbreakable his films are hilariously bad.

        • Peter Johnson

          Ah, my apologies, I didn’t know you were retarded. It was wrong of me to start something.

          • Scott Neil

            Not my fault you can’t accet the fact he’s shit,call me retarded all you want,who’s the bigger retard,me because I share the opinion of the grand majority of civilisation or you who actually thinks this hack is talented.The happening is one of the worst films ever made,so bad it’s actually hilariously good and signs,really?,aliens attack a planet that’s mainly water even though that’s the one thing they are deadly afraid of and they just happen to attack the one household that has loads of glasses of water lying around due to a contrived beyond belief plot device,his writing is pathetic and childish,predictable and stupid,just like his 3 fans.

          • Peter Johnson

            I was referring to the way you type, not your opinion. He may not be the best writer, but he’s made movies that have entertained me and kept my interest. And when it comes to Signs, well, say you walk across the country to eat at an incredible restaurant. However, there is a unending trench separating you from the restaurant, wide enough to jump, but so deep it would kill you if you fell. Ignoring Earth because of water is like you seeing the trench and saying “Fuck man. Guess I’ll walk back”.

          • Scott Neil

            Okay,let’s not be dicks to each other over personal choice,I’m glad you are a fan of his,I never will be,let’s leave it there,you’re analogy sucked though,they were after minerals etc correct?,then why not visit any of the other uninhabited and most importantly water free planets in our solar system?.

          • Peter Johnson

            I tried. It made sense in my mind. And I apologize for calling you a retard, that was wrong. From what I remember, they where just marking Earth because there was food on it. To me, it makes sense that if one were to travel possibly hundred or thousands of light years to get to Earth and discover there is life, they’d want to land, especially after travelling all that way. I mean, humans go into outer space, where there is revolving debris, deathly cold temps., and no air. Yet we still do it, with little hopes of even exiting our solar system. All the other planets hold just as much, if not more, danger than Earth.

  • silentevil77

    No Crypt keeper no tales from the crypt

  • MYJ Krueger

    Shouldn’t you confirm this news first before publishing?

  • Nick Furman

    An EPIC FAIL TNT! Without John Kassir and The Crypt Keeper Count me out! Without John Kassir and The Crypt Keeper there is no Tales From The Crypt. It will just be another run-of-the-mill show! Calling it Tales From the Crypt without John Kassir and The Crypt Keeper that we all know and love is blasphemy and sacrilege to Horror fans the world over!

    Nick Furman

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