History Series / TalesFromTheCrypt

23rd Jun '16 7:35:00 PM nombretomado
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* BlackComedyRape: In the episode "Death of Some Salesman". Counts as both DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale ''and'' DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale, since Winona is quite obviously played by a man (TimCurry, no less!). Technically he agreed to it...but it certainly wouldn't have been any better if he hadn't.

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* BlackComedyRape: In the episode "Death of Some Salesman". Counts as both DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale ''and'' DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale, since Winona is quite obviously played by a man (TimCurry, (Creator/TimCurry, no less!). Technically he agreed to it...but it certainly wouldn't have been any better if he hadn't.



** There was also a brief audio series produced for Sci-Fi Channel's Seeing Ear Theatre and done as a RadioDrama. Kassir again returned as our horror host (even singing the opening lyrics) and several high-profile guests (such as TimCurry and Luke Perry) took part.

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** There was also a brief audio series produced for Sci-Fi Channel's Seeing Ear Theatre and done as a RadioDrama. Kassir again returned as our horror host (even singing the opening lyrics) and several high-profile guests (such as TimCurry Creator/TimCurry and Luke Perry) took part.
3rd Jun '16 3:05:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** The animated ''TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' and the Creator/{{CBS}} GameShow ''Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House'' were aimed at a younger audience, but still horrifying.

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** The animated ''TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' and the Creator/{{CBS}} GameShow ''Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House'' were aimed at a younger audience, but still horrifying.
28th May '16 2:29:45 AM SpideyTerry
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* FriendlyRival: Aaron and Felix in "The Pit" are martial artists with a professional rivalry, but they actually get along fine. It's their wives who despise each other and push them to go at it.
27th May '16 7:12:56 AM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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*** And yet another one from "The Assassin", mere ''moments'' before TheReveal:
-->'''[[spoiler:Janet]]:''' [[spoiler: I'm your worst nightmare; a woman with ''balls''.]]
24th May '16 3:23:14 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* BodyHorror: One episode features a woman wearing what appears to be a porcelain mask, but it's apparently her real face because it ''bleeds'' when the villain tries to take it off. And then there's the adaptation of "Forever Ambergris" where the main character's nose and body parts [[spoiler: drop right off]].

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* BodyHorror: One episode features a woman wearing what appears to be a porcelain mask, but it's apparently her real face because it ''bleeds'' when the villain tries to take it off.off; she ends up removing his "mask" instead. And then there's the adaptation of "Forever Ambergris" where the main character's nose and body parts [[spoiler: drop right off]].
24th May '16 3:21:37 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* BodyHorror: How about the episode with the mask and the TV adaptation of ''Forever Ambergris'' where the main character's nose and his body [[spoiler: drop right off]].

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* BodyHorror: How about the One episode with features a woman wearing what appears to be a porcelain mask, but it's apparently her real face because it ''bleeds'' when the mask and villain tries to take it off. And then there's the TV adaptation of ''Forever Ambergris'' "Forever Ambergris" where the main character's nose and his body parts [[spoiler: drop right off]].
15th May '16 1:51:55 PM KingZeal
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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted in a number of stories.
10th May '16 10:26:32 AM Mujaki
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* MundaneUtility: Several episodes feature their superhuman/supernaturally-powered protagonists using their abilities to accomplish daily tasks, most notable in season three episode "The Reluctant Vampire", in which said vampire uses his ClassicalMovieVampire powers to... light the candles in his living room, squeeze and shake the blood out of a corpse (via I.V. to throw a roaming vampire hunter off the trail), and heave his unconscious (and obese) boss into a coffin.
3rd May '16 10:42:53 AM mlsmithca
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Winona, ''in spades''.
** Charlie in "Dead Right". Kathy puts up with him due to a prophecy that he will die and (she thereby expects to) inherit a huge amount of money. Of course,[[ProphecyTwist it doesn't quite work out the way she expects.]]

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: AbhorrentAdmirer:
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Winona, ''in spades''.
** Charlie in "Dead Right". Kathy puts up with him due to a prophecy that he will die and (she she thereby expects to) to inherit a huge amount of money. Of course,[[ProphecyTwist course, [[ProphecyTwist it doesn't quite work out the way she expects.]]



** FauxAffablyEvil: Several other main characters and the Crypt Keeper himself.



** HotterAndSexier: More nudity, at any rate.



** KarmicTransformation
** TransformationTrauma



* BreakingTheFourthWall: The wraparound segments for "Oil's Well That Ends Well" is this to a T, with the Crypt Keeper playing the "Tales from the Crypt" [[Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt pinball]] game (at the start), and watching the episode itself at the end, even going so far as to comment on how Larry (played by, of course, John Kassir) seems familiar to him...

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
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The wraparound segments for "Oil's Well That Ends Well" is this to a T, with the Crypt Keeper playing the "Tales from the Crypt" [[Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt pinball]] game (at the start), and watching the episode itself at the end, even going so far as to comment on how Larry (played by, of course, John Kassir) seems familiar to him...



*** "Whirlpool" has an independent example itself near the end, where [[spoiler:Vern [[AsideGlance utters an]] [[OhCrap "Oh,]] ''[[OhCrap shiiiiit]]''[[OhCrap ..."]] to the camera after his boss, Rolanda, orders him into her office]].

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*** ** "Whirlpool" has an independent example itself near the end, where [[spoiler:Vern [[AsideGlance utters an]] [[OhCrap "Oh,]] ''[[OhCrap shiiiiit]]''[[OhCrap ..."]] to the camera after his boss, Rolanda, orders him into her office]].



* ChristmasEpisode: "And All Through the House" with a [[AxeCrazy maniac]] Santa.
** BadSanta

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* ChristmasEpisode: ChristmasEpisode:
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"And All Through the House" with a [[AxeCrazy maniac]] Santa.
** BadSanta
Santa.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Several main characters and the Crypt Keeper himself.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ever noticed how near the end of "For Cryin' Out Loud", after Marty [[spoiler:jams a bunch of swabs into his ears]], we ''never'' [[spoiler:see the left side of his head again]]? Well, that's because they didn't want to reveal that [[spoiler:he ruptured his eardrum]] right away!

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Ever noticed how near the end of "For Cryin' Out Loud", after Marty [[spoiler:jams a bunch of swabs into his ears]], we ''never'' [[spoiler:see the left side of his head again]]? Well, that's because they didn't want to reveal that [[spoiler:he ruptured his eardrum]] right away!



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Anita from "Collection Completed." She has many pets of different species and is always willing to take in strays.
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Her husband]] would define her as a CrazyCatLady instead.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Anita from "Collection Completed." She has many pets of different species and is always willing to take in strays.
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strays. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Her husband]] would define her as a CrazyCatLady instead.



* FurAgainstFang: The ending to [[spoiler: "The Secret"]].

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* FurAgainstFang: FurAgainstFang:
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The ending to [[spoiler: "The Secret"]].



* GroinAttack: Joe Pesci starred the most gruesome example in "Split Personality".

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* GroinAttack: GroinAttack:
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Joe Pesci starred the most gruesome example in "Split Personality".



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The ending of "Split Second" where loggers help a new employee blinded by their HairTriggerTemper boss get revenge by [[spoiler:having him chainsaw the boss in half while he's bound and gagged inside a hollow log]].

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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: HalfTheManHeUsedToBe:
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The ending of "Split Second" where loggers help a new employee blinded by their HairTriggerTemper boss get revenge by [[spoiler:having him chainsaw the boss in half while he's bound and gagged inside a hollow log]].



* HollywoodAcid: Used as an ending twist in [[spoiler:"99 & 44/100% Pure Horror"]] -- apparently soap made from a human body is acidic enough to ''melt'' someone's skin right off.
** In fairness, the [[spoiler:living, moving eye]] seen in the soap bar implies that it's not HollywoodAcid so much as a form of supernatural revenge from beyond the grave.

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* HollywoodAcid: Used as an ending twist in [[spoiler:"99 & 44/100% Pure Horror"]] -- apparently soap made from a human body is acidic enough to ''melt'' someone's skin right off.
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off. In fairness, the [[spoiler:living, moving eye]] seen in the soap bar implies that it's not HollywoodAcid so much as a form of supernatural revenge from beyond the grave.grave.
* HotterAndSexier: More nudity, at any rate.



* ImAHumanitarian: "What's Cookin'", "The Assassin"

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* ImAHumanitarian: ImAHumanitarian:
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"What's Cookin'", "The Assassin"



* InNameOnly: While most of the earlier stories hewed fairly close to the original tales, episodes in later seasons had increasingly little in common with the comic stories, aside from the titles.
** Additionally, not all the stories came from ''Tales''. ''Haunt of Fear'', ''Vault of Horror'', ''Crime [=SuspenStories=]'' and ''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' also supplied material (and were acknowledged as such in appropriate episodes' credits.)

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* InNameOnly: While most of the earlier stories hewed fairly close to the original tales, episodes in later seasons had increasingly little in common with the comic stories, aside from the titles.
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titles. Additionally, not all the stories came from ''Tales''. ''Haunt of Fear'', ''Vault of Horror'', ''Crime [=SuspenStories=]'' and ''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' also supplied material (and were acknowledged as such in appropriate episodes' credits.)



* MonogenderMonsters: A variant of this in "Lover Come Hack to Me", where [every baby born into Peggy's family is apparently female.

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* MonogenderMonsters: A variant of this in "Lover Come Hack to Me", where [every every baby born into Peggy's family is apparently female.



* TheMovie: Technically six. Two films were produced in the 1970s by Creator/AmicusProductions -- [[Film/ECComics a self-titled movie and ''The Vault of Horror'']]. (Unsurprisingly, though, this series has a loose connection to those movies.) In 1989, a CompilationMovie was put together, consisting of "The Man Who Was Death", "And All Through the House", and "Dig That Cat, He's Real Gone". Three [[ThematicSeries stand-alone franchise films]] were made in the 1990s: ''Film/DemonKnight'', ''Film/BordelloOfBlood'' and ''Ritual'', the last of which was released straight to video.
** Note that ''Ritual'' was produced as a ''[=TFtC=]'' movie, but later edited to remove any connection to the franchise. This connection was later restored in an effort to increase awareness of it.

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* TheMovie: Technically six. Two films were produced in the 1970s by Creator/AmicusProductions -- [[Film/ECComics a self-titled movie movie]] and ''The Vault of Horror'']].Horror''. (Unsurprisingly, though, this series has a loose connection to those movies.) In 1989, a CompilationMovie was put together, consisting of "The Man Who Was Death", "And All Through the House", and "Dig That Cat, He's Real Gone". Three [[ThematicSeries stand-alone franchise films]] were made in the 1990s: ''Film/DemonKnight'', ''Film/BordelloOfBlood'' and ''Ritual'', the last of which was released straight to video.
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video. Note that ''Ritual'' was produced as a ''[=TFtC=]'' movie, but later edited to remove any connection to the franchise. This connection was later restored in an effort to increase awareness of it.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The final episode, a re-telling of "The Three Little Pigs", was animated.
** Arguably "Lower Berth," too. Whereas most episodes are set in the present-era, "Lower Berth" takes place in the early 1900s.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
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The final episode, a re-telling of "The Three Little Pigs", was animated.
** Arguably "Lower Berth," too. Whereas most episodes are set in the present-era, "Lower Berth" takes place in the early 1900s.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the original story of "The Reluctant Vampire", Longtooth is discovered and staked in the heart. In the episode of the same name, it's the JerkAss who harasses Longtooth that gets staked in the heart after being mistaken for a vampire. Given the InNameOnly reputation of the episodes, this probably isn't the only example.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: SparedByTheAdaptation:
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In the original story of "The Reluctant Vampire", Longtooth is discovered and staked in the heart. In the episode of the same name, it's the JerkAss who harasses Longtooth that gets staked in the heart after being mistaken for a vampire. Given the InNameOnly reputation of the episodes, this probably isn't the only example.



* SpinOff: The animated ''TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' and the Creator/{{CBS}} GameShow ''Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House'' were aimed at a younger audience, but still horrifying.

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* SpinOff: SpinOff:
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The animated ''TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' and the Creator/{{CBS}} GameShow ''Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House'' were aimed at a younger audience, but still horrifying.



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror'' will seem very familiar to fans of this series, from the BlackComedy to the charismatic host to the godawful puns. The first segment will also seem very familiar to ''Manga/DeathNote'' fans, but [[FollowTheLeader that's a whole different story]].

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* SpiritualSuccessor: SpiritualSuccessor:
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''Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror'' will seem very familiar to fans of this series, from the BlackComedy to the charismatic host to the godawful puns. The first segment will also seem very familiar to ''Manga/DeathNote'' fans, but [[FollowTheLeader that's a whole different story]].



* SwallowTheKey: In "Carrion Death," a criminal and a cop are handcuffed together. The cop is killed, but he manages to swallow the key before the criminal can get it, forcing the criminal to lug the dead cop along as he attempts to escape across the desert.

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* SwallowTheKey: SwallowTheKey:
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In "Carrion Death," a criminal and a cop are handcuffed together. The cop is killed, but he manages to swallow the key before the criminal can get it, forcing the criminal to lug the dead cop along as he attempts to escape across the desert.



* SympatheticAdulterer: In "The Trap", a physically and verbally-abused housewife conspires and becomes intimate with her brother-in-law to get revenge on her JerkAss husband.



* {{Transsexual}}: The twist of [[spoiler:"The Assassin", where the wife of an AWOL assassin turns out to be the rogue "himself", who had more work done than "his" would-be killers initially assumed.]]

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* {{Transsexual}}: {{Transsexual}}:
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The twist of [[spoiler:"The Assassin", where the wife of an AWOL assassin turns out to be the rogue "himself", who had more work done than "his" would-be killers initially assumed.]]



* YourCheatingHeart: Several stories feature adulterers, both male and female. By the end, they get their comeuppance.
** "Three's a Crowd" makes you think it is going to be this, only to brutally subvert it in the most heart-wrenching way possible.
** SympatheticAdulterer: That said, sometimes that isn't the case, such as in "The Trap" wherein a physically and verbally-abused housewife conspires and becomes intimate with her brother-in-law to get revenge on her JerkAss husband.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Several stories feature adulterers, both male and female. By the end, they get their comeuppance.
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comeuppance. "Three's a Crowd" makes you think it is going to be this, only to brutally subvert it in the most heart-wrenching way possible.
** SympatheticAdulterer: That said, sometimes that isn't the case, such as in "The Trap" wherein a physically and verbally-abused housewife conspires and becomes intimate with her brother-in-law to get revenge on her JerkAss husband.
possible.
19th Apr '16 10:06:39 AM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* CruelTwistEnding: A few episodes.

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* CruelTwistEnding: A few episodes. "Three's A Crowd" being the most notable.
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