History WesternAnimation / TalesFromTheCryptkeeper

26th Aug '16 6:14:15 PM GoblinCipher
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An animated spin-off of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' that ran for three seasons. The first two were on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1993 to 1994, the last on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1999 to 2000. Unlike its live-action counterpart, ''Cryptkeeper'' usually had kids as the heroes in its stories; therefore, most of the stories had to lack blood and gore, with a horror factor that was more akin to ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' and usually having an aesop. During the second season, the show brought in Cryptkeeper's co-{{Horror Host}}s from the comics, the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper, who would usually try to steal the spotlight away from the Cryptkeeper.

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An animated spin-off of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' that ran for three seasons. The first two were on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1993 to 1994, the last on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1999 to 2000. Unlike its live-action counterpart, ''Cryptkeeper'' usually had kids as the heroes in its stories; therefore, most of the stories had to lack blood and gore, with a horror factor that was more akin to ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' and usually having an aesop.AnAesop. During the second season, the show brought in Cryptkeeper's co-{{Horror Host}}s from the comics, the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper, who would usually try to steal the spotlight away from the Cryptkeeper.
22nd Aug '16 6:18:52 PM tropower
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* AnAesop: As it was a kids' show, this was pretty mandatory.
** This was even truer in the third season (thanks to new FCC rules calling for more educational TV shows for kids), to the point where it became {{Anvilicious}}.

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* AnAesop: As it was a kids' show, this was pretty mandatory.
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Each episode usually ended with one. This was even truer as taken further in the third season (thanks to new FCC rules calling for more educational TV shows for kids), to the point where it became {{Anvilicious}}.
21st Aug '16 12:11:46 PM nombretomado
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* ReTool: Season 1 was pretty faithful to the format of the live-action series - a story bookended by Crypt Keeper segments taking place in his old house. For Season 2, {{EC Comics}}' other horror hosts (the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper) were added as antagonists - each bent on stealing the show. This prompted the Crypt Keeper to leave his house and "take the show on the road," with his segments taking place in different locales and him being pestered by the competition. Season 3 dropped the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper and instead had the Crypt Keeper a part of the stories (usually setting them in motion). And while the preceding two seasons contained aesops, Season 3 was arguably more {{Anvilicious}} (with one plot revolving around teaching a boy the importance of reading).

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* ReTool: Season 1 was pretty faithful to the format of the live-action series - a story bookended by Crypt Keeper segments taking place in his old house. For Season 2, {{EC Creator/{{EC Comics}}' other horror hosts (the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper) were added as antagonists - each bent on stealing the show. This prompted the Crypt Keeper to leave his house and "take the show on the road," with his segments taking place in different locales and him being pestered by the competition. Season 3 dropped the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper and instead had the Crypt Keeper a part of the stories (usually setting them in motion). And while the preceding two seasons contained aesops, Season 3 was arguably more {{Anvilicious}} (with one plot revolving around teaching a boy the importance of reading).
16th Jul '16 6:26:34 PM SpideyTerry
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: "The Sleeping Beauty" has a couple references to princes who disappeared during quests to the castle. After being faced with the queen vampire, Chuck encounters a group of male vampires all dressed like princes.



* FreudianExcuse: Implied in "Grounds for Horror" with the hardass counselor. He says he never had time to be a kid--suggesting he didn't have a carefree childhood like his charges.



* GenreSavvy: The bully's pals in "Hyde and Go Shriek" suspect Wendell knows more than he's letting on, but they really don't want to push it.

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* GenreBlindness: Lampshaded in "The Sleeping Beauty" before the brothers enter the castle. Melvin complains that Chuck wants to go inside--pointing out that this castle has a curse on it and a reputation for making princes disappear.
* GenreSavvy: The bully's pals in "Hyde and Go Shriek" suspect Wendell knows more than he's letting on, planned for exactly how things worked out, but they really don't want to push it.



** "Grounds... For Horror!" keeps the idea of a kid being defended by a NotSoImaginaryFriend, but the original comic involved an outright abusive stepfather instead of a hardass camp counselor who learns how to enjoy himself.

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** "Grounds... For Horror!" "Grounds for Horror" keeps the idea of a kid being defended by a NotSoImaginaryFriend, but the original comic involved an outright abusive stepfather instead of a hardass camp counselor who learns how to enjoy himself.



* TheManBehindTheMan: "Hyde and Go Shriek" strongly implies that the Crypt Keeper ended up being this for Wendell. Wendell gets the monster chemicals owned by the parents of one of Rex's pals. The kid mentions the store used to belong to some strange guy, and we see the Crypt Keeper's face of the box containing the monster chemicals.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: "Hyde and Go Shriek" strongly implies that the Crypt Keeper ended up being this for Wendell. Wendell gets the monster chemicals owned by the parents of one One of Rex's pals. The kid mentions pals sells Wendell the store used to belong to some strange guy, and we box of monster chemicals--saying it was just there when his father bought the store. Viewers can briefly see the Crypt Keeper's face of on the box containing box, as the monster chemicals.kid's getting it.
* ManChild: "Grounds for Horror" ends with the hardass counselor learning to have fun with the kids.
-->"He's a living, breathing example of that old saying, 'A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child.'"



* ShoutOut: In "Fare Tonight," Camille peddles a bike and Mildred rides in the basket, as they try to get over a movable bridge in the process of rising. While in midair, we see [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial them and their bike passing right by a full moon]].
-->'''Girls:''' [[LampshadeHanging Ever cinematic!]]

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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In "Fare Tonight," Camille peddles a bike and Mildred rides in the basket, as they try to get over a movable bridge in the process of rising. While in midair, we see [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial them and their bike passing right by a full moon]].
-->'''Girls:''' --->'''Girls:''' [[LampshadeHanging Ever cinematic!]]cinematic!]]
** The end segment of "Growing Pains" sees [[Film/TheWizardOfOz a tornado dropping a house on the Old Witch]].


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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Louis spends most of "Gorilla's Paw" idolizing three kids and doing anything they ask in order to be let in their club. It's clear they have little regard for him, but despite their talk of "friends defending friends," they're quick to turn on each other when things get tough. When everything's resolved, Louis says he's too good for them and walks out.
2nd Jun '16 4:13:25 PM SpideyTerry
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* DreamWithinADream: "Pleasant Screams" sees a teacher and one of his students trapped in a world full of monsters. The two realize they have something in common: they've both been mean to a boy in the class and this nightmare is a way of getting back at them. After this realization, the boy wakes up in class--getting an earful from the teacher and snark from his classmate. It then looks like the nightmare is about to start all over again, but then the teacher wakes up in his bed--realizing he was dreaming the whole time and needs to be nicer to the boy.



* InNameOnly: Season three's adaptation of the comic book story "Drawn and Quartered", which took the original story about a vengeful artist using voodoo so that whatever he painted in his pictures happened to the critics who cheated him and made it about a young boy who loved to draw being given a magic pencil by the Crypt Keeper and using it to get even with the two boys who bully him through his drawings.

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* InNameOnly: InNameOnly:
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Season three's adaptation of the comic book story "Drawn and Quartered", which took the original story about a vengeful artist using voodoo so that whatever he painted in his pictures happened to the critics who cheated him and made it about a young boy who loved to draw being given a magic pencil by the Crypt Keeper and using it to get even with the two boys who bully him through his drawings.drawings.
** Both the comic and cartoon versions of "The Works... In Wax!" involve a wax museum and the contents being realer than anticipated. Otherwise, the stories are vastly different: the former being about the proprietor's wife changing the murderer displays and the husband finding he should have left well-enough alone, while the latter is about a boy who idolizes the museum's wax monsters and tries to stop a corrupt businessman from claiming the property after the original owner dies.
** "Grounds... For Horror!" keeps the idea of a kid being defended by a NotSoImaginaryFriend, but the original comic involved an outright abusive stepfather instead of a hardass camp counselor who learns how to enjoy himself.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "While the Cat's Away" was the first episode. After enduring numerous scares, the kids find a treasure chest that contains ''Tales from the Crypt'' #1.



** The first episode, "While the Cat's Away", has the two boys who broke into the [[spoiler: Crypt Keeper's]] house find a Tales from the Crypt comic book while trying to find something valuable. Fittingly enough, said episode was one of the few Tales from the Crypt Keeper episodes to be an adaptation of a story from the original Tales from the Crypt comic book.

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** The first episode, "While the Cat's Away", has the two boys who broke into the [[spoiler: Crypt Keeper's]] house find a Tales from the Crypt comic book while trying to find something valuable. Fittingly enough, said episode was one of the few Tales ''Tales from the Crypt Keeper Keeper'' episodes to be an adaptation of a story from the original Tales from the Crypt comic book.


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** The Season 2 intro involves the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper trying to steal the Crypt Keeper's book. When it goes flying, the pages are shown to be comics.


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* ParentalBonus: In "Fare Tonight," Camille and Mildred are running from the vampire, who rips out a factory's staircase and throws it at them. They just miss getting crushed because of some missed steps they broke off earlier. Relieved, they exclaim, "Cool! Creator/BusterKeaton!"--a reference to the famous stunt from ''Film/SteamboatBillJr''.
* PragmaticAdaptation: "While the Cat's Away" kept the basic plot of the original comic story (which was about two thieving travel agents breaking into a spooky mansion to claim possible treasure and encountering horrific sights); it just softened the more adult details, replaced the adults with kids, and shortened how long the characters were trapped in the house. The TwistEnding ([[spoiler:it being the Crypt Keeper's house all along]]) was left intact.


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* ShoutOut: In "Fare Tonight," Camille peddles a bike and Mildred rides in the basket, as they try to get over a movable bridge in the process of rising. While in midair, we see [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial them and their bike passing right by a full moon]].
-->'''Girls:''' [[LampshadeHanging Ever cinematic!]]
29th May '16 4:49:11 PM SpideyTerry
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* ActuallyNotAVampire: The female protagonists of "Fare Tonight" search for proof of vampires. They end up on the trail of spooky looking guy who only appears at night and seems to be luring a would-be victim to a secluded area. [[spoiler:He's not the vampire; he's a vampire ''hunter''. It's the limo driver the girls know that is the actual vampire.]]

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* ActuallyNotAVampire: ActuallyNotAVampire:
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The female protagonists of "Fare Tonight" search for proof of vampires. They end up on the trail of spooky looking guy who only appears at night and seems to be luring a would-be victim to a secluded area. [[spoiler:He's not the vampire; he's a vampire ''hunter''. It's the limo driver the girls know that is the actual vampire.]]]]
** "Transylvania Express" sees Ben and Mike sneak onto a train, where they find a coffin and suspect one of the "weird dudes" from the station is a vampire. However, it turns out all the vampires sneaked onto the train, too.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The Crypt Keeper himself. He retains a dark sense of humor, but his live-action counterpart was much more vicious.



* ArtShift: As noted above. The Season 3 intro actually features footage from all the seasons, so you can see how they differ.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Wendell in "Hyde and Go Shriek." He took a lot of abuse from Rex and his pals, but he saw it as just good fun and never took it personally. However, Rex causes Wendell to lose his pet mouse, Mr. Jekyll. Afterwards, Wendell vows to get revenge. [[spoiler:He succeeds.]]



* BringItBackAlive: The hunter in "Hunted" doesn't ''kill'' animals... but sells them to the highest bidder, with absolutely no concern for their future welfare. Still makes him extremely unsympathetic.

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** In the first episode of Season 2 ("Game Over"), the Old Witch turns the Crypt Keeper into a frog. In the last episode of the season ("Transylvania Express"), she tries to do it again, but he manages to deflect the blast and turn her into a frog instead.
* BringItBackAlive: The hunter in "Hunted" doesn't ''kill'' animals... but sells them to the highest bidder, with absolutely no concern for their future welfare. Still makes him extremely unsympathetic. He even made a point of saying that he gets paid whether the animals are killed or not--implying he only hesitated this time because his native helpers were watching.



* DirtyCoward: Chuck constantly in both episodes he appears in. He always runs from trouble, even abandoning Melvin on a regular basis.



* HurricaneOfPuns: Whenever the Crypt Keeper goes up against the Old Witch or the Vault Keeper. Even more so when all three of them are in an episode.



* IgnoredExpert: The train conductor in "Transylvania Express" warned Ben and Mike to wait for the morning train instead of take the night one. He did so because he knew a vampire attack was likely, but he didn't think they'd believe that part.



* MirrorCrackingUgly: The Old Witch. She doesn't even have to look in a mirror; her just being near one causes it to break.
* MiseryBuldsCharacter: The obnoxious counselor in "Grounds for Horror" rides his charges hard in order to make men out of them.
* MythologyGag: The first episode, "While the Cat's Away", has the two boys who broke into the [[spoiler: Crypt Keeper's]] house find a Tales from the Crypt comic book while trying to find something valuable. Fittingly enough, said episode was one of the few Tales from the Crypt Keeper episodes to be an adaptation of a story from the original Tales from the Crypt comic book.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: "Hyde and Go Shriek" strongly implies that the Crypt Keeper ended up being this for Wendell. Wendell gets the monster chemicals owned by the parents of one of Rex's pals. The kid mentions the store used to belong to some strange guy, and we see the Crypt Keeper's face of the box containing the monster chemicals.
* MirrorCrackingUgly: The Old Witch. She doesn't even have to look in a mirror; her just being near one causes it to break.
break. On a few occasions, she's also literally caused the fourth wall to crack.
* MiseryBuldsCharacter: MiseryBuildsCharacter: The obnoxious counselor in "Grounds for Horror" rides his charges hard in order to make men out of them.
* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
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The first episode, "While the Cat's Away", has the two boys who broke into the [[spoiler: Crypt Keeper's]] house find a Tales from the Crypt comic book while trying to find something valuable. Fittingly enough, said episode was one of the few Tales from the Crypt Keeper episodes to be an adaptation of a story from the original Tales from the Crypt comic book.book.
** The intro to "Transylvania Express" is the Crypt Keeper looking for some new digs. He approaches someone to say this isn't his usual "haunt" and then finds he's talking to the Old Witch--a subtle nod to ''The Haunt of Fear'', which was hosted by her.



* PungeonMaster: Would you expect any less from the Crypt Keeper and his fellow EC hosts?
* RealAfterAll: In "Hyde and Go Shriek," Rex's pals see Wendell trying to bulk up for a fight with him. One of them claims that Wendell can make a formula that'll give him muscles, so he sells him the box. They don't believe it'll actually work, but when stories of a monster start up, they realize it's true and try to warn Rex.



* SadlyMythtaken: "Myth Conceptions," which changes the story of Medusa, though it acknowledges so. [[spoiler:Medusa ''heroically'' defended her temple lair from the likes of Perseus, who was trying to rob the treasures within. Oh, and Medusa can shapeshift and can't be turned to stone by looking at her reflection.]]

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* SadlyMythtaken: "Myth Conceptions," which Conceptions" changes the story of Medusa, though but it acknowledges doing so. The archaeologist discusses the story with a little girl, saying he actually believes Perseus failed to defeat Medusa. He ends up being right, but that's not the whole story. [[spoiler:Medusa ''heroically'' defended her temple lair from the likes those like of Perseus, who was trying to rob the treasures within. Oh, and Medusa It also turns out the little girl was Medusa--meaning she can shapeshift and shapeshift. She also can't be turned to stone by looking at her reflection.]]


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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** The fourth episode is the only one of Season 1 to use a TwoShorts format (respectively, "Gone Fishin'" and "A Little Body of Work"). Two episodes of Season 2 would later try it: "Cold Blood, Warm Hearts" and "The Spider and the Flies" form one episode [[note]]The InUniverse justification for this is the Old Witch telling the former story and the Crypt Keeper trying to make up for a sappy romance with a scarier tale[[/note]], and "The Avenging Phantom" and "Myth Conceptions" form another.
** Season 2's "The Brothers Gruff" is the only one of the season where neither the Old Witch nor the Vault Keeper try to horn in.


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* SurferDude: Ben and Mike are, like, totally righteous examples of this trope, dude.
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* ActuallyNotAVampire: The female protagonists of "Fare Tonight" search for proof of vampires. They end up on the trail of spooky looking guy who only appears at night and seems to be luring a would-be victim to a secluded area. [[spoiler:He's not the vampire; he's a vampire ''hunter''. It's the limo driver the girls know that is the actual vampire.]]



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In "Gorilla's Paw," Louis steals the titular object from a shop for a group of kids he idolizes and makes wishes for their benefit. It's a LiteralGenie--something the shop owner cryptically warned them about.



* GainaxEnding: The "Game Over" episode.

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* GainaxEnding: The "Game Over" episode.takes it pretty far. [[spoiler:The two kids who regularly skipped school to play video games find that they're video game characters, and they get killed. Two alien creatures are then shown playing the game and acting just like their counterparts did, just as a game monster approaches them from behind.]]



* IncomingHam: The Old Witch would always announce her presence with a loud, "Guess who?!"



* MirrorCrackingUgly: The Old Witch.

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* MirrorCrackingUgly: The Old Witch. She doesn't even have to look in a mirror; her just being near one causes it to break.
* MiseryBuldsCharacter: The obnoxious counselor in "Grounds for Horror" rides his charges hard in order to make men out of them.



* NothingIsScarier: Due to [[ExecutiveMeddling Standards & Practices giving them a draconian list of things they could not show on television]], (being a kid's show, gore was a given, but the list also had vague generalizations like "Eyeballs floating in a pink ooze" and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Nothing overly terrifying"]]), so the writers were forced to use this trope [[TropesAreTools to great effect.]]

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* NothingIsScarier: Due to [[ExecutiveMeddling Standards & Practices giving them a draconian list of things they could not show on television]], (being a kid's show, gore was a given, but the list also had vague generalizations like "Eyeballs floating in a pink ooze" and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Nothing overly terrifying"]]), so the writers were forced to use this trope [[TropesAreTools to great effect.]]]] "Grounds for Horror" offers a good example, as the featured monster remains largely invisible. When it shows the characters its true form, the audience only sees a shadow.
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* AllMenArePerverts: With the female vampire in "The Sleeping Beauty" disposed of, Melvin comes upon the actual sleeping beauty. He acknowledges this could be yet another vampire, but he decides to chance it in return for a kiss.



* BatmanGambit: The ending of "Hyde and Go Shriek" [[spoiler:reveals Wendell actively harassed his bully as a monster in order to goad him into taking chemicals to even the score]]. [[spoiler:After transforming for the first time, the bully is immediately captured--never to bother Wendell ever again]].



* {{Callback}}: Several characters from Season 1 came back for Season 2: Camille and Mildred were in "Fare Tonight" and "The Weeping Woman"; Chuck and Melvin in "The Sleeping Beauty" and, well, "Chuck (and Melvin) and the Beanstalker"; Wendell and two bullies in "Hyde and Go Shriek" and "Growing Pains"; and Ben and Mike in "Ghost Ship" and "Transylvania Express".


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* DarkIsNotEvil: Seen in the first season's intro. A kid is running through the Crypt Keeper's house, with many scary monsters emerging to run after him. It turns out the monsters just want to watch the show, even offering the kid some popcorn. Various episodes would also use this trope.


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* GenreSavvy: The bully's pals in "Hyde and Go Shriek" suspect Wendell knows more than he's letting on, but they really don't want to push it.


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* InsistentTerminology: Chuck and Melvin are twins, but as Chuck angrily reminds him more than once, "''not identical''."
* IronicHell: Chuck is horrified at the end of "The Sleeping Beauty" [[spoiler:to be turned into a vampire--not because it makes him a monster, but because he can no longer see his reflection]].


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** The ending of "Hunted" is another one. [[spoiler:The hunter is captured by the beast he pursued, who turns out to have been just like him years ago. He was cursed and had to learn to respect nature. He knew he could pass the curse on to someone else and knew only villainous hunters would go this deep into the jungle.]]


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* SequelEpisode: Several characters from Season 1 would return for Season 2, often acknowledging their prior adventures:
** Camille and Mildred from "Fare Tonight" appear in "The Weeping Woman".
** Chuck and Melvin from "The Sleeping Beauty" appear in, well, "Chuck (and Melvin) and the Beanstalker".
** Wendell and two bullies from "Hyde and Go Shriek" appear in "Growing Pains".
** Ben and Mike from "Ghost Ship" appear in "Transylvania Express".


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-->"Ten seconds... ten ''lousy'' seconds."


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* UnexplainedRecovery: "The Sleeping Beauty" ended with Chuck [[spoiler:being turned into a vampire]]. He's back to normal in the SequelEpisode, with Melvin casually mentioning the prior episode as their last trip into the dark forest.
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* AndIMustScream: Done many, many times.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Hunted", the Crypt Keeper sings "[[Music/ACDC Highway To Hell]]", before [[CurseCutShort saying]] [[StealthPun "Hello"]] to the viewers. To top it off, on the back of his biker jacket is the saying "Shriek Happens".

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Hunted", the Crypt Keeper sings "[[Music/ACDC Highway the first verse up to the chorus of "Highway To Hell]]", Hell", before [[CurseCutShort saying]] [[StealthPun "Hello"]] to the viewers. To top it off, on the back of his biker jacket is the saying "Shriek Happens".


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* InfantImmortality: Played straight in most episodes, but [[spoiler: averted ''[[TearJerker hard]]'' in "The Weeping Woman"]].
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