!![[Film/TalesFromTheCrypt 1972 film]]

* RealitySubtext: Creator/PeterCushing plays Grimsdyke, a widower who attempts to contact his wife via Ouija board. Cushing's own wife had died shortly before he took the role, and he evidently insisted that he would be perfect for it. Ouch. The picture Mr. Grimsdyke is talking to? ''That's a picture of Cushing's late wife.''
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is full to bursting with early-'70s clothing and decor.

!![[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt TV series]]

* ActingForTwo: Creator/TimCurry plays an entire family in "Death of Some Salesmen."
** Creator/MartinSheen plays three different roles (two magicians and a motion picture salesman) in "Well-Cooked Hams."
* ActorAllusion:
** John Kassir pulls a meta example in the episode "Oil's Well That Ends Well", wherein he plays a con man who at one point chuckles like the Crypt Keeper. [[LampshadeHanging The Crypt Keeper himself then remarks on how familiar his voice sounds.]]
** It also wasn't rare for more famous directors to be alluded to in the episodes they directed. When Robert Zemeckis made "You, Murderer" using the same footage-insertion technology as he did in ''Film/ForrestGump'', the Crypt Keeper appeared as "Fearest", a slow-witted but kinder version of himself with a box of chocolates on his lap.
** In "What's Cookin'," landlord Mr. Chumley (played by Creator/MeatLoaf) gets [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow carved up and eaten]].
* AllStarCast: Sort of the entire point. Everyone from Christopher Reeve to Ben Stein showed up at some point.
* DawsonCasting: Brad Dourif played the younger brother of Bill Paxton in the episode "People Who Live in Brass Hearses". Dourif is five years older than Paxton.
* EditedForSyndication: You better believe it. FOX used to run repeats in their prime-time line-up during the mid-1990s (mostly on Saturday nights after the local news), and the series later turned up on basic cable channels, like the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] and Creator/{{AMC}}. The show on all three networks was edited for gore, sexual content, nudity, violence, explicit language, and, of course, making room for commercial breaks.
* MarketBasedTitle: Known as "Hollywood Nightmare" in Japan most likely due to how obscure the American comics are overseas.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Larry Drake built a career on playing creepy, dangerous villains (and indeed, played ''the'' [[BadSanta most creepy and dangerous villain]] in season 1's "...And All Through the House"), but in season 2's "The Secret" he plays the slightly creepy but very kindhearted butler who befriends the young main character and ultimately [[HeroicSacrifice dies trying to protect him]].
** The dryly unflappable Ben Stein plays a short-tempered and verbally abusive mortuary owner in "Doctor of Horror".
** Well-known horror actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Berryman Michael Berryman]], recognized for playing mutants and monsters, plays Rupert Van Helsing (a VampireHunter) in "The Reluctant Vampire". The normally serious Berryman delivers a wonderful comic performance in that episode as well.
** Creator/SamWaterston appeared in the Season 5 episode "As Ye Sow," playing an unscrupulous private eye who offered to (and did) hire a hitman on behalf of his client. He would debut on ''LawAndOrder'' one year later in the role of Jack [=McCoy=], a prosecutor with an unshakable drive to see justice done.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: John Astin in "Top Billing". His character is essentially [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Gomez Addams]], only if he was ''really'' a dangerously AxCrazy nuthouse patient instead of just seeming like one.
* PromotedFanboy: John Kassir read and collected the comics when he was a kid.
* RealLifeRelative: "Lower Berth" guest stars Jeff Yagher, who is the older brother of Kevin Yagher (who not only directed said episode, but was a key person behind the Crypt Keeper's effects).
** Real life father and son Kirk Douglas and Eric Douglas played father and son in "Yellow".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Besides ''Film/DemonKnight'', there were plans for two more movies. ''Dead Easy'' (a New Orleans zombie romp) which would possibly have opened the following Halloween that year, and ''Body Count'' (about a documentarian who discovers his uncle's dark secret).
** ''Demon Knight'' was supposed to be the second film in the original proposed trilogy, but Creator/UniversalStudios thought it should go first because it was "the most ''Tales''-like" feature out of the three. Ironically, it ended up being the only one made.
** [[http://www.geocities.ws/imb210/fattuesday.html According to a rumor]], ''Dead Easy'' (retitled ''Fat Tuesday'') '''was''' finished, but due to {{executive meddl|ing}}ers who thought the film wouldn't be commercially viable, a script that called for a large African-American cast ended up being produced with a cast entirely of white actors. Out of fear of UnfortunateImplications, producer Joel Silver stepped in and locked the finished film away, [[Main/OldShame hoping nobody would see or hear about it.]]
** Creator/PeterJackson had his own pitch for a movie entry: ''Film/TheFrighteners''. Producers deemed it as being strong enough to be released as a completely stand-alone movie.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** William Sadler plays Talbot in "The Man Who Was Death", [[Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure The Grim Reaper]] in "The Assassin", Brayker in ''Film/DemonKnight'' and a mummy in ''Film/BordelloOfBlood''.
** Miguel Ferrer appears in prominent roles in "The Thing from the Grave" and "In the Groove", as well as having an uncredited minor role in "As Ye Sow."
** Michael Ironside has roles in both "Come the Dawn" and "The Sacrifice."
** Joey Pants appeared in both "Dig That Cat, He's Real Gone" and "Split Personality."
** Larry Drake appeared in "...And All Through The House" and "The Secret."
** Lance Henriksen appeared in both "Cutting Cards" and "Yellow."
** Character actor Roy Brocksmith appeared in a few episodes: He has a prominent role as the mad surgeon in "The Switch" and had minor roles in both "The Man Who Was Death" and "Cutting Cards" (interestingly enough, playing bartenders in both).

!![[Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt Pinball game]]

* InMemoriam: The end of the pinball game's credits reads "In Loving Memory of William Gaines", the publisher and co-editor of the original Creator/ECComics.
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