* AdaptationDisplacement: Most modern audiences are ''more'' familiar with the TV series than the original 1950's comics.
* AllStarCast: It was amazing how many A-list actors they got to both write and direct for this show; WhoopiGoldberg even appeared [[AsHimself As Herself]] in the outro to one episode being interviewed by the Crypt Keeper.
* {{Anvilicious}}: A pretty intentional and self-aware version of it.
* CompleteMonster: While ''Tales from the Crypt'' tended to play a lot of its [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror]] for {{camp}} or BlackComedy, [[TheBluebeard Howard Prince]] from season 4's "[[Recap/TalesFromTheCryptS4E1NoneButTheLonelyHeart None But The Lonely Heart]]" is an exception. Prince is a charismatic young man who courts older, richer women and gains their affection. However, once they've tied the knot, Prince poisons them and cruelly leaves them to die as he reaps their riches, all while playing the part of the grieving husband before he starts the process over again. His FauxAffablyEvil persona makes it all the more cruel. And he's willing to kill anyone else who might pose a threat to his operations, as even his own partners in the scheme aren't safe when Prince becomes paranoid over someone discovering the truth of his actions.
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* ConspicuousCG: Even though the CGI to bring HumphreyBogart (and Creator/AlfredHitchcock in a cameo) back to life in the episode "You Murderer" was still pretty well done, there are moments when the CGI can be off at times.
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[KnightTemplar The main character]] of "The Man Who Was Death" gets this, as lots of people agreed with what he was doing!
* HarsherInHindsight: "Yellow" features Kirk Douglas and his son Eric as a general and his cowardly son, the latter being executed for abandoning his fellow men in the field. Sadly, as Eric died in 2004 of an accidental drug overdose, Kirk ended up outliving his son in real life as well.
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Confession," Creator/EddieIzzard's character talks about his new story idea about Satan being reincarnated as a serial killer. The twist? [[Series/{{Dexter}} He's a serial killer that only kills other serial killers.]]
* ItWasHisSled: The twist to "Lower Berth" [[spoiler:which shows the origin of the Crypt Keeper]] was surprising at the time, but not so much anymore. Many episode descriptions reveal the twist so casually, as does the Season 2 documentary featurette on the DVD.
* JerkassWoobie: Jon Lovitz's character in "Top Billing".
** Leo Burns in "As Ye Sow" who, whilst fundamentally a decent person, was driven to insane rage when he suspects his wife (whom he is deeply in love with) is cheating on him. Even if you don't sympathise with him after he crosses the MoralEventHorizon by ordering a hitman to kill the other man in question, by the time it ends you will ''certainly'' wish it had turned out differently.
* JerkassHasAPoint: The husband from "Collection Completed" goes too far in trying to kill his wife's many pets, but it's tough to deny he had a right to be upset by the way she neglected him to dote on her animals. Her resentment that he was rarely there for her is hard to justify when one bears in mind that he spent decades working his ass off to support her ''and'' her pets.
* MoralEventHorizon: OnceAnEpisode. When a character crosses this line, you know they're in trouble.
* RecycledScript: The host segments in ''Bordello of Blood'' are almost the same as the ones from "The Assassin" - even reusing guest star William Sadler!
** Both "Top Billing" and "Beauty Rest" are pretty much the ''exact same'' plot and twist- just with the gender of their main protagonists and their goals changed. One was getting the leading role in ''Hamlet'' in the former story and the other was becoming a pageant winner.
* ShoutOut: On the YMMV page because it's only a ''possible'' one. In "Split Second," TheWoobie's name is Ted, and the actor who plays him, Billy Wirth, bears more than a passing resemblance to Creator/KeanuReeves.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The Crypt Keeper puppet itself still looks good today, but the slight audio delay required to operate it meant that John Kassir can sometimes be heard cackling off-stage before the puppet starts talking.
** At the beginning of Abra Cadaver, you can see the sound mic at the top of the screen.
* TearJerker: The endings to "As Ye Sow" and "Three's a Crowd" are quite possibly the saddest moments in all of Tales From The Crypt.
** The [[SuddenDownerEnding ending]] to the mostly humorous "Judy, You're Not Yourself Today," is also a pretty big one.
** The ending to "'Til Death Do We Part" is another. GenreSavvy viewers will likely see [[IndulgentFantasySegue the twist]] coming well ahead of time, which can make the seeming AwesomeMoment leading up to it become a GutPunch in itself.
** After the Crypt Keeper show us [[spoiler: how he was conceived]], you expect him to crack a joke at the end. He does...while sobbing his eyes out. He's legitimately upset he never got to see his [[spoiler: parents]] and he admits the tale makes him utterly depressed. The final shot is him letting out a cackle that dissolves into a tragic laugh.
* UglyCute: Baby Crypt Keeper
* TheWoobie: Quite a few. Bobby in "Fitting Punishment" may be one of the more notable examples, as well as Enoch in "Lower Berth."
** It takes a lot to make viewers sympathize with someone pulling a verbatim "IfICantHaveYou" moment, but by the time Charlie in "Dead Right" snaps and stabs his cruel, openly spiteful gold-digger of a wife to death, you still can't help but feel sorry for him.
** Dudley from ''The Third Pig''.
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