It also wasn't uncommon 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 Forrest Gump, the Crypt Keeper appeared as "Fearest", a slow-witted but kinder version of himself with a box of chocolates on his lap.
Edited for Syndication: You better believe it. FOX used to run repeats in their prime-time line-up during the mid-90s (mostly on Saturday nights after the local news), and the series later turned up on basic cable channels, like the Sci Fi Channel and 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.
Hey, It's That Guy!: Due to the show's anthology structure and penchant for casting well-known actors as guest stars, this happens at least twice an episode. It didn't change when the show's production moved to the United Kingdom in its final season.
The dryly unflappable Ben Stein plays a short-tempered and verbally abusive mortuary owner in "Doctor of Horror."
Well-known horror actor Michael Berryman, recognized for playing mutants and monsters, plays Rupert Van Helsing (a Vampire Hunter) in "The Reluctant Vampire." The normally serious Berryman delivers a wonderful comic performance in that episode as well.
Promoted Fanboy: John Kassir read and collected the comics when he was a kid.
Real-Life Relative: "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).
What Could Have Been: Besides Demon Knight, 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 Universal Studios 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.
According to a rumor, Dead Easy (retitled Fat Tuesday) was finished, but due to Executive Meddling 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 that he would be branded racist, producer Joel Silver stepped in and locked the finished film away hoping nobody would see or hear about it.
Peter Jackson had his own pitch for a movie entry: The Frighteners. Producers deemed it as being strong enough to be released as a completely stand-alone movie.