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YMMV: Tales from the Crypt
  • Adaptation Displacement: Most modern audiences are more familiar with the TV series than the original 1950's comics.
  • Anvilicious: A pretty intentional and self-aware version of it.
  • Complete Monster: While Tales from the Crypt tended to play a lot of its horror for camp or Black Comedy, Howard Prince from season 4's "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 Faux Affably Evil 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.
    • Dalton Scott in "Forever Ambergris" is also another very noticeable exception to horror being played for camp or Black Comedy. A war photographer bitter about his slide into irrelevance, he sends a young up and coming photographer, who views Dalton as both a father figure and his idol, into a village that causes a horrific necrotizing plague, all so he can steal the Kid's pictures for his own and sleep with his wife. When the kid begins manifesting plague systems, causing a horrific death, Dalton proceeds to mock him in his agony, going as far as extinguishing his cigarette into the kids eyes, commenting "There goes that wonderful eye of yours" and takes great pleasure in doing so. He then ensures that he prolongs the Kid's death before machine gunning him and burning his body in order to cover the truth of his actions. A sadist through and through, Dalton stands as one of the most vicious and thoroughly vile main characters the show has ever featured.
  • Conspicuous CG: Even though the CGI to bring Humphrey Bogart (and Alfred Hitchcock 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.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The main character of "The Man Who Was Death" gets this, as lots of people agreed with what he was doing!
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Confession," Eddie Izzard's character talks about his new story idea about Satan being reincarnated as a serial killer. The twist? He's a serial killer that only kills other serial killers.
  • It Was His Sled: The twist to "Lower Berth" 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: 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 Moral Event Horizon 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Once an Episode. When a character crosses this line, you know they're in trouble.
  • Recycled Script: 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.
  • Shout-Out: On the YMMV page because it's only a possible one. In "Split Second," The Woobie's name is Ted, and the actor who plays him, Billy Wirth, bears more than a passing resemblance to Keanu Reeves.
  • Special Effect Failure: 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.
  • Tear Jerker: 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 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. Genre Savvy viewers will likely see the twist coming well ahead of time, which can make the seeming Awesome Moment leading up to it become a Gut Punch in itself.
  • Ugly Cute: Baby Crypt Keeper
  • The Woobie: 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 "If I Can't Have You" 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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