Adaptation Displacement: Most modern audiences are more familiar with the TV series than the original 1950's comics, especially the portrayal of the Crypt Keeper as a wisecracking revenant rather than an old man. It doesn't help that reprinted collections of the original comics are ungodly expensive.
All-Star Cast: It was amazing how many A-list actors they got to both write and direct for this show; Whoopi Goldberg even appeared As Herself in the outro to one episode being interviewed by the Crypt Keeper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of "Carrion Death", when the vulture kills Diggs by ripping his eye out, while the initial effect still looks pretty good it's clearly a dummy head switched out for Kyle MacLachlan's in the final shot.
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 "Yellow," particularly for Kirk Douglas' character. And that's without the real-life Harsher in Hindsight aspect.
After the Crypt Keeper shows us 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 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.
Bobby in "Fitting Punishment" may be one of the more notable examples.
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, being framed for the murder of his brothers and his attempt at revenge against the wolf who really killed them backfiring on him.
Patricia Arquette's character in "Four-Sided Triangle." The way she tells old man Yates in a near-cry that she'd rather die than stay on his farm says the most about the way he and his wife abuse her.