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Crypt TV is a YouTube channel consisting of anthology horror shorts, which are often either funny or scary. Or sometimes both. Its channel is located here.

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  • Accomplice by Inaction:
    • "Shelley":
      • In season 2, the titular ghost turns on Celine and leaves her to take the blame for the murders, as while she did try to tell people the truth about Shelley's death, she still watched it happen and did nothing to stop it.
      • To a lesser extent with Lauren one of the bullies. While she does feel remorseful for what happened to Shelley and did attempt to get Shelley help, she still covered up Shelley's death and Shelley makes sure to target her as well. She is the first of the bullies to go but has the quickest death.
  • Adults Are Useless: In Shelley, Celine told the teachers she saw Lauren, Nikki, and Heidi hang up Shelley’s body to make it look like she hung herself. They did not believe her and the three got away with murder. This is Subverted after the release of the Season 2 trailer, as it would appear that the teachers not only knew the truth all along... they were the ones who planned it. Also it was only Heidi who actually killed Shelley.
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  • Always a Bigger Fish: Several videos feature the various creatures of the Crypt TV fighting one another, sometimes very one-sidedly. Notably, the Sunny Family Cult, being humans, usually end up on the receiving end of a massacre when pitted against anything supernatural, like the Look-See, the Brute or Shelley.
  • And I Must Scream: In "The Binding Box". Anyone who opens the box becomes trapped in the form of a puppet, aware of everything, until someone replaces them.
  • Asshole Victim: The entire idea of Fight Night: horrible people are kidnapped and thrown into an electrified cage to fight for survival against monsters before an audience. This is then turned on its head, however, when it's revealed that not all of the "contestants" on either side are all that horrible, with the showrunner fabricating evidence to sell out seats for high-demand criminals such as child murderers. Thus, it gets hard to care about Myka or Mars's well-beings afterwords when Porter and Colossus kill them.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: Shelley takes place in two neighboring ones, considering that not only is the titular Shelley herself was killed by several students, but it turns out it was orchestrated and hidden by the staff of both schools who are also responsible for the death of Shelly's boyfriend, Oliver.
  • Botanical Abomination: The Birch. It (she?) has a roughly female shape, but a face like a skeleton, has no eyes, and a head that's covered in branches.
  • Breakout Character: The Birch would eventually get its own series.
  • Canon Welding: A number of shorts seem to be set in a Shared Universe (confirmed by Word of God) and the connections come in the form of various Easter eggs. So far, The Look See, The Birch, Mordeo, The Sunny Family Cult, and Stoneheart are implied to be connected. Confirmed in Sunny Family Cult S3E02, where a flashback shows a young Roger studying a creepy-looking book with images of the Look See, the Birch, the Mordeo, and Aponi (Stoneheart). More specifically, there's a ritual that he's interested in, which seemingly involves summoning the Look See, the Mordeo, and Aponi. Officially confirmed in S3E03, in which Roger explains to Taylor that monsters in the book are "divine creatures of darkness."
  • Cassandra Truth: In season 1 of Shelley, Lauren, Nikki, and Heidi weren’t the only ones who knew the truth behind Shelley’s “suicide”; in episode 3, it’s revealed that a classmate of theirs named Celine saw them hang up Shelley’s body to make it look like she had hung herself, and cover up what they had done. Celine even told the teachers what she saw, but no one believed her. This is subverted in Season 2, as it’s revealed that not only did the staff know the truth, but they orchestrated Shelley’s murder due to her being too nosy about the death of her boyfriend Oliver.
  • Cats Are Mean: The protagonist in Meow suspects the stray cat she found is murdering people. Subverted. It's her landlord trying to make the cat look guilty. Said cat saves the protagonist by killing the landlord, in one of Crypt TV's very rare happy endings.
  • Crossover: The Birch-Witch, the Look-See and the Mordeo were added to Dead by Daylight in 2021 as paid skins for existing Killers.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Miss Annity, from the "Miss Annity" series, chooses her victims for not living up to her old fashioned views. Of the victims, the first is a ballerina who doesn't have a perfect hourglass figure, the second is a work from home dad who wants to spend more time with his infant daughter instead of letting his wife do everything, and the third and last victim is a young gay man who doesn't fight back when beaten up. He's the only one to survive because he doesn't fight back and forgives his attacker. So Miss Annity takes his father instead.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Subverted in "Demon Clown." The reason Norton was running after those kids at night? He went to meet a client who had a clown fetish, and she threatened him with a knife before sexually assaulting him. He wasn't running after those kids because he was trying to kill them, he was running after them because he'd just been sexually assaulted and was crying for help. It's played seriously as it should be.
  • Fan Disservice: The Birch has visible feminine breasts with exposed nipples, but considering she's a skeleton-faced tree demon who violently kills people, the potential sexiness factor is severely diminished.
  • Hate Sink:
    • The Birch: Sebastian Polks is a violent crime boss who turned his hometown into a slum, thinks nothing over the addicts his drugs are killing; physically abusive towards his nephew Thurston, forcing him to work as a drug mule. He maims Evie's father to intimidate her, later forcing Thurston to kill him by threatening his kid brother. He later attempts to kill his nephews when his operations go south.
    • Camp Monster: Maddison is an arrogant and petty Alpha Bitch at the camp and wannabe monster hunter. She puts Eva through a hazing prank as part of an initiation; bullies her terrified bunkmate for crying and subjects her to a prank of her own; and when being chased by The Mauler, leaves one of her friends to die to save her own skin.
    • Mohawk:
      • Tiffany Walker is Sammy's aloof and generally unpleasant older, who sister who spends her time bitching over her family having to move to a new town. When she's not doing that, she constantly bullies and teases her brother, thinking of him as a "freak of nature" due to an Ambiguous Disorder he has.
      • Chad Walker is Sammy and Tiffany's father who at first seems distant to his son; it's implied he sees Sammy as a "freak" too. According to Tiffany, and his wife, he was a doctor who got fired over sexually harassing women. When Tiffany is killed by Estelle, Chad flies into a rage, telling Sammy he should have died instead, and begins trying to beat and strangle his son to death.
    • Mira Mira
      • The Girl In the Mirror: Amanda the protagonists vain and superficial cousin, and constantly bullies him over a facial birthmark he has self esteem issues over. Going as far as to do her make up in his bedroom while he's trying to sleep, she taunts him that "not everyone is meant for beauty."
      • Eye of the Beholder: Sheri is Amanda's mother, and as vain and narcissistic as she was in her youth despite becoming bitter with age. Blaming the protagonist for her daughter's death years before, she constantly yells at him and bullies him over his birthmark calling it a "devils mark".
      • New Blood: Jake and his girlfriend Cece are a duo of psychotic bullies who constantly terrorize and torment Patty over the burn scars that disfigured her, going as far as to tell her that the fire that killed her mother should have killed her too. At the time of the short, they end up chasing Patty through the woods with the intent on mutilating her. When Patty is saved by the protagonist of the previous shorts, Jake disembowls him and mocks him as he starts to bleed out.
      • School Days: Laura is the Alpha Bitch of Patty’s high school, and Kara and Cindy are her two cronies. When Patty accidentally comes into the girls’ bathroom during the three’s "vape escape", they corner her, relentlessly teasing her over her burn scars. Laura even goes as far as telling Patty that the fire should’ve blinded her so she wouldn’t have to see how ugly she is.
      • Boys Won’t be Boys: Eric is the most popular boy in school, and much to Patty’s surprise, asks her out on a date. Just when she’s about to get her first kiss from him, the date turns out to be a cruel prank set up by him and his friends.
    • Mordeo
      • Reunion: Zack was a friend of the protagonist from school, who ends up being a follower of the Mordeo. To become such a monster himself, he lures his friend a camping trip, before torturing him and cannibalizing another hostage and cracking sadistic jokes about it. Having turned into a Mordeo, he eats his friends hand after seeming to mimic their handshake.
    • Rapunzel vs Mira vs SFC: Victoria is a member of of the Sunny Family Cult, and sorority girl who started a fire that disfigured Rapunzel, killed her friends, boyfriend, and ruined her life, simply because Rapunzel refused to join her murder cult. If that wasn't enough she mocks her over it to her face, while planning to kill her.
    • Soot
      • Encounters: Dylan is an arrogant friend of the protagonists and a reckless driver who caused an accident that he brags about surviving badly scathed. He has no remorse that the accident caused an elderly couple to die, a mother to be paralyzed, while her baby was killed in the wreck; he tells his friend that their deaths are their own fault for following the rules. Simply put, when Soot arrives to claim him, he's got it coming.
    • Terra
      • Waterworks: Chuck is a violent brute who kidnaps the protagonist and holds her captive in a motel for days, demanding for a ransom despite being told the money he wants is impossible. He spends his time causing damage and setting fires out of petty violence, as well as beating and strangling the protagonist.
    • Woe Bone
      • Lexi's Vengeance: Ben and Christy are a sibling duo of homophobic bullies who pick on the protagonist and vandalize his house because he has two moms. They call him a freak and even a monster over it, and when they later corner him, jokingly threaten to drown him.
  • I am a Humanitarian: In Drug Deal, a couple buys marijuana from a man who got it from a tribe of cannibals, the strand of weed turns the couple seeking a desire for human flesh. The name of weed is a Pun for cannabis, the scientific name of weed.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Mother's Day is about a daughter praising her mother for protecting her by mutilating or killing anyone that's a threat to her, and providing for her by undertaking Self-Surgery learned from a YouTube tutorial so she can remove a kidney to sell.
  • Monster Clown: Zig-zagged with the titular clown in "Demon Clown".
    • At first, we're shown a video of a clown creepily stalking towards some kids across a dark street. Pretty standard setup for a Monster Clown, and it seems they're playing the trope straight.
    • We then cut to an interview with the clown in question, who's named Norton, during an interview. Norton turns out to be a simple-minded, if somewhat socially awkward, Non-Ironic Clown. It appears to be subverted...
    • That is, until the interviewer asks Norton about the video from the beginning. He suddenly quiets down, his mood worsens, and it seems something sinister is afoot...
    • Ultimately, it's subverted. It's revealed that he was sexually assaulted by a woman with clown fetish. That video of him supposedly creeping towards some teens was actually him desperately trying to find help, only to be cruelly mocked.
  • Monster of the Week: Much like its spiritual predecessor and inspiration, Crypt TV's formula usually boils down to presenting a new monster for every video. Though there are a few series on the channel that follow one monster over multiple episodes, such as The Look-See.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The three bullies in Shelley season 1 Hedei, Nikki and Lauren. Hedei is the mean one who willingly murders Shelley with her bare hands. Lauren is the nice one who tries to help Shelley out after she is choked out and feels the most remorse about covering up her death. Nikki is in-between as she smiles at Shelley getting chocked out but feels great remorse upon finding Lauren dead and didn't physically harm Shelley.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: The title character in "Demon Clown" turns out to actually be this. As he says at the end, "I just want to make people happy!"
  • Practical Effects: Since it's a web series that doesn't have the budget for CGI, all of the monsters are portrayed by people in costumes, and a lot of them are pretty damn scary-looking.
  • Reforged into a Minion: The creature from The Widower can do this to its female victims, turning them into its new "Wife".
  • Santabomination: Walter from the Milk & Cookies is a monstrous blue-skinned beast in a Santa suit that eats people and regurgitates them as lumps of coal.
  • Self-Made Orphan: At the end of season 2 of "Shelley", the titular ghost brutally murders her sister Lucy and their elderly mother and then burns down their house. Subverted as it's then later revealed to be Celine disguised as Shelley, who murdered her family in revenge for cutting off her hand and letting her take the blame for the murders in season 1.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Most of the stories have an Aesop that is convoluted and strange.
    • In Black Sugar, Don't do drugs, or you will be sent to an Eldritch Location.
    • In Valentine's Die, Don't cheat on your significant other, or cupid will hunt you down and kill you.
    • In 7 Rules, When in someone else's domain make sure you follow their rules, or else you will be killed by an unseen force.
    • In The Look-See series, holding onto your pain is unhealthy because a tall man with a Glasgow Grin will come and murder you if you don't let go.
    • In the Miss Annity series, follow conservative social etiquette or you will be tormented by a spider-demon.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Tales from the Crypt, both are anthological horror with the name crypt.
  • Toilet Horror: In the introductory video to the monster Look-See, "The Wedding Hand", a woman is trapped in a bathroom stall as the Look-See comes to get her. Forced to flush her wedding ring down the toilet to appease the monster, she snatches it back at the last moment, and is promptly killed. It's later revealed that she survived, though seems to be the Look-See's new assistant.
  • Token Good Teammate: In Shelley season 1 one of the bullies Lauren is this. When Hedei starts strangling Shelley in the bathroom, Nikki keeps smiling. Lauren however, stops smiling and when Shelley falls down she rushes over to help her. When Shelley is dead and they hang her body to make it look like she died Lauren has a look of clear remorse over her face. It's so bad that in the present day she goes to the bathroom and starts reliving her moments of remorse and saying, "We need to get her help!' to herself. Sadly Shelley does not spare her.
  • Was Once a Man: Multiple monsters fall under this, such as The Mordeo, who were transformed after devouring human flesh on cursed grounds, and Colossus, who was a father bio-engineered into a blade-armed, hulking killing machine.

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