Some of you may remember classic Tales from the Crypt series. Based on the eponymous comic books series, Tales from the Crypt is something that you simply don't see on TV anymore - thanks to our PG-13 media, whenever there are re-runs of the series now, it's heavily edited. Why? Because 20 something years ago you could show sex, boobs, gore and say 'fuck!' without people throwing a bible at you and TV executives taking sedatives.
Anyways, this is one hell of a series. It's super fun, clever, gory, sexy and macabre. Sure, the production values are low and the make up effects are hilariously bad, but it's one of those rare series where it's the STORY that makes it worth seeing. Tales from the Crypt is filled with all those stories you could tell people as urban legends during Halloween parties - scary, ironic, often with wonderful and unforgettably creepy twist in the end.
Another thing that makes the show fun is the amount of famous actors that appeared in it over the years. The list includes - among many others - Steve Buscemi, Daniel Craig, Timothy Dalton, Benicio del Toro, Teri Hatcher, Ewan McGregor,, Demi Moore, Bill Paxton, Joe Pesci, Brad Pitt, Iggy Pop, Christopher Reeve and Tim Roth.
Below you can check out some of my favorite episodes. The whole 7 seasons of the series are available on youtube. Remember, those have gore in them, so it may be better not to eat while watching those.
7. Beauty Rest
Plot: An aging model (Mimi Rogers) resorts to murdering her younger rivals (Kathy Ireland and Jennifer Rubin) in order to jumpstart her career. She gets her big break as a contestant in a rather macabre beauty pageant.
6. Horror in the Night
Plot: A jewel thief (James Wilby) hides out in a hotel after being shot and meets a beautiful woman (Elizabeth McGovern) that only he can see.
5. Came the Dawn
Plot: A female hitchhiker (Brooke Shields) catches a ride with a seemingly timid man (Perry King) who reveals a dark secret to her while they spend the night together at his cabin.
4. Three's a Crowd
Plot: A down-on-their-luck couple (Gavan O'Herlihy and Ruth de Sosa) are invited to a cabin owned by their wealthy former best man (Paul Lieber), but the unstable husband is convinced that his wife is having an affair.
3. Top Billing
Plot: A struggling actor (Jon Lovitz) kills off his competition (Bruce Boxleitner) in order to secure a part in a strange production of Hamlet.
2. Two for the Show
Plot: A murderous husband (David Paymer) and a cop with his own marital issues (Vincent Spano) get caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse aboard a train.
1. Split Personality
Plot: A con man (Joe Pesci) tricks a pair of reclusive twin sisters into dating him, so that he can steal their inheritance. However, he gets a nasty surprise when he discovers the twins harbor a dark secret.