Worst & Best Tales from the Crypt Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: US Horror/Fantasy Series
Series: 7
Episodes: 93
First Transmission: 1989-1996
Channel: HBO

Tales from the Crypt is a 1980s American anthology horror TV series based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name.

Because the series was aired on HBO, a premium cable television channel, the series was allowed to have full freedom from censorship by network standards and practices. Hence, it includes content that had not appeared in most television series up to that time, such as graphic violence, profanity, sexual activity and nudity. Episodes are edited for such content when broadcast in syndication or on basic cable. The final season was filmed in Britain, resulting in episodes which revolved around British characters.


Best Episode [ S3 Ep14 ]

Yellow – The year is 1918. During World War I, somewhere in France, it’s the 49th day of continuous battle on the front lines. Lieutenant Martin Kalthrob doesn’t want to be in the army anymore and asks his father, General Kalthrob, for a discharge. His father refuses but says he will transfer him to the rear if he leads a patrol to the German lines and fix the broken communication line. When he proves himself to be a coward, his father orders a court-martial with the penalty of death by firing squad.
28 August 1991



Worst Episode [ S7 Ep7 ]

The Kidnapper – A young man takes in a pregnant woman and falls in love with her. He becomes jealous when her baby is born so he sets out to get rid of the kid forever.
7 June 1996




Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Season One

The Man Who Was Death (1989) –
When a prison executioner is laid off, he begins administering his own style of justice to acquitted murder suspects.
And All Through the House (1989) –
When a cheating wife kills her husband for the insurance money, she is unexpectedly subject to an attack by a mental patient dressed as Santa Claus.
Dig That Cat…He’s Real Gone (1989) –
A carnival daredevil can perform death-defying feats after having a cat’s nine lives transplanted into him.
Only Sin Deep (1989) –
A prostitute learns the old adage that beauty is only skin deep.
Lover Come Hack to Me (1989) –
Peggy wants to make sure her honeymoon turns out perfect.
Collection Completed (1989) –
An elderly retiree is driven crazy by his wife’s obsession for adopting animals.

Season Two

Dead Right (1990) –
A medium tells Cathy that she will meet a man who will inherit a lot of money, and die in a violent way soon after. The medium turns out to be right.
The Switch (1990) –
A wealthy and elderly man subjects himself to a new youth treatment to please his much younger girlfriend.
Cutting Cards (1990) –
Reno and Sam are a pair of hardcore gamblers who challenge each other in a deadly game.
‘Til Death (1990) –
The landowner of a Caribbean villa woos a woman with a voodoo potion, but he ignores the potion’s warnings.
Three’s a Crowd (1990) –
A married couple enjoys their anniversary. However, the husband is sure his wife is cheating on him.
The Thing from the Grave (1990) –
A murderer learns that love is more powerful than death.
The Sacrifice (1990) –
An insurance agent murders his obnoxious client in a plot to take his money and his wife.
For Cryin’ Out Loud (1990) –
A greedy rock promoter plans to run off with all of the money that was raised from a series of charity benefits – but his conscience pricks him.
Four-Sided Triangle (1990) –
Farmer George is attracted to Mary Jo, the nubile young woman who helps out with the chores. Unfortunately, she’s in love with a scarecrow.
The Ventriloquist’s Dummy (1990) –
A young ventriloquist wants to improve his craft and seeks out help from his old hero.
Judy, You’re Not Yourself Today (1990) –
An elderly witch visits the home of a young vain and eccentric couple and convinces the wife to try on a magic necklace that switches the wife’s body with hers.
Fitting Punishment (1990) –
A funeral home director likes to cut corners but may just come to regret it.
Korman’s Kalamity (1990) –
A cop learns that an illustrator of “Tales from the Crypt” might have the power to make his monstrous creations come to life.
Lower Berth (1990) –
Enoch, the two-faced man, an attraction at a sideshow, falls in love with a 4,000-year-old mummy.
Mute Witness to Murder (1990) –
After witnessing a murder, a woman goes mute.
Television Terror (1990) –
A TV shock journalist gives an on-air tour of an eerie haunted house.
My Brother’s Keeper (1990) –
The bad part of a set of Siamese twins commits murder.
The Secret (1990) –
Theodore is adopted by the Colberts, who are an eccentric rich couple with a very dark secret. They aren’t the only ones.

Season Three

Loved to Death (1991) –
A writer is given a love potion to woo his heart’s desire, but he comes to regret his choice.
Carrion Death (1991) –
An escaped con kills a state trooper, but he is cuffed to him and has to drag his corpse across the desert.
The Trap (1991) –
A man decides to fake his own death to collect the insurance money, but his wife and brother are planning to double-cross him.
Abra Cadaver (1991) –
A prank-playing doctor is set up by his brother with a serum that can mimic death.
Top Billing (1991) –
A struggling actor gets top billing in a production of Hamlet, but all is not what it seems.
Dead Wait (1991) –
A thug who’s working for a plantation owner teams up with the owner’s mistress in order to steal a highly valuable black pearl.
The Reluctant Vampire (1991) –
A vampire eschews the tradition of attacking mortals, satiating his need for blood by working as a night watchman at a blood bank.
Easel Kill Ya (1991) –
An artist has to create increasingly ghoulish works to satisfy his new customer.
Undertaking Palor (1991) –
A group of kids uncover a conspiracy of murder and greed involving the town’s mortician and pharmacist.
Mournin’ Mess (1991) –
A down-on-his-luck reporter uncovers a series of murders involving a secret society.
Split Second (1991) –
A beautiful waitress marries the owner of a lumber camp and then quickly regrets it.
Deadline (1991) –
A struggling alcoholic reporter swears to give up drinking in order to get his old job back, then he meets a woman and the two begin having a fling.
Spoiled (1991) –
Soap opera fanatic Janet starts a steamy affair with the cable guy.
Yellow (1991) –
A man branded yellow and condemned to execution by firing squad is told by his father that the bullets have been swapped for blanks.

Season Four

None But the Lonely Heart (1992) –
A con man finds a wealthy widow but then gets a series of notes that tell him to relent or risk the consequences.
This’ll Kill Ya (1992) –
A scientist decides to get revenge when he suspects that his own lab partners have double-crossed him by purposely injecting him with a deadly experimental virus-cell with no antidote.
On a Deadman’s Chest (1992) –
A rock star gets an unwanted chest tattoo from a mysterious artist of his guitarist’s wife, which seems to have a life of its own and won’t go away even after he murders the object of his hatred.
Seance (1992) –
Two con artists accidentally kill the husband of a blind woman and then hold a seance.
Beauty Rest (1992) –
An aging model resorts to murdering her younger rivals in order to revive her own modelling career.
What’s Cookin’ (1992) –
A couple’s failing restaurant soon gets a huge boost in sales when a mysterious drifter gives them a steak recipe that’s made of human flesh.
The New Arrival (1992) –
An abnormally difficult child tests a psychologist.
Showdown (1992) –
A gunfighter confronts his past.
King of the Road (1992) –
A police officer revives his past life as a street racer.
Maniac at Large (1992) –
A librarian becomes obsessed with a serial killer and believes that she is his next victim.
Split Personality (1992) –
Swindler Jack meets rich twins that show interest in him.
Strung Along (1992) –
An aging puppeteer suspects his much younger wife has a lover.
Werewolf Concerto (1992) –
A group of guests at a hotel suspect that one of them may in fact be a werewolf.
Curiosity Killed (1992) –
A bitter elderly woman discovers that her husband is hiding a youth potion from her.

Season Five

Death of Some Salesmen (1993) –
A con man posing as a salesman knocks on the wrong door.
As Ye Sow (1993) –
A middle-aged businessman suspects that his younger wife is having an extramarital affair.
Forever Ambergris (1993) –
A jaded, has-been photographer plots the demise of his younger, more talented protege.
Food for Thought (1993) –
A psychic clown learns that his wife is having an affair with a fire eater.
People Who Live in Brass Hearses (1993) –
A butter addict and his brother set out to get revenge on an ice cream truck driver who had put him in prison years ago.
Two for the Show (1993) –
A murderous husband and a cop get caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse aboard a train.
House of Horror (1993) –
Three pledges for a fraternity have to pass tests in an old abandoned house.
Well Cooked Hams (1993) –
A young magician kills an elderly rival magician for his grand prop: the box of death.
Creep Course (1993) –
A bookworm is tricked by a jock and her devious Egyptology professor to be the virgin sacrifice to an ancient mummy.
Came the Dawn (1993) –
A lecherous millionaire offers a lift to a beautiful seductress in the middle of nowhere with horrific consequences.
Oil’s Well That Ends Well (1993) –
A con artist and his girlfriend plan to trick some investors into thinking there is oil underneath a cemetery.
Half-Way Horrible (1993) –
A chemical company owner’s sinister past dealings come back to haunt him when he identifies the body of a business associate.
Till Death Do We Part (1993) –
A stud who is involved with a female mob boss begins a forbidden affair with a young waitress and is ordered to kill her himself when the mob boss finds out.

Season Six

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime (1994) –
A lawyer gets stuck in a strange town where petty crimes are punished gruesomely.
Only Skin Deep (1994) –
A man with a violent history picks up a mysterious masked woman at a
Halloween party, who is even more unstable than he is.
Whirlpool (1994) –
Rolanda experiences the same day over and over.
Operation Friendship (1994) –
A computer nerd is tormented by his imaginary friend after ignoring him for years.
Revenge Is the Nuts (1994) –
Residents at a shelter for the blind turn the tables on their cruel overseer.
The Bribe (1994) –
A fire inspector is forced to take a bribe from a sleazy strip club owner in order to buy a scholarship for his daughter.
The Pit (1994) –
Two martial arts fighters engage into a no holds barred deathmatch.
The Assassin (1994) –
Three CIA agents gave come to kill a rogue agent.
Staired in Horror (1994) –
A fugitive seeks refuge in a decrepit old mansion owned by an elderly woman.
In the Groove (1994) –
A talk radio show host resorts to murder to keep on top.
Surprise Party (1994) –
A man murders his father in order to inherit a house that had burned down years ago, but he is soon to get a nasty surprise.
Doctor of Horror (1995) –
Two bumbling security guards help a mad doctor in his quest to steal the souls from recently dead corpses.
Comes the Dawn (1995) –
While on a trip in Alaska hunting a grizzly bear, two cheating U.S. Army poachers find themselves becoming the hunted when they are stalked by the local vampires.
99 & 44/100% Pure Horror (1995) –
A narcissistic young artist goes on a psychotic rampage when her husband fires her.
You, Murderer (1995) –
A morbid homage to film-noir.

Season Seven

Fatal Caper (1996) –
An elderly rich man, adds a stipulation in his will stating that his two sons must find their long-lost brother or risk having their own inheritance.
Last Respects (1996) –
Three sisters discover a monkey’s paw.
A Slight Case of Murder (1996) –
A game of cat and mouse ensues between a jealous lover and his wife.
Escape (1996) –
During World War II, two Germans, a traitor and the man he had betrayed are trapped in a British prison camp, where they must work together as a team in order to escape.
Horror in the Night (1996) –
A jewel thief hides out in a hotel after being shot and meets a beautiful woman that only he can see.
Cold War (1996) –
Cammy and Ford are two lovers on the wrong side of the law, but Cammy wants out.
Kidnapper (1996) –
A simple young man takes in a homeless pregnant woman and falls in love with her, but he becomes jealous when her child is born – it needs to go!
Report from the Grave (1996) –
A young man becomes obsessed with resurrecting his dead wife at any cost.
Smoke Wrings (1996) –
A young man with a strange device is hired into an advertising company by an esteemed executive.
About Face (1996) –
A corrupt Victorian priest finds that he has two daughters, a beautiful one and a deformed one.
Confession (1996) –
A screenwriter is the prime suspect when a serial killer is on the rampage, decapitating females in the city.
Ear Today… Gone Tomorrow (1996) –
A gambling safecracker with slight hearing loss finds that he has the auditory system of an owl.
The Third Pig (1996) –
An animated horror version of the Three Little Pigs story.