HBO’s Tales From the Crypt made main characters out of zombies before it was cool, but did you know it was the first TV series to digitally insert an actor into a shot? Or that it shares a puppeteer with Pee-Wee Herman? Settle in for a spooky story, as the 29th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ hangs with the Cryptkeeper for some frightful facts of Tales From the Crypt!

HBO enlisted the help of William Gaines for the series, son to EC comics head Maxwell Gaines, from which much of the series’ source material derived. Running from 1989 to 1996, Tales From the Crypt also hosted countless celebrities as both actor and director, among them Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis.

‘You Think You Know TV?’ is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the worlds of your favorite TV series and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known, as with our other installments for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, American Horror Story, The Sopranos, Vikings, Twin Peaks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, LOST, Seinfeld, Batman: The Animated Series, House of Cards, Power Rangers, Family Guy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Breaking Bad (x2!), True Detective, Empire, The Simpsons, Hannibal, Star Wars Rebels, Better Call Saul, The X-Files, The Flash, Arrow, Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

Our companion series ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ has already tackled everything from Paranormal Activity to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but now we’ve broken out the shovels to read a few facts From the Crypt.

If you want to know more about the comics that inspired the series, check out the comics version of this video. You can also watch more TV installments of ‘You Think You Know’ down below, and let us know what shows we should cover next!

 

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