Tales from the Crypt

The WORST episodes of Tales from the Crypt

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Based on the legendary and gruesome EC Comics from publisher William Gaines, this horror anthology featured stories of murder, the super natural, gore and humor and always had a twist ending of sorts. Some of Hollywood's biggest names took part, either working in front or behind the camera. Hosting duties fell to everyone's favorite decaying corpse, the Crypt Keeper. The success of this series spawned a Saturday morning cartoon series (Tales From the Cryptkeeper), a short lived Saturday morning gameshow on CBS (Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House) and lots of merchandise. Two feature films (Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood) were also produced. Two other movies based on the EC Comics (Tales From the Crypt and The Vault of Horror) were released back in 1972 and 1973 respectively. But they are not connected to this series and will not be listed here! Tales from the Crypt has aired on HBO, Fox, in syndication and the Sci-Fi Channel. Most recently, the series has bee

Last Updated: 5/22/2022Network: HBO
99 & 44/100% Pure Horror
158 votes

#1 - 99 & 44/100% Pure Horror

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/18/1995

Willa is a married artist who is pushed around by her ad campaign husband. When his company decides to drop her idea, Willa plans to come up with a new idea but nobody's interested. Willa wants revenge when a graffiti artist comes up with an idea and everyone is interested. Willa kills her husband and turns his body into soaps. She decides to shower with them but soon she regrets it.

Directors: Rodman Flender
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Report from the Grave
158 votes

#2 - Report from the Grave

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/14/1996

Elliot thinks he has the talent for collecting thoughts from the dead. He decides to create a killer with his girlfriend but something goes terrible wrong. Elliot is now obsessed with resurrecting her which works but at the most horrible cost.

Directors: William Malone
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168 votes

#3 - Whirlpool

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/31/1994

A comic artist for Tales From The Crypt finds herself trapped inside a repetitious nightmare world. Everyday she lives through the same horrible episodes. First her boss rejects her latest idea then fires her. She goes to her boss and shoots him only to be caught by the police and shot to death. In reality the whole thing turns out to be a comic and she really is his boss and he is her employee.

Directors: Mick Garris
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Comes the Dawn
127 votes

#4 - Comes the Dawn

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/11/1995

Two poachers are out hunting bear in Alaska. They seek the help of a woman who leads them into a dorm. The men decide that they don't need her anymore but the Colonel double crosses his partner. She's been leading them to a lair full of hibernating vampires. Luckily it's dawn but there's one problem. Alaska is locked in cold darkness.

Directors: John Herzfeld
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Came the Dawn
164 votes

#5 - Came the Dawn

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/17/1993

In this version of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, a young woman who is also a thief is picked up by a man driving by. He takes her up to his place. There she hears a message from his wife, but also learns that there is a killer nearby. When she goes to his room she gets a big surprise.

Directors: Uli Edel
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The Kidnapper
127 votes

#6 - The Kidnapper

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/7/1996

A pawnbroker falls in love with a pregnant girl. After the child is born, he gets jealous. He plans to kidnap the child, but after the abduction, his girlfriend becomes worse than with the child. He tries to buy the child back from the people he hired but it's no use. He tries to steal another woman's child only to learn that it was his ex-girlfriend's child.

Directors: James H. Spencer
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Food for Thought
136 votes

#7 - Food for Thought

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/6/1993

Zambini is a circus mind-controlling psychic who controls his beautiful helper with his telepathic powers. One day he learns that she has a crush on the fire eater. Zambini goes into a terrible rage and kills him. Connie flees in terror never to return. Zambini uses his powers to call her back but it contacts the pet gorilla instead.

Directors: Rodman Flender
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Smoke Wrings
118 votes

#8 - Smoke Wrings

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/21/1996

An ad executive hires Barry and she's pleased to find out that she's got her opponent Frank running scared. Barry doesn't know anything about advertising until an ex-employee comes to help him with subliminal advertising. Jacqueline gives Barry Frank's position but Alistair has some nasty tricks up his sleeve.

Directors: Mandie Fletcher
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Cold War
157 votes

#9 - Cold War

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/31/1996

Cammy is fed up with her boyfriend's robbery plans always backfiring. One day, she walks out on him and meets an attractive black man at a bar. Jimmy happens to be a vampire, but he discovers something else: Cammy and Ford are also among the living dead.

Directors: Andy Morhan
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You, Murderer
119 votes

#10 - You, Murderer

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/25/1995

Lou Spinielli is an ex-criminal who wants to escape from his past. He hires Oscar, a plastic surgeon to sculpt his face in the form of Humphrey Bogart's. When his wife gets the pictures of his past in the mail, Oscar suggests that he kill Vivian. The plan backfires and when Lou returns home and he gets a surprise. Vivian and Oscar have been partners all along. They bump Lou off and take him far into the woods to bury him. Lou's mistress, Erika, shows up and the couple become some murder victims themselves.

Directors: Robert Zemeckis
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149 votes

#11 - Confession

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/5/1996

A terrible killer is the rampage slicing off every women's head in the city. A screenwriter finds himself as the prime suspect.

Directors: Peter Hewitt
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167 votes

#12 - Escape

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/17/1996

A traitor in the second World War is restricted to a prison camp. One of the men he betrayed is transported to the camp. Badly scarred, he promises to reveal the traitor's identity. When he recovers, the traitor kills the patient then stows away in the back of a truck but he finds himself ambushed.

Directors: Peter MacDonald
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Last Respects
189 votes

#13 - Last Respects

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/26/1996

Dorles, Marlys and Lavone are three sisters who think they have found a way out of their troubles. They discover a monkey's paw that grants them their wishes. Soon they learn the penalty of the wishes they make.

Directors: Freddie Francis
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Revenge Is the Nuts
163 votes

#14 - Revenge Is the Nuts

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/16/1994

A run-down shelter for the blind is owned by a cruel man. He abuses the patients there and won't give them respect. A new blind girl, Shelly, arrives the owner promises to lighten up if she agrees to sleep with him. Benny and the other patients give the owner from hell a taste of his own medicine.

Directors: Jonas McCord
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The Pit
160 votes

#15 - The Pit

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/30/1994

Two men who are longtime rivals go head to head in a grudge match. But, the real fight isn't between them, it's between their feuding wives. When the two men realize they don't hate each other, they decide to put their wives in the ring. With the help of a Las Vegas showman, they set them up as they watch them in a boxing match on live television.

Directors: John Harrison
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Surprise Party
130 votes

#16 - Surprise Party

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/28/1994

A young man kills his father to inherit an old burned down house. When he arrives, he gets a very unusual surprise. He discovers that there's a party there waiting for him and he is the guest of honor. When one the sexy dancer's boyfriends gets jealous, the man kills him and tries to burn the evidence. The guests stop him and he realizes it's the same place his father burned down years ago and history has a nasty way of repeating it self.

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148 votes

#17 - Spoiled

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/21/1991

Janet is a soap opera loving woman. She likes to watch soaps everyday. She even imitates them. One day she misses the end of her favorite soap opera when the TV goes on the fritz. She decides to get cable soon. Janet finds her self falling for the attractive cable installer. When her Surgeon husband discovers what's going on, he decides to make them part of his experiment.

Directors: Andy Wolk
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A Slight Case of Murder
142 votes

#18 - A Slight Case of Murder

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/3/1996

Sharon is a mystery novelist who just can't stand her nosy neighbor. One day her envious ex shows up. She tries to throw him out but he makes the first move. Mrs Trask sends her son to dig her up. As her son plans to do away with Sharon's ex, she comes alive and everyone kills each other. The whole thing was plotted by Trask to get some research for her next book.

Directors: Brian Helgeland
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This'll Kill Ya
148 votes

#19 - This'll Kill Ya

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/27/1992

Sophie and Pack are workers at a medicine company. They are furious when their boss tells the papers that they are ready to test their new drug on humans. One day, while he is taking his shots they accidently inject him with the serum. George has only a few hours to live. He starts to have delusions and learns he's been set up and kills Pack. Sophie bursts in and tells him that the whole thing was just a joke.

Directors: Robert Longo
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In the Groove
122 votes

#20 - In the Groove

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/21/1994

Gary Grover is a frustrated talk radio DJ. His boss, who is also his sister, hired a sexy looker with a talent for talking dirty. One day Gary goes ballistic and his boss fires him. Val suggests that he take matters into his own hands, but he's been set up.

Directors: Vincent Spano
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129 votes

#21 - Showdown

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/1/1992

A gunman being is chased down by another quickdrawing gunslinger in an old abandoned western town. The gunman wins the duel but he soon learns a new meaning to the phrase ""ghost town"" as the spirits of all his victims come back to haunt him.

Directors: Richard Donner
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The Bribe
128 votes

#22 - The Bribe

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/23/1994

Zoeller is a fire marshal who wants a strip club closed down. He wants to get revenge on it's sneaky owner and his pal for letting his offspring dance there. Zoeller bribes an arsonist to burn the place but after he does it, he discovers that she was also in there. Little does he know that his daughter wasn't in the club when the fire happened. She left early to get married with her boyfriend.

Directors: Ramon Menendez
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Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow
159 votes

#23 - Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/12/1996

A safecracker hires a specialist to fix his hearing so he can return to his old days of safecracking for his boss. However, he soon discovers something shocking about the surgery.

Directors: Christopher Hart
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Collection Completed
420 votes

#24 - Collection Completed

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/28/1989

After 47 year of tool sales, Jonas has finally found some time to relax and take a break. Or so he thinks. After he returns from his work, he finds out that his wife has been taking in stray animals. He decides to take up a new hobby ... taxidermy.

Directors: Mary Lambert
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140 votes

#25 - Deadline

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/14/1991

Charles McKenzie is a drunk out of work reporter who would do anything for a story. He meets Vicki in a bar who makes him feel like he can turn his life around. He quits drinking and can get his old job back as long as he can stay on the wagon and prove he can still bring in a good murder story. While reading a newspaper in Niko's Grill, he hears the owner kill his wife in the back. This is just the story he needs...

Directors: Walter Hill
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