EC Comics’ Tales From the Crypt
10. The storyline wasn’t inspired by the original comics, unlike the show.
Many Tales From the Crypt fans are probably aware that the show is based on a comic series of the same name, which was published for five years in the 1950s. The publisher, EC Comics, also put out six other similar comics, such as The Crypt of Terror and Vault of Horror. The horror stories in these comic books were what inspired the episodes of Tales From the Crypt.
While the TV series looked to the original comics for inspiration, the movie Demon Knight did not. The story was completely original, having nothing to do with the EC Comics other than the Tales From the Crypt moniker. A new story was featured in the screenplay, which was rewritten several times by different writers (more on that later). Ultimately, the story wasn’t perfect, but I think it still came out well, considering how many cooks were in the kitchen when it came to the script.
Of course, the Crypt Keeper himself was still involved. As with the TV show, the cackling ghoul would make an appearance at the beginning and end of the film, ensuring fans still got that official Tales From the Crypt feel while watching the movie.
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