The words horror anthology series immediately conjures up the campy horror series Tales from the Crypt which ran from between 1989 and the early 1990s and .was originally broadcast exclusively on HBO which allowed the series episodes to push the limits of gore, nudity and horror beyond the self imposed PG-13 styled series which were common on network television at the time. The title is based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and most of the content originated in that comic or the six other EC Comics of the time (The Crypt of Terror, Haunt of Fear, Vault of Horror, Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories and Two-Fisted Tales). While the episodes themselves were mostly tongue in cheek horror tales The series did consistently showcase major stars and famous directors.
Somewhat surprisingly the series was so commercially successful that it spun not only two full length feature films but even included a Saturday morning cartoon (!) Tales from the Crypt Keeper, which aired in 1993 and a kids game show( no really) Secrets of the Cryptkeeper’s Haunted House on CBS. The style was similar in nature to Nickelodeon’s Double Dare.
Now once and past masteer of suspense and twist endings, M Night Shyamalan is teaming up with TNT to revamp/revive the series after his work with the network on the original series Wayward Pines.
TNT Original Programming Executive Vice President, Sarah Aubrey, stating the following:
“This is a new genre for us in our series efforts, and a great chance to partner with M. Night Shyamalan, whose blockbuster hit The Visit reminded movie audiences and critics this past summer that he truly is a master of horror. This two-hour horror block demonstrates not only TNT’s commitment to working with today’s top talents, but also our strategy to stand out in today’s marketplace by challenging the conventional rules of programming and scheduling.“
For his part Shyamalan professed to have a keen affection for the series remarking:
“To be part of such a beloved brand like Tales from the Crypt, something I grew up watching, and to also have the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole, is an inspiring opportunity that I can’t wait to dive into.“