Horror Tales From The Crypt (TNT reboot with M. Night Shyamalan)


Code Monkey
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Tales from the Crypt started life in the early 1950's as a comic book anthology series from EC Comics. The series resulted in 27 issues between 1950-1954 before it was cancelled as a result of the newly introduced Comics Code. The Comics Code was introduced in 1954 as comic book industry self-regulated set of rules for content restrictions as an alternative to government imposed restrictions. With the new restrictions in place more mature titles like Tales from the Crypt were killed off in favor or more family friendly fare. The Comic Code itself was abandoned 50 years later leading to a resurgence comics aimed at an older audience but that could be a topic unto itself. :P


Back in 1989 the HBO cable network revived the Tales From the Crypt name for a new horror anthology television series. Because HBO was a "premium" cable channel it did not have the same restrictions as broadcast television channels so it was free to show graphic content, whether it be violence or nudity. Today the show would fall under the "TV-MA", for "Mature Audience" rating. The show ran from 1989 to 1996 resulting in a total of 93 episodes. The final year of production was moved from the United States to Britain so the last season has a British feel to it versus the original American produced episodes. The show was sold to syndication and has aired in markets world-wide. The syndicated shows though are edited to broadcast standards so a lot of the episodes have not been seen in the original form in years.

Now here we are in 2016 and cable basic channel TNT is reviving the series with M. Night Shyamalan in charge! TNT is planning on a new programming block of horror themed content with Tales being a cornerstone show.

TNT executive Kevin Reilly described the new show as “It will be an umbrella for many shows, a variety of different genre shows, all united under the Tales brand, some of which will have a weird sense of humor or frightening.” Another TNT executive, Sarah Aubrey, the TNV vice president of original programming, explained “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.

Shyamalan, known movies such as The Sixth Sense, The Village, Unbreakable, and, more recently, The Visit, has a reputation for story telling that contains a surprise twist at the end. In the shorter TV format his style of writing & presentation might be a perfect for the genre in response to those who say that they like his movies but tend to be too drawn out.

The new Tales from the Crypt is expected to premiere in the Fall of 2016 on TNT.