There’s nothing like a good horror omnibus, those dark, deep, delicious multi-story features that pack in massive casts and frissons into their running times
On this day – June 10th – in 1989, HBO debuted Tales from the Crypt with the Walter Hill-directed episode “The Man Who Was Death.” William Sadler starred as an executioner who, you could say, relished his job. He took things a bit too far, however, turning vigilante until he was caught by the law and sentenced to death himself, ultimately winding up in the electric chair he knew all too well. Beyond the cynical, archetypal “Crypt” twist we had become accustomed to by the time the series called it quits in 1996, the episode was significant in the fact that Sadler’s character – Niles Talbot – broke the fourth wall. Sadler had this dead gaze – as he stared directy into the camera – that was hypnotic and menacing. It was only contradicted by a wry smile that would come when he was taking a swig of beer or talking about killing someone.
The team at FEARnet exhumed the Cryptkeeper and roped in actor John Kassir for the Cryptkeeper’s return to television. This is big news for fans of Tales from the Crypt and his animated series Saturday morning cartoon spin-off. Read on for the official announcement…
This December, make a resolution to join the Cryptkeeper for FEARnet