In 1972, Tales from the Crypt crept into cinemas. The anthology movie, based on stories published by EC Comics, became a hit with audiences and was the first in a series of films inspired by the horror comics.

But how many Tales from the Crypt movies are there?

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The Tales from the Crypt films in order

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To date, there are five Tales from the Crypt movies. The Tales from the Crypt movies – which were produced between 1972 and 2002 – include:

  • Tales from the Crypt (1972)
  • The Vault of Horror (1973)
  • Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
  • Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996)
  • Tales from the Crypt: Ritual (2002)
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Are all of the Tales from the Crypt movies part of the same series?

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The first two films, Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror, are British horror anthology films produced by Amicus Productions. Both of these films are based on stories published by EC Comics – namely Tales from the Crypt comics (amongst others) and feature a British cast.

Demon Knight, Bordello of Blood and (to a certain extent) Ritual are spin-off films from HBO’s Tales from the Crypt television series, which aired during the 1990s. These three films feature the character of the Crypt Keeper (voiced by John Kassir) who appeared in the US TV series.

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Who are the cast of the Tales from the Crypt films?

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The cast of the Tales from the Crypt films varies across the five movies. Notable actors in the Tales from the Crypt film series include Ralph Richardson, Geoffrey Bayldon, Joan Collins, Ian Hendry, Peter Cushing, Patrick Magee, Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Mike Pratt, John Kassir, Billy Zane, William Sadler, Thomas Haden Church, C.C.H. Pounder, Dick Miller, Charles Fleischer, Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Chris Sarandon, Corey Feldman, Jennifer Grey, and Tim Curry.

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Is the Tales from the Crypt series the work of the same director?

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The Tales from the Crypt films are the work of multiple directors. Tales from the Crypt was directed by Freddie Francis, Vault of Horror was directed by Roy Ward Baker, Demon Knight was directed by Ernest Dickerson, Bordello of Blood was directed by Gilbert Adler, and Ritual was directed by Avi Nesher.

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What is the best Tales from the Crypt film?

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Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight are generally considered to be the strongest films in the collection, while Tales from the Crypt: Ritual is regarded as the weakest entry.

According to IMDb the Tales from the Crypt films are ranked as follows:

  • Tales from the Crypt (1972) – 7.0/10
  • Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) – 6.7/10
  • The Vault of Horror (1973) – 6.6/10
  • Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996) – 5.4/10
  • Tales from the Crypt: Ritual (2002) – 4.8/10
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