Thursday, October 12, 2017

2004 Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television

Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television is a documentary film about William M. Gaines and the history of E.C. Comics in general, as well as the original Tales from the Crypt television series. Despite the title, it ends up being roughly 50 minutes about the comics and 5 minutes of about TV series. Featuring interviews with many great guests who were heavily influenced by the horror comics of the 1950's including John Carpenter, Russ Cochran, Digby Diehl, Mark Evanier, Al Feldstein, William M. Gaines, Grant Geissman, George A. Romero, Joel Silver, R.L. Stine, Jack Wohl, Bernie Wrightson, and Wendy Gaines-Bucci. It is directed by Chip Selby.

The documentary first aired on the AMC Channel in the US and then released to VHS, followed by a DVD home video release in two different versions/edits. The first is a short-form edited version of the documentary on the Tales from the Crypt: The Complete 1st Season DVD, in 2005. The second DVD release was a special two-disc set, which is now out of print and overpriced on Amazon, it includes extra interviews and clips. This was really great fun to watch and I loved learning about the history of the comics. I'd definitely recommend watching if your a fan of the comics or series.

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