The Crypt Keeper is back from the grave! Get ready, boys and ghouls, because anthology horror series “Tales From the Crypt” is getting a reboot. The show, which was based on comics and originally ran from 1989 to 1996 on HBO, will see the light of day on TNT this fall.
The network announced the news on Thursday, revealing that famed director M. Night Shyamalan would be bringing the series back to life as part of a “new two-hour block of terror.” Other shows part of the “horror block” have yet to be announced, but Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, is excited about the new venture for the network.
“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,” Aubrey said in a press release. “This two-hour 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.”
To celebrate the “Tales From the Crypt” reboot, we’re looking back at some of the biggest celebrities who appeared on the original HBO series:
Lea Thompson – “Family Guy” and “Switched at Birth” actress Lea Thompson starred in Season 1, episode 4, which was about a “hooker who learns that beauty is only skin-deep.”
Demi Moore – Actress Demi Moore appeared in the Season 2 premiere as Cathy Marno, a woman who wanted a rich life without working for it.
Jeffrey Tambor – The “Transparent” and “Arrested Development” star played the husband of Demi Moore’s character in the Season 2 premiere of “Tales From the Crypt.”
Kelly Preston – John Travolta’s wife may not be in many films or TV shows now, but she guest-starred in Season 2, episode 2 about a wealthy older man and his “gold-digger girlfriend.”
Teri Hatcher – “Desperate Housewives” alum Teri Hatcher portrayed a “sexy model” in an abusive relationship in Season 2, episode 6.
Lee Arenberg – You know him now as Leroy from “Once Upon a Time,” but before he landed that role he was a guest star in a Season 2, episode 8 of “Tales From the Crypt.”
Katey Sagal – The “Sons of Anarchy” alum was also featured in Arenberg’s episode, which centered on a greedy rock promoter.
Patricia Arquette – Before there was “Boyhood,” Patricia Arquette played a character in love with a scarecrow on Season 2, episode 9 of “Tales From the Crypt.”
Carol Kane – “Gotham” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Carol Kane was featured in episode 11 of Season 2. She played a housewife “stressed out by her husband’s reckless behavior.”
Kyle MacLachlan – During his days as Special Agent Dale Cooper on “Twin Peaks,” actor Kyle MacLachlan also appeared on “Tales From the Crypt.” He played a “sadistic serial killer.”
Michael J. Fox – Following his roles on “Family Ties” and “Back to the Future,” Michael J. Fox landed a small role as a prosecutor in Season 3, episode 3.
Tony Goldwyn – “Scandal’s” very own President Fitz was once on “Tales From the Crypt.” He played a successful surgeon whose brother wanted revenge in Season 3, episode 4.
Jon Lovitz – Funny guy John Lovitz played an “unattractive and unlucky actor” in Season 3, episode 5.
Whoopi Goldberg – Hot off the success of “Ghost,” Whoopi Goldberg made a guest appearance in Season 3,episode 6.
Rita Wilson – Actress Rita Wilson was featured in Season 3, episode 10, which was about a killer who preyed on the homeless.
Dan Aykroyd – “Ghostbusters” star Dan Aykroyd had a role in Season 3, episode 14, which was set during World War I.
Tom Hanks – Shortly after his wife Rita Wilson landed a part, Tom Hanks was featured in the premiere of Season 4. The episode was about a con-man who married and then murdered rich, old widows.
Dylan McDermott – Before joining “American Horror Story,” Dylan McDermott played a “sadistic diabetic boss” in Season 4, episode 2 of “Tales From the Crypt.”
Brad Pitt – Yes, THE Brad Pitt had a guest spot on “Tales From the Crypt” the year after turning heads in “Thelma & Louise.” He played a “hot rodder” who gets tangled up with the daughter of the town’s sheriff in Season 4, episode 9.
Joe Pesci – A few years after “Home Alone,” Pesci played a swindler in Season 4, episode 11.
Tim Curry – From Pennywise to a twisted family, Tim Curry has played them all. He can be seen in the Season 5 premiere of “Tales From the Crypt.”
Steve Buscemi – Buscemi played a photographer in danger in Season 5, episode 3.
Wil Wheaton – While appearing on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Wheaton also guest starred on “Tales From the Crypt.” He can be seen in Season 5, episode 7.
Brooke Shields – In Season 5, episode 10, Brooke Shields played a seductress who had the misfortune of trying to con the wrong man.
John Stamos – John Stamos took a break from being Uncle Jesse on “Full House” to portray a young gigolo who gets caught romancing too many woman in Season 5, episode 13 of “Tales From the Crypt.”
Catherine O’Hara – Kevin McCallister’s mom finally got what was coming to her after forgetting her son in “Home Alone.” In the Season 6 premiere of “Tales From the Crypt,” Catherine O’Hara played an “ambulance chasing lawyer” who gets a ticket in the wrong town.
Terry O’Quinn – “Lost” alum Terry O’Quinn played a fire marshal inspector bent on closing a strip club his daughter works at in Season 6, episode 6.
Jonathan Banks – Prior to playing Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” Jonathan Banks was in Season 6, episode 8 of “Tales From the Crypt.” The episode was about a housewife whose husband is a “supposed rogue CIA agent.”
Slash – Musician Slash put down his guitar to have a small role in Season 6, episode 10. The episode was about a shock jock who plotted to kill the radio station owner.
Daniel Craig – Before he was James Bond, Daniel Craig was featured in Season 7, episode 9 of “Tales From the Crypt.”