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Tales From The Crypt episodes are occasionally run on AMC (American Movie Classics)


Dead Right
Director: Howard Deutch
Dead Right Teleplay: Andy Wolk. from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine "Shock Suspense Stories"
Starring: Demi Moore, Jeffrey Tambor
Synopsis: A gold-digging waitress marries a fat, unsightly man when a fortune teller tells her he will inherit millions and die. After three horrible months of marriage. she receives a big surprise.

 

Only Sin Deep
Director: Howard Deutch
Teleplay: Fred Dekker, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Lea Thompson, Britt Leech, Pamella D'Pella and Pamela Gordon
Synopsis: Drop-dead beauty Sylvia Vane wants to give up her profession - the world's oldest. She robs a pimp of his gold jewelry and goes to the local pawnshop. An aging pawnbroker instead offers young Sylvia $10,000 to pawn her beauty. Sylvia is thrilled and leaves the strange pawnshop with money in her pocket. She gets dressed to kill and hooks her bait, handsome bachelor, Ronnie Price. But soon, mirror, mirror on the wall, casts a pall: Sylvia is aging at an abnormal rate. Beauty may only be skin deep, but Sylvia will do anything to save a face!

 

Dead Wait
Director: Tobe Hooper
Dead Wait Teleplay: A L Katz and Gilbert Adler, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled, "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: James Remar, Vanity, Whoopi Goldberg, John Rhys-Davies
Synopsis: A two-bit con-artist steals a precious black pearl from a man living on a strife-torn tropical island. When a gorgeous girl (Vanity) doublecrosses him, a "medicine woman" (Whoopi Goldberg) comes to the rescue.

 

The Ventriloquist's Dummy
Director: Richard Donner
Teleplay: Frank Darabont, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled, "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Bob "Bobcat" Goldthwait, Don Rickles
Synopsis: A young man tracks down his childhood idol, "the world's greatest ventriloquist", in hopes of receiving advice and encouragement. Despite learning the retired master's horrible secret, the eager student is still willing to accept the old man's "helping hand."

 

Yellow
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Yellow Teleplay: A L Katz & Gilbert Adler, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled, "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Eric Douglas, Dan Aykroyd, Lance Henriksen
Synopsis: In the trenches of France during World War I, a general and his lieutenant son serve together. After he panics during battle, causing the deaths of several members of his outfit, the lieutenant is accused of being a coward and is disciplined accordingly by his father and the unit corporal.

 

King of the Road
Director: Tom Holland
Teleplay: J. Randal Johnson
Starring: Ray Barry, Michelle Johnson and Brad Pitt
Synopsis: A cop who used to be a slick street racer is forced into one last contest when his daughter is kidnapped.

 

Top Billing
Director: Tom Holland
Top Billing Teleplay: Myles Berkowitz
Starring: Jon Lovitz, Bruce Boxleitner, John Astin, Sandra Bernhard, Louise Fletcher, Paul Benedict and Kimmy Robertson
Synopsis: A starving actor will do anything to land the lead role in a production of "Hamlet." When his one-time friend wins the part on the strength of his looks, the frustrated would-be star goes out of his skull and resorts to desperate measures.

 

The Thing From The Grave
Director: Fred Dekker
Teleplay: Fred Dekker, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Tales From the Crypt."
Starring: Kyle Secor, Terri Hatcher and Miguel Ferrer
Synopsis: An idyllic love affair between a photographer and a gorgeous model comes to an end when an old friend emerges to kill off his rival. Can the photographer protect his love from harm - after death?

 

Easel Kill Ya
Director: John Harrison
Teleplay: Larry Wilson
Starring: Tim Roth, William Atherton
Synopsis:An eccentric art dealer pays a starving artist big bucks to paint twisted portraits of the dead. After reluctantly painting several "still deaths," the artist gives up the gruesome gig. But, when his girlfriend gets hit by a bus, he must paint one final masterpiece to pay for her operation.

 

Four Sided Triangle
Director: Tom Holland
Four Sided Triangle Teleplay: James Tugend and Tom Holland, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Shock Suspense Stories."
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Chelcie Ross and Susan J. Blommaert
Synopsis:A beautiful young farmhand is held prisoner at an isolated farm by a middle-aged lout and his polio-stricken wife. Apparently going mad, the girl claims a scarecrow in the cornfield is her lover. When the farmer disguises himself as the scarecrow to make love to the girl, his trick works all too well.

 

Fatal Caper
Director: Bob Hoskins
Teleplay: Colman deKay and Al Katz & gilbert Adler, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "Tales From The Crypt"
Starring: Natasha Richardson, Bob Hoskins, Greg Wise, James Saxon, Leslie Philips
Synopsis:An elderly, wealthy British lord decides to change his will to include his third son whom he had disowned 15 years earlier. his two other sons, who must wither locate their brother before inheriting any money, or whom may inherit the fortune if they are the sole surviving heir, become obsessed with killing each other. however, the third brother reappears to have the last laugh.

 

The Trap
Director: Michael J. Fox
Teleplay: Scott Alexander, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Shock SuspenStories"
Starring: Bruce McGill, Teri Garr, Bruno Kirby, Carroll Baker and Michael J. Fox
Synopsis:A debt-ridden loser schemes to bilk the insurance company by faking his death with help of his wife and brother, who's a coroner. Little does he know they have a plan of their own!

 

Spoiled
Director: Andy Wolk
Spoiled Teleplay: Connie Johnson and Doug Ronning, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine "The Haunt of Fear."
Starring: Faye Grant, Alan Rachins, Anthony LaPaglia, Anita Morris, Annabelle Curwitch
Synopsis:A beautiful housewife, ignored by her workaholic surgeon husband, uses her favorite steamy soap opera as a model to spice up her deprived existence, engaging the cable TV installer in her own sexy sub-plot. When the lovers get caught by the genius doctor, they find themselves in a surgical snafu!

 

Split Personality
Director: Joel Silver
Teleplay: Fred Dekker
Starring: Joe Pesci and Burt Young
Synopsis:A con man out for one last score persuades wealthy twins to marry him and his nonexistent twin. When the women discover the scam, they decide to share their new husband literally.

 

Doctor of Horror
Director: Larry Wilson
Doctor Of Horror Teleplay: Larry Wilson
Starring: Travis Tritt, Hank Azaria, Austin Pendleton and Ben Stein
Synopsis:Two losers hook up with a strange doctor and help him with his research - until one of the losers decides his pal is just what the doctor is looking for.

 

As Ye Sow
Director: Kyle MacLachlan
Teleplay: Ron Finley
Starring: Hector Elizondo, Patsy Kensit, John Shea, Sam Waterston, Adam West and Miguel Ferrer
Synopsis:Believing his wife is being unfaithful with their priest, a wealthy man hires a killer to get rid of the priest.

 

People Who Live in Brass Hearses
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Teleplay: Scott Nimerfro
Starring: Bill Paxton, Lainie Kazan, Brad Dourif, Michael Lerner
Synopsis:Trying to make it rich and get revenge for his incarnation, a brother plots to rob an ice cream warehouse and the man who put him behind bars.

 

The Sacrifice
Director: Richard Greenberg
The Sacrifice Teleplay: Ross Thomas, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Shock SuspenStories."
Starring: Kevin Kilner, Kim Delaney and Michael Ironside
Synopsis:A slick insurance agent engineers a plot to kill off a wealthy tycoon and marry his beautiful wife. The plan seems flawless until the agent's boss comes into the picture with photographs of the crime. To avoid being turned in to the police, the agent agrees to share the beautiful wife with the boss -- until the torment becomes too great.

 

Well Cooked Hams
Director: Eliot Silverstein
Teleplay: Andrew Keven Walker
Starring: Martin Sheen, Billy Zane and Maryam D'Abo
Synopsis:A novice magician attempts to kill a fellow magician for his amulet and another magician for the secrets to his act. But are these magicians really dead?

 

For Cryin' Out Loud
Director: Jeffrey Price
Teleplay: Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Shock SupenStories."
Starring: Lee Arenberg, Katey Sagal and Sam Kinison
Synopsis:A novice magician attempts to kill a fellow magician for his amulet and another magician for the secrets to his act. But are these magicians really dead?

 

Oil's Well That Ends Well
Director: Paul Abascal
Oils Well That Ends Well Teleplay: David Schow
Starring: Priscilla Presley, Lou Diamond Phillips and Rory Calhoun
Synopsis:A con artist. partnership goes bad when one of the partners falls for a woman. The lovers decide to build their own "con dynasty" by killing the other partners. But who's conning whom?

 

Television Terror
Director: Charles Picemi
Teleplay: Greg Pruss
Starring: Morton Downey, Jr.
Synopsis:A sensationalistic TV talk show host tries to score mega-ratings by taking viewers inside a "haunted house" where an old woman killed a dozen victims and then disappeared. Alone with the cameras - and a bevy of ghosts his crew can't see - the host soon realizes ratings aren't everything.

 

You, Murderer
Director: A L Katz, Gil Adler
You, Murderer Teleplay: Greg Pruss
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini and Sherilyn Fenn
Synopsis:A murder story told from the point of view of a corpse - who's played by Humphrey Bogart.

 

Loved To Death
Director: Tom Mankewiecz
Teleplay: Joe Minion and John Mankewiecz
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Mariel Hemingway
Synopsis:A young man finds himself hopelessly in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists. He gives her a love potion, and as a result, she falls in love with him, and her relentless passion drives him crazy. He tries to poison her, but accidentally drinks it himself and dies. She commits suicide to be with him for eternity.

 

Cold War
Director: Andy Morhan
Teleplay: Scott Nimerfro, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines iin the Comic Magazine entitled "Tales From The Crypt."
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jane Horrocks, Colin Salmon, John Salthouse, Willie Ross
Synopsis:A young pair of zombies have a lover's spat, and the girlfriend seeks her revenge by bringing home Mr. Wrong -- a handsome vampire from the neighborhood bar.

 

This'll Kill Ya
Director: Robert Longo
Teleplay: A L Katz and Gilbert Adler
Starring: Cleavon Little, Sonia Braga, and Dylan McDermott
Synopsis:A pair of researchers are on the threshold of a major medical breakthrough. Looking to teach their unscrupulous supervisor a lesson, they inject him with a substance he thinks will kill him, but is actually harmless. As the researchers soon learn, their supervisor just can't take a joke!

 

Forever Ambergris
Director: Gary Fleder
Forever Ambergis Teleplay: Scott Rosenberg
Starring: Paul Dooley and Roger Daltrey, Lysette Anthony and Steve Buscemi
Synopsis:Having fallen in love with his friend's new wife, an opportunistic sailor arranges for his friend to contract a fatal disease so he can have the wife to himself, only to find out that the friend's wife has also contracted the disease.

 

Came the Dawn
Director: Uli Edel
Teleplay: Ron Finley
Starring: Brooke Shields, Perry King and Michael J. Pollard
Synopsis:After breaking up with his girlfriend, a very rich and handsome man picks up a very beautiful stranded motorist with a sordid past. On the trip, they find out intimate things about each other.

 

Two For The Show
Director: Kevin Hooks
Teleplay: A L Katz & Gilbert Adler
Two For The Show Starring: Vincent Spano, David Paymet and Traci Lords
Synopsis:After killing his unfaithful wife, a man is haunted and taunted by the police. He packs the dead wife into a steam trunk and puts it on a train to Chicago, only to discover that his police pursuer is also on the train. He switches the tags of his trunk, but is shocked to discover that the trunk he switched it with also has a dead body in it.

 

The Bribe
Director: Ramon Menendez
Teleplay: A L Katz & Gil Gil Adler
Starring: Terry O'Quinn, Kimberley Williams, Esai Morales, Benecio Del Toro
Synopsis:A fire inspector finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place when the sleazy strip joint owner he wants to close down makes him an offer he cannot refuse.

 

The New Arrival
Director: Peter Medak
Teleplay: Ron Finley
Starring: Twiggy Lawson, Zelda Rubenstein, Joan Severence and David Warner
Synopsis:An arrogant child psychologist is forced to deal with a house that's haunted by a poltergeist who has a case of the "terrible twos."

 

Collection Completed
Director: Mary Lambert
Teleplay: David Arnott and A. Whitney Brown, Jr. and Battle Davis & Randolph Davis from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "The Vault Of Horror."
Starring: M. Emmett Walsh and Audra Lindley
Synopsis:When Jonas retires from his job and finally has time to spend at home, he discovers that his wife lavishes too much attention on her pets. So Jonas takes up a bizarre new hobby - taxidermy. The family cat doesn't like it one bit. But, Anita gets revenge and finds a way to bring the family back together.

 

The Man Who Was Death
Director: Tom Holland
The Man Who Was Death Teleplay: Michael McDowell, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Tales From the Crypt."
Starring: Bill Sadler, David Wohl, J.W. Smith, Dani Minnick, Gerrit
Synopsis:Niles Talbot is an executioner who finds himself out of work after the death penalty is repealed. When he sees criminals literally getting away with murder, Talbot goes on a mission to prove that crime doesn't pay. The only problem is that freelance executions are illegal.

 

Fitting Punishment
Director: Jack Sholder
Teleplay: Jonathan Kahn & Michael Kahn and DonMancini, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Moses Gunn, Jon Clair
Synopsis:A miserly funeral home director robs his corpses of gold fillings while using water in place of costly embalming fluid. When his orphaned 16- year-old nephew unexpectedly shows up one day, he offers the boy room and board in exchange for labor - testing out a new coffin!

 

Abra Cadaver
Director: Steven Hopkins
Abra Cadaver Teleplay: Jim Birge, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Tales From the Crypt."
Starring: Beau Bridges, Tony Goldwyn
Synopsis:A brilliant doctor suffers a debilitating heart attack when his brother pulls a macabre practical joke. Twelve years later, he turns the tables with a bizarre chemical experiment designed to put his "life after death" theory to the test.

 

Confession
Director: Peter Hewitt
Teleplay: Scott Nimerfro, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Tales From the Crypt."
Starring: Eddie Izzard, Ciaran Hinds, Alun Armstrong, John Benfield
Synopsis:A series of three murders has taken place, each victim awoman who has been beheaded. The police arrest a screenwriter famous for serial killer murder mysteries. The investigating detective is a serial killer expert with a grudge against his superiors. The two become embroiled in an intense "head" game as they try to outwit each other.

 

Whirlpool
Director: Mick Garris
Teleplay: A L Katz & Gil Adler
Starring: Rita Rudner and Richard Lewis
Synopsis:A comic book writer finds herself caught in a repetitious nightmare world when she keeps reliving the same story she's been writing for "Crypt." Every day she lives through the same horrible episodes. First her boss rejects her latest idea then fires her. She shoots her boss in retaliation, only to be caught by the police and shot to death. But wait! Is it all a big joke?

 

Last Respects
Director: Freddie Francis
Teleplay: Scott Nimerfro, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Tales From the Crypt."
Starring: Emma Samms, Kerry Fox, Julie Cox, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray
Synopsis:When you wish upon a paw...beware, it may come true! Three bickering English sisters are granted three wishes when they obtain a monkey's paw. The trouble begins when one sister wishes for a million pounds, only to have it come true when a second sister is killed and her insurance policy is for...a million pounds.

 

Let The Punishment Fit The Crime
Director: Russell Muchahy
Let the Punishment Fit The Crime Teleplay: Ron Finley
Starring: Peter MacNichol and Purdy Lee Dreyfus
Synopsis:An ambulance chasing lawyer finds herself in legal hell when she gets pulled over in a town where justice is meted out on a scale of bad, worse, and you-don't-want-to-know.

 

Cutting Cards
Director: Walter Hill
Teleplay: Mae Woods & Walter Hill, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Tales From the Crypt."
Starring: Lance Henriksen and Kevin Tighe
Synopsis:Longtime rival gamblers meet up in a small-town car hall. Agreeing that the town isn't big enough for the two of them, they decide to let fate decide who must leave. After a game of Russian roulette fails to settle the score, they play a few hands of high-stakes "chop poker."

 

Maniac At Large
Director: John Frankenheimer
Maniac At Large Teleplay: Mae Woods
Starring: Blythe Danher, Adam Ant and Clarence Williams III
Synopsis:There's a maniac at large when a serial killer leaves a trail of dead men in the park near the library. After a nervous librarian gets a tip about the next victim, she becomes very suspicious.

 

On A Deadman's Chest
Director: William Friedkin
Teleplay: Larry Wilson
Starring: Yul Vasquez, Tia Carrere, Paul Hipp, Gregg Allman, Sherrie Rose and Heavy D
Synopsis:Life's a party for Danny Dark, the lead singer of a heavy metal supergroup - except when he's dealing with Scarlett, the party-pooping wife of the band's guitarist. But if you think Scarlett gets under Danny's skin, wait'll you get a load of the new tattoo he's just received! The rocker's groupie girlfriend convinces him to get a tattoo of a dragon but a cartoon face that looks like Scarlett. He tries to remove the tattoo but no matter how hard he tries it keeps coming back. Eventually it drives him to murder Scarlett. The tattoo comes back to haunt him despite his guilt.

 

None But The Lonely Heart
Director: Tom Hanks
Teleplay: Donald Longtooth
Starring: Treat Williams, Frances Sternhagen, Henry Gibson, Bibi Osterwald
Synopsis:A greedy con man checks his conscience at the door in a series of deadly seductions, marrying wealthy older women he meets through a dating service - then killing them for their money. After receiving some mysterious notes that seem to indicate that someone is trying to blackmail him, the con man heads to the cemetery for a spooky rendezvous with a gravedigger (Sugar Ray Leonard) - and his ever-loving dead wives!

 

The Switch
Director: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Teleplay: Richard Tuggle and Michael Taav, from a story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "Tales From the Crypt."
Starring: William Hickey, Rick Rossovich and Kelly Preston
Synopsis:An elderly millionaire spends his fortune to trade bodies with a much younger man, all to win the affections of a beautiful woman. Only then does he discover what she really wants.

 

Dig That Cat...He's Real Gone
Director: Richard Donner
Teleplay: Terry Black, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "The Haunt of Fear."
Starring: Joe Pantoliano. Robert Wuhl, Gustav Vintas, Kathleen York
Synopsis:"Have you ever heard that old saying that a cat has nine lives?" asks mad scientist Dr. Manfred, who convinces a bum named Ulric that there actually is something in the cat's brain that defies death. Manfred promises to perform an intricate operation that will give Ulric nine lives, the next best thing to being immortal. They turn the experiment into a profit-making machine, as "Ulric the Undying" is able to survive everything from a shooting gallery to an electrocution. The crowds keep coming, but can Ulric count on fame forever?

 

And All Through The House
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Teleplay: Fred Dekker, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic magazine entitled "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Mary Ellen Trainor, Larry Drake, Lindsay Whitney Barry, Marshall Bell
Synopsis:It's Christmas Eve and almost everyone is in the holiday spirit. One adulterous housewife, however, has an ax to grind with her husband, and, in fact, uses an ax to put him in his place. Meanwhile, her young daughter is anxiously waiting upstairs for the jolly visitor from the North Pole. Santa is coming to town, but so is a dangerous lunatic who escaped from the nearby institution.

 

Werewolf Concerto
Director: Steve Perry
Teleplay: Rita Mae Brown and Scott Nimerfro
Starring: Timothy Dalton, Beverly D'Angelo, Dennis Farina, Walter Gotell and Charles Fleischer
Synopsis:A hotel is wracked by a series of killings that can only be the work of a werewolf. Not to fear: Among the guests is a werewolf hunter with the cunning to handle the job.

 

Death Of Some Salesmen
Director: Gil Adler
Teleplay: A L Katz & Gilbert Adler
Starring: Tim Curry, Ed Begley, Jr., Yvorme De Carlo and Kathe Weeks
Synopsis:A crooked salesman gets more than he bargained for when he pitches his latest gadget to a psychotic family who doesn't like salesmen

 

Lover Come Hack To Me
Director: Tom Hollandr
Teleplay: Michael McDowell, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the comic entitled "The Haunt of Fear."
Starring: Amanda Plummer,Stephen Shellen, Richard Eden and Lisa Figus.
Synopsis:Honeymooners Peggy and Charles wind up at a country mansion when their Mercedes breaks down. All signs point to a very romantic evening, until the couple is visited by a phantom...and not one from the opera! Charles soon discovers a skeleton in Peggy's closet. Talk about your mother-in-law problems -- her mother makes a suprise visit. Unfortunatley, she's a ghost with murder on her mind.

 

Til Death
Director: Chris Walas
Teleplay: Jeri Barchilon
Starring: D.W. Moffett, Pamela Glen
Synopsis:An unscrupulous plantation owner uses a voodoo potion to snare a rich heiress - but he soon finds out there's no way to turn off the spell.

 

Three's A Crowd
Director: David Burton Morris
Teleplay: Kim Ketelsen, Annie Willette and David Burton Morris
Starring: Gavan O'Herlihy, Rosa Desosa and Paul Lieber
Synopsis:A down-on-their-luck couple celebrate their tenth anniversary at the lush Pacific Island lodge of a rich friend. But the party takes a nasty turn when the husband commits a faux pas that takes all the fun out of a big suprise.

 

Judy, You're Not Yourself Today
Director: Randa Haines
Teleplay: Scott Nimerfro
Starring: Carol Kane, Brian Kerwin
Synopsis:Judy and Donald are a slightly eccentric California couple. After a strange old woman takes control of Judy's body, can Donald tell which is his love and which is the witch?

 

Korman's Kalamity
Director: Rowdy Herrington
Teleplay: Terry Black
Starring: Harry Anderson, Cynthia Gibb, Colleen Camp
Synopsis:A cartoonist for "Tales From TheCrypt" discovers his macabre illustrations come to life and commit deadly acts. A policewoman investigating the murders falls in love with the married artist, but their romance won't blossom until he draws one last sketch of his wife.

 

Lower Berth
Director: Kevin Yagher
Teleplay: Fred Dekker
Starring: Stefan Gierasch, Jeff Yagher, Lewis Arquette
Synopsis:The unscrupulous owner of a travelling sideshow learns that his horribly mutated attraction, Enoch, The Two-Faced Man, is suffering from a terminal illness. When a mysterious stranger offers him a stolen Egyptian mummy with a golden curse around her neck, the circus impresario finds himself waist-deep in trouble - while Enoch is free to mate with the 4000-year-old cutie!

 

My Brother's Keeper
Director: Peter S. Seaman
Teleplay: Peter S. Seaman, Jeffery Price
Starring: Timothy Stack, Jonathan Stark, Jessica Harper
Synopsis:Siamese twins prove that they are exactly alike when one of them commits a murder.

 

Mute Witness To Murder
Director: James Simpson
Teleplay: Nancy Doyne
Starring: Richard Thomas, Patricia Clarkson
Synopsis:A respected doctor cruelly kills his wife, and another woman witnesses the murder - but can do nothing since the shock of the incident has left her mute. Committed to a sanitarium by the very same doctor, the woman struggles to regain her voice, and exact vengeance on the despicable M.D.

 

The Secret
Director: Michael Riva
Teleplay: Doug Ronning
Starring: Grace Zabriskie, Larry Drake
Synopsis:A 12-year-old orphan is adopted by a rich but eccentric couple who bring him home to an opulent mansion and give him everything he could possibly want - except the freedom to come and go as he pleases. Soon the boy learns that his new parents harbor a dark secret - one almost as terrifying as his own!

 

Mournin' Mess
Director: Manny Coto
Teleplay: Manny Coto
Starring: Steven Weber, Vincent Shiavelli
Synopsis:A newspaper reporter gets a tip that could help him break the mystery of the "homeless killer" stalking the city.

 

Undertaking Pallor
Director: Michael Thau
Teleplay: Ron Finely
Starring: John Glover
Synopsis:A group of boys uncover a scam between the town undertaker and pharmacist who are killing people and charging large burial fees. When one of the boy's father is killed, the boys seek to expose them by pitting them against each other.

 

Carrion Death
Director: Steven E. de Souza
Teleplay: Steven E. de Souza
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, George Deloy
Synopsis:A bank robber on the run from the law is captured and handcuffed to a policeman, whom he kills. before he dies, the policeman swallows the key to the cuffs. he carries the policeman's corpse onhis back across the desert, until both he and it become the buzzards' next meal.

 

The Reluctant Vampire
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Teleplay: Terry Black
Starring: Malcolm McDowell
Synopsis:A vampire working as a night watchman for a blood bank is forced back into killing victims for blood when he can no longer cover up the fact he's been stealing blood from the bank. The manager figures out his scheme and blackmails the vampire into killing for profit.

 

Split Second
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Teleplay: Richard Christian Matheson
Starring: Billy Wirth, Brion James, Michelle Johnson
Synopsis:A lumberjack's lonely life gets complicated when the sexy new bride of his mean-spirited boss tries to get into his overalls! It gets even tougher when the boss discovers them in the act and shows the young buck the meaning of the phrase "love is blind."

 

Deadline
Director: Walter Hill
Teleplay: Mae Woods, Walter Hill
Starring: Richard Jordan, Marge Helgenberger, John Capodice
Synopsis:Hard-drinking Charlie is an ace crime reporter whose years of boozing cost him his job and reputation. After meeting an intoxicating beauty in a bar, Charlie pledges to turn his life around: He quits drinking, and the tabloid agrees to give him one more chance if he can bring in a juicy story - a homicide - in a couple of days.

 

Showdown
Director: Richard Donner
Teleplay: Frank Darabont
Starring: David Morse
Synopsis:A wild west gunman finds himself in an errie showdown when he's confronted by the ghosts of victims past.

 

Beauty Rest
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Teleplay: Terry Black
Starring: Kathy ireland, Mimi Rogers, Jennifer Rubin, Buck Henry
Synopsis:Willing to kill to win, a beauty contestant finally gets the crown she covets - only to find that winning can be hazardous to your health!

 

Escape
Director: Peter MacDonald
Teleplay: A L Katzand and Gilbert Adler, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Martin Kemp, Nickolas Grace, Nick Reding, Roy Dotrice
Synopsis:In 1945, a double-crossing German soldier tries to escape from a British POW camp but finds when it comes to betrayal, what goes 'round, comes 'round.

 

Horror in the Night
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Teleplay: John Harrion, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Elizabeth McGoevern, James Wilby, Ronan Vibert, Edward Tudor Pole, Peter Guiness
Synopsis:Checking in could mean checking out, when a jewel thief/hit man double-crosses his partner and hides out in a very peculiar hotel. There, the fugitive on the run meets the "ghoul" of his dreams, a woman he killed in the same hotel five years earlier.

 

Report From The Grave
Director: William Malone
Teleplay: William Malone, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "Tales from the Crypt."
Starring: James Frain, Siobhan Flynn, Jonathan Firth, Gordon Peters, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Synopsis:Ignoring the warnings of his girlfriend, a young scientist attempts a dangerous experiment to communicate with a dead man -- who happens to be the nastiest serial killer in history!

 

The Third Pig
Director: Bill Kopp and Pat Ventura
Teleplay: Bill Kopp, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "Tales from the Crypt."
Starring: the voices of Bobcat Goldthwait, Cam Clarke, Charlie Adler, Brad Garrett, Cory Barton, Jim Cummings, John Kassir
Synopsis:This twisted adaptation of "The Three Little Pigs" is an animated fairytale from the crypt. history's most famous serial killer, the big bad wolf, finally has made a pig of himself. Now he must face the revenge of a real Franken-swine, a zombiekiller pig.

 

The Kidnapper
Director: James Spencer
Teleplay: John Harrison and Scott Nimerfro, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "Shock Suspenstories."
Starring: Steve Coogan, Julia Sawalha, Tim Stern, Serena Gordon
Synopsis:Danny, a lonely, you man, takes in Theresa, a homeless, pregnant woman and falls in love with her. When Theresa has her baby, Danny becomes jealous of it stealing her attention, and decides something must be done. He hires a kidnapper to abduct the baby, but instead of the kidnapping being the solution to his problems,it is only the beginning.

 

A Slight Case of Murder
Director: Brian Helgeland
Teleplay: Brian Helgeland, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Francesca Annis, Christopher Cazenove, Elizabeth Spriggs, Patrick Barlow
Synopsis:A best-selling female mystery writer and her estranged husband are the unwitting pawns in a real-life thriller masterminded by their pesky neighbor, who has literary and murderous ambitions of her own.

 

Curiosity Kills
Director: Eliot Silverstein
Teleplay: Stanley Ralph Ross
Starring: Margot Kidder, Kevin McCarthy, J.A. Preston, Madge Sinclair
Synopsis:A plot to keep her from sampling an eternal youth potion leads an elderly womanto commit triple murder -- only to find her once faithful dog suddenly gaining youthful strength for his own revenge.

 

Surprise Party
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Teleplay: Tom Lyons
Starring: Adam Storke, Clare Hoak, Jake Busey, Rance Howard, Michele Landry, Bette Ford, Constance Wiggins
Synopsis:Having dubiously inherited a piece of rural property from his father, a young man receives a hell-raising welcoming party from some unexpected guests.

 

Comes the Dawn
Director: John Herzfeld
Teleplay: Scott Nimerfro
Starring: Michael Ironside
Synopsis:A blowhard ex-Army colonel and his scurrilous ex-sergeant arrive in Alaska to poach a grizzly - and end up getting "trapped" by a gorgeous Desert Storm vet!

 

Only Skin Deep
Director: Bill Malone
Teleplay: Dick Beebe
Starring: Peter Onorati and Sherrie Rose
Synopsis:A man with a history of violent behavior picks up the wrong girl at a costume party wearing a mask. He promises to keep quiet but the next day he spills the beans. The woman tells him not to be around while she's awake. He finds out that she's wearing that same mask. He tries to remove it only to learn that it's her horrible face. She gives him the most shocking punishment.

 

Operation Friendship
Director: Roland Mesa
Teleplay: A L Katz and Gil Adler
Starring: Tate Donavan, John Caponera, Peter Dobson, Michelle Renee Thomas
Synopsis:A young computer nerd's alter ego - his imaginary childhood friend - turns murderous when he fears the computer nerd doesn't need him anymore.

 

Revenge is the Nuts
Director: Jonas McCord
Teleplay: A L Katz and Gil Adler
Starring: Anthony Zerbe, Teri Polo, John Savage, Isaac Hayes, Tim Sampson
Synopsis:The inhabitants of a run-down home for the blind plot their revenge on the evil man who runs the place.

 

Ear Today...Gone Tomorrow
Director: Christopher Hart
Teleplay: Ed Tapia, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "Tales from the Crypt."
Starring: Robert Lindsay, Gretchen Palmer, Richard Johnson, Phil Davis, David Grant
Synopsis:An aging ace safecracker, down on his luck and losing his hearing, discovers it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature when he agrees to a radical surgery: to receive the auditory system of an owl.

 

About Face
Director: Tom Sanders
Teleplay: Larry Wilson and A L Katz & Gil Adler, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "The Haunt of Fear."
Starring: Anthony Andrews, Imelda Staunton, Anna Friel
Synopsis:A promiscuous preacher fathers twin girls, then abandons them. Years later, the girls return - one is a sweet, loving innocent, but the other is a Bible-quoting, hideous monster. Thank hell for little girls!.

 

Smoke Wrings
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Teleplay: Lisa Sandoval, from the story originally published by William M. Gaines in the Comic Magazine entitled "The Vault of Horror."
Starring: Ute Lemper, Chis Stanton, Denis Lawson, Tres Hanley, Daniel Craig, Gayle Hunnicutt
Synopsis:In the cut-throat world ofadvertising, success can lead to a big downfall. The owner of an ad agency hires Barry, a young upstart. At a client presentation, barry criticizes the work of the creative director. Barry is then given 24 hours to come up with his own presentation. Barry then meets with the former agancy owner who is out for revenge and who gives him an innovative new invention: a microchip that uses sound waves to talk to people's subconscience to heighten their existing predispositions. But the plan goes awry when the microchip is used on Barry, a convicted murderer.

 

What's Cookin?
Director: Gilbert Adler
Teleplay: Gilbert Adler and A L Katz
Starring: Bess Armstrong, Meat Loaf, Judd Nelson, Christopher Reeve
Synopsis:A rundown diner becomes a huge success when an employee introduces a tasty new steak recipe to the menu. What's his special ingredient?

 

Seance
Director: Gary Fleder
Teleplay: Harry Anderson
Starring: Ben Cross, Cathy Moriarty, John Vernon
Synopsis:A conniving couple tries to salvage an inheritance scam gone awry by "summoning" the ghost of a murdered man to persuade his widow to hand over a fortune.

 

 

Strung Along
Director: Kevin Yagher
Teleplay: Yale Udoff and Kevin Yagher
Starring: Donald O'Connor, Patricia Charbonneau, Zach Galligan
Synopsis:An aging puppeteer falls victim to a cruel trick by his unfaithful wife and her lover until his favorite puppet decides it's time to stand up and be counted.

 

House of Horror
Director: Bob Gale
Teleplay: Bob Gale
Starring: Kevin Dillon, Wil Wheaton (Wesley in Star Trek:TNG)
Synopsis:Joining a fraternity is quite difficult when the overbearing pledgemaster is a slave driver. This fraternity boasts a wall of shame for those pledges afraid to take the final test. What happens when this pledgemaster's scare tactics backfire?

 

Creep Course
Director: Jeffrey Boam
Teleplay: Jefferey Boam
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Nina Siemaszko, Damon Hines, Julius Carry
Synopsis:Tricked by her college professor into becoming the human sacrifice to an ancient mummy, a young girl uses the situation to her advantage to get revenge and a good grade.

 

Til Death Do We Part
Director: Peter Iliff
Teleplay: Peter Iliff
Starring: Eileen Brennan, Kate Vernon, John Stamos, Frank Stallone
Synopsis:A kept gigolo is forced to kill the woman he is having an affair with in front of the woman who keeps him. But, will he fight for the woman he loves?

 

Food For Thought
Director: Rodman Flender
Teleplay: Larry Wilson
Starring: Ernie Hudson, Joan Chen, John Laughlin
Synopsis:An egomaniacal clown whose wife reads his mind during his act, arranges the deathof his wife's lover, but then faces the same fate when he's involved in an accidnet which leaves him at his wife's mercy.

 

Halfway Horrible
Director: Gregory Widen
Teleplay: Gregory Widen
Starring: Clancy Brown, Martin Kive, Costas Mandylor, Charles Martin Smith, Jon Tenny, Cheech Marin
Synopsis:The owner of a chemical business is forced to kill his friend to develop a preservin chemical for his personal financial gain. unfortunately, his is haunted by his evil half.

 

100% Pure Horror
Director: Rodman Flender
Teleplay: Rodman Flender
Starring: Bruce Davison
Synopsis:An embittered wife of a soap-company mogul decides the best way to "dissolve" their marriage is to wash that man right out of her life - literally.

 

The Pit
Director: John Harrison
Teleplay: John Harrison
Starring: Mark Dacascos, Debbe Dunning, Marjean Holden, Stoney Jackson, Wayne Newton
Synopsis: The ultimate fighting eventof the century is about to happen in Las Vegas between the strongest fighters in the world. The 2 men are longtime rivals going head to head in a grudge match. But the real fight isn't between them, it's between their feuding wives. When the two men realize they don't hate each other, they decide to put their wives in the ring. With the help of a Las Vegas showman, they set them up as they watch them in a boxing match on live television.

 

Assassin
Director: Martin Von Hasselberg
Teleplay: Scott Nimerfro
Starring: Shelley Hack, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Banks, Marshall Teague, Chelsea Field
Synopsis:The perfect housewife is under siege by a group of covert operatives who think her husband is a CIA hitman gone AWOL.

 

Staired in Horror
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Teleplay: Colman deKay and Teller
Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Rachel Ticotin, R. Lee Ermey
Synopsis:A young hood on the run from the police holes up in a remote ante-bellum mansion - with a curse on it.

 

In the Groove
Director: Vincent Spano
Teleplay: Colman deKay and Teller
Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Linda Douchett, Wendie Malick
Synopsis:A disc jockey at a small radio station resorts to murder when his old writing partner and lover leads him to believe his newfound success is being threatened by his wife.

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