HBO Almost Released A CryptKeeper Video Game?

HBO Almost Released A CryptKeeper Video Game?

In point of fact, it wasn’t just the CryptKeeper but HBO’s Tales from the Crypt that was intended to be made a game. This was certainly news to me when I saw the announcement on Bloody Disgusting the other day. Although having said that, the popularity of the CryptKeeper and the show he hosted was pretty far-spread, right?

Beyond talking dolls and a hit television series on HBO, the CryptKeeper had a line of toys. Based on a rather surprising choice for Saturday morning animation fare. 1993’s Tales from the CryptKeeper featured every boils and ghouls favorite host. Introducing horror tales that were lighter on the scares and heavier on the moral lesson.

Many of the best monsters of that first season, were given the toy treatment.
CryptKeeper - Tales from the CryptKeeper - Blister Card

Furthermore Tales from the Crypt and naturally the CryptKeeper were given their own pinball machine in 1993. One that I have had the pleasure of playing a couple of times, definitely a nice table.

Now I do indeed consider myself a fan of Tales from the Crypt. It started with my love of the original EC Comics reprints and it was loathe, I mean love, at first sight when I caught the TV series. They really caught lightning in a bottle with their version of the CryptKeeper. Helped immensely of course by the voice work of John Kassir, who in 1992 was also voicing Buster Bunny in Tiny Toon Adventures!

As I just said, I do consider myself a big fan of Tales from the Crypt. However I cannot hold a candle to the love that Jonathan of CryptTube has for the series. In addition he is responsible for finding out that in ’95 or ’96, a Tales from the Crypt computer game was in the works.

Jonathan went so far as to contact the head artist from the video game. Which was none other than Mike Vosburg. The very same artist who provided the artwork we see in the CryptKeeper’s tome!

Mike was even kind enough to send to Jonathan his storyboard panels for the cancelled game.

CryptKeeper - Mike Voz - Panels

After viewing CryptTube’s video, it definitely looks like we were in for something special. It appears that our favorite host of horror and terror tales would introduce each segment of the game. Each featuring a different Tales from the Crypt story or of course.I was certainly surprised to see that, at least in the storyboards, the Old Witch and VaultKeeper were intended to appear. I can’t help but think it would play into the rivalry between the two characters and the host.

CryptKeeper - Mike Voz - Video Game Panels

Sit back and enjoy looking at how close we came to a video game starring the CryptKeeper!


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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