A Tales From the Crypt fan has given the hit show an upscaled 4K intro. Tales From the Crypt was a horror anthology series that aired on HBO from 1989-1996. Based on the EC horror comics of the '50s, the series was incredibly popular, which allowed it to expand past the seven seasons that were on the air. After Tales From the Crypt ended in 1996, the franchise continued with an animated series, three movies, and even a short-lived game show called Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House.
While each episode of Tales From the Crypt gave fans a new spooky tale each week, one thing remained consistent- the intro. The intro begins with a creaky metal gate opening to reveal a ghostly looking mansion as lightning cracks in the night sky. The camera then enters the mansion, gives a quick view of the decrepit mansion before leading viewers into the crypt. This effect was done using a miniature model and a tiny camera to trick viewers into thinking they were being guided through a real mansion. The intro itself is iconic in its own way, and now it's been given an upgrade.
YouTube channel Thirteenth Floor recently uploaded the Tales From the Crypt intro in 4K. This base video was taken from Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, since the original intro from the TV series only had a 4:3 aspect ratio and had too many interlacing artifacts. The full Tales From the Crypt intro can be seen below:
There are several horror anthology shows still being made today, but Tales From the Crypt is still a popular franchise in the horror community. There have even been a few attempts to reboot the series, none of which ended up coming to fruition due to rights issues regarding the Cryptkeeper character and the brand itself. The closest fans got to a Tales From the Crypt reboot was in 2017 when M. Night Shyamalan began developing a series for TNT.
Unfortunately for fans, the Tales From the Crypt intro is the only thing likely to get upscaled to 4K in the near future. As is the case for many older films, the technology is there to upscale the entirety of HBO's hit series. Tales From the Crypt isn't even streaming on HBO Max, again likely due to rights issues, so people will have to settle for this 4K intro for the time being. The series can be found on DVD, but there's no doubt that many fans would love to get their hands on a Tales From the Crypt 4K box set.