After filming Child’s Play, original Chucky animatronic was stripped and re-used as the Crypt Keeper

12 Spine-Tingling Facts About Tales From the Crypt

Yanked from the tasteless, imaginative, and classic E.C. comics that incited a Congressional investigation in the 1950s, HBO’s Tales from the Crypt—which premiered on June 10, 1989—was one of the few television shows where A-list Hollywood talent appeared. Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) was an executive producer, along with Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon, Superman: The Movie) and Walter Hill (The Warriors). Each week, the anthology series would deal out a bloody morality tale, framed by the cackling Crypt Keeper (voiced by John Kassir). Boils and ghouls curious about the show’s history should keep reading, or more puns will follow.

1. Lethal Weapon is partly responsible for the show.

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14 thoughts on “After filming Child’s Play, original Chucky animatronic was stripped and re-used as the Crypt Keeper”

  1. louiseaveryb

    I’ve heard variations of this before, but in the actual article you linked, it says they only used his eyes:

    THE CRYPT KEEPER HAS CHUCKY’S EYES.

    When a film or television show needs a creepy animatronic puppet, they usually call Kevin Yagher. As horror’s Jim Henson, the prolific special effects expert has been responsible for the Crypt Keeper, Chucky of the Child’s Play films, and various versions of the Freddy Krueger make-up. To create Tales from the Crypt’s decomposing host, Yagher used the clear blue eyes from his Chucky fabrication; it took six puppeteers to make him fully operational.

    I know I’ve read in other places it’s the full animatronic, but I’ve also read it was just his eyes in other places too, so I don’t know what to believe. Can definitely see some resemblance in the puppet, but might not be the same puppet.

  2. phroug2

    Wait, there was a version of TotC that had nudity, gore, and swears?

    I only saw the episodes that aired on Fox when I was a kid

  3. Temetnoscecubed

    Brad Dourif is the best.

    He was in Child’s Play and Tales from The Crypt.

  4. bxsephjo

    Wasn’t it also used in a Daft Punk music video?

  5. wrenway

    wow the resemblance is uncanny, can’t believe i never noticed. also happy cake day OP

  6. Zombie_Jesus_83

    Such a shame that Tales isn’t available on any streaming service. There must be some significant rights dispute going on.

  7. Dilaudid2meetU

    Tangentially related but y’all ever seen when they made a claymation crypt keeper take a few steps?

  8. DisciplinedRoutine

    Good for him. It’s hard to get consistent work in hollywood.

  9. IAmHoltron

    And it was used in the Daft Punk music video Technologic

  10. KnifeHandNovice

    > When a film or television show needs a creepy animatronic puppet, they usually call Kevin Yagher. As horror’s Jim Henson, the prolific special effects expert has been responsible for the Crypt Keeper, Chucky of the Child’s Play films, and various versions of the Freddy Krueger make-up. To create Tales from the Crypt’s decomposing host, Yagher used the clear blue eyes from his Chucky fabrication; it took six puppeteers to make him fully operational.

    Looks like they just used the eyes.

  11. ENFJPLinguaphile

    That’s why Chucky looked familiar when I first heard of the series years later….oh, my goodness!! In retrospect that *Tales from the Crypt* series was weird, but I loved it for some reason I still can’t figure out as a kid!

  12. The_RTV

    Crypt Keeper was my nightmare as a kid. I would play chicken with Tales From the Crypt to see if I could make it through the intro. I chickened out every time the Crypt Keeper appeared lol

  13. Mateyas

    Next they’ll use it as Prince Philip’s younger self in the biopic.

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