Note: This documentary is included as a bonus feature on the season one dvd set of the TV show. It is not available by itself at this time.
For a lot of people Tales from the Crypt started as a TV show, but it actually started as a comic book in the 50's. The very bumpy road that Tales from the Crypt had to take is chronicled in Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television, an intriguing look not only at the rise and fall of EC, but at the industry as a whole.
Many controversies would follow and because of this a ratings board for comic books was formed. EC held out for a long time before reluctantly joining the board. It was not long after joining that EC closed up shop.
And then, of course, came the TV show in the late eighties. Originally conceived as an anthology movie, Tales from the Crypt scrapped the movie idea in favor of an HBO series. The series was a huge success and would go on to run for seven seasons.
If there is anything negative to say about this documentary its that the run time is too short. Every time a topic would come up, the filmmakers would cut it short. There seems to be more to this documentary, but everything seems cut down.
I have been a big fan of the Tales from the Crypt TV show since I was a kid so seeing where it came from was a fun time. I really enjoyed this documentary, but I just wish there was more to it.