First, the good news: Tales From The Crypt is returning to television. Savor this moment before moving on.
Alright. Here's the rest of the news:
(TNT) announced on Thursday that it is teaming up with Oscar-nominated director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) for a new two-hour horror blockanchored by a reboot of Tales From the Crypt and set to launch in fall 2016.
There's a lot to consider here. Speaking as someone who grew up with HBO's long-running late night series, the idea of Tales From The Crypt returning is very exciting (if anything, I'm surprised it's taken this long for a reboot to happen). And speaking as a card-carrying M. Night Shyamalan apologist, I'm legit excited to see his name attached: this is a horror series known for its wicked sense of humor and twist endings. Who better to relaunch this thing?
M. Night haters are certain to roll their eyes over this, but I wonder how many of them have seen last year's The Visit? Not only was it the return to form Shyamalan lifers had been hoping for, but its deft handling of tone (leaping from funny to scary and back again, sometimes within a single scene) very clearly demonstrate why Shyamalan would be a perfect choice to oversee this thing. People will bitch, but they are wrong.
More troubling is the fact that the reboot will air on TNT. Back in the day, HBO's take offered up an intoxicatingly illicit mix of boobs and blood, the sort of thing custom-designed for young teenagers to watch with the volume turned down whenever their parents left the room. While it's debatable as to whether or not all that gratuitous nudity's necessary (it isn't, but I won't shout down the purists on this point), the gore is absolutely non-negotiable. That's a hallmark of the series that predates the show, and a Tales From The Crypt without it would just be a bigger-budgeted Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Fuck a bunch of that.
As for the rest of TNT's Shyamalan-curated horror block, TV Line says it will include "additional short- and long-form storytelling", and that we'll be hearing more announcements in the coming months. Speculate on what else Shyamalan might come up with - and whether or not this new Tales From The Crypt will be any good - in the comments below.