The age of Youtube has given rise to an overwhelming tide of “fan films,” projects made not for profit but rather to honor and pay tribute to a particular piece of pop culture. Some of these efforts are quite good, and some are quite bad, but there is never anything wrong with the creative types among us using the internet to express themselves.
For example, a talented group of fans recently came together to create an entirely animated rendition of the classic opening sequence that began every episode of HBO’s iconic anthology series Tales from the Crypt.[youtube id=”w6be7-v2wOs”] [youtube id=”yu_eXegPAWc”]
While it’s not quite a full on fan-film, it’s still pretty damn cool, with the animation of Crypt’s old dark house, its surroundings, and the long winding staircase leading to the Cryptkeeper’s titular abode being rendered so well that you might not even realize it was CGI if you weren’t informed of the fact beforehand.
The animation is very sharp, crisp, and polished looking, and in some ways actually looks better than the grainy old footage we know and love. The only letdown is the Cryptkeeper himself, which the creators of the video seem to have kinda given up on. He sort of looks like a Cryptkeeper head on a stick. Still, the level of quality is otherwise commendable, and points to a bright future for animators Benabdallah Adel and Penoit Damien and their FX helpers Meradi and Toufik Mekbel.