"Lower Berth"
Series Tales from the Crypt
Season 2, Episode 14
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Air date July 3rd, 1990
Writers Fred Dekker
Director Kevin Yagher
Producers Richard Donner; Robert Zemeckis; Joel Silver; David Giler; Walter Hill; William Teitler; Charles Skouras, III
Starring John Kassir; Lewis Arquette; Stefan Gierasch; Mark Rolston; Jeff Yagher; Cindy Riegel; Alexandra Prager; Kenneth White
Episode guide
"Korman's Kalamity"
"Mute Witness to Murder"

"Lower Berth" is the fourteenth episode of season two of the horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt and the twentieth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Kevin Yagher with a script written by Fred Dekker. It first aired on HBO on July 3rd, 1990. This episode deals with themes of carnival sideshows, mutant births, and mummies.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is an adaptation of the "Lower Berth!" story, which is the first vignette from issue #33 of the Tales from the Crypt comic book series by EC Comics. The story was written by Al Feldstein with artwork by Jack Davis. In the original story, the two-headed man was actually a corpse and the mummy was 4,000-years-old, not 2,000.
  • This is one of the only episodes of Tales from the Crypt where the Crypt Keeper actually plays a role in the story itself. He is presented as the bastard son of Enoch, the Two-Faced Man and a 2,000-year-old mummy.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Director Kevin Yagher is a special effects and animatronics creator. He is also the man who designed the Crypt Keeper, so it is fitting that the creator of the show's host is also the director of the episode that features his birth.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • The Crypt Keeper: Aw... There, there. Isn't he just so cute that you want to... Oops. Crypt Keeper here kiddies and speaking of kiddies, tonight's sickening saga should be subtitled a Tale from the Crib. Yes, dear fans I've got a real nursery crime for you this time. It's all about the humble beginnings of my favorite horror hero. So call the babysitter and break out the barf bags as I narrate a nauseating novella with a very special place in my heart. I affectionately call this one, 'Lower Berth'.


  • The Crypt Keeper: Oh, sorry, kiddies. But that story just makes me go to all pieces. Ah Ha Ha. I was a cute little terror tyke though wasn't I. As for Enoch and Myrna I guess you figured out by now where I get my good looks. Old Two-Face was my daddy and the mummy was my mommy. Ha Ha Ha.

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