Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader, Julian Karswell. Holden is a skeptic and does not believe in ... See full summary »
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »
Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first ... See full summary »
A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a ... See full summary »
Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this ... See full summary »
There have been a spate of London police murders, the victims always killed by a long knife (which the police know is a sword cane), the murders always taking place in a deserted but ... See full summary »
Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales. Written by
Doug Sederberg <email@example.com>
According to Stephen Bourne's 2005 book "Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music," the depiction of Elisabeth Welch's character Beulah was "a breakthrough in the portrayal of black women in films... for the first time in a film, a black woman is portrayed as independent, successful and resourceful. [Welch] played an important part in the development of the plot, and was featured in the film's billing with such eminent players as Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns and Frederick Valk."
[Source: Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music, Stephen Bourne, Scarecrow Press, 2005] See more »
During the dummy sequence, when sitting and talking with Mr. Kee, the dummy's hand changes position from table to knee. See more »
Ah! Walter Craig?
How do you do? You're Eliot Foley.
That's right. So glad you were able to come, let's have your bag.
[takes Craig's bag]
We'll put the car away afterwards. You know it struck me after I'd telephoned you, rather a cheek on my part asking a busy architect like yourself to come down and spend the weekend with a set of complete strangers.
Not a bit.
You see we're pretty cramped for space here, we need at least two more bedrooms.
And with only one living room.
[...] See more »
Walter Craig goes away for the weekend to relax to a place suggested by a friend. When he arrives he finds that he's has been to this place before, but in his dreams, and the host, his mother, and the 5 other guests he has also encountered in his dreams (though never in person), but as Craig later puts it, they should be called nightmares. One of the guests, Psychologist Dr. Van Straaten, believes there is a logical explanation for Craig knowing the house and of the guests, but the remaining guests debunk Van Straaten's theory but telling of their supernatural encounters, but Craig later believes the longer he stays at the manor, the greater chance, tragedy will occur. This is the movie that Tales of the Crypt could not ever hope to become. The film starts off slowly (its lone drawback), but as the film progresses, it become more mysterious and eerie. The Hearse Driver segment is wooden, the Christmas party is the weakest, the Haunted Mirror is a great spook tale, and the Golfing Story is a nice humorous change of pace, however the Ventriloquist's Dummy segment, the one the film is known for, is clearly the best of the lot, with Michael Redgrave giving the performance of his life as Frere. Mervyn Johns is very good as the tormented Craig, and the linking narratives are add its own spookiness as well. Great ending. Rating, 10.
21 of 28 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?