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Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | | Horror | 9 March 1972 (USA)
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joanne Clayton (segment 1 "And All Through The House")
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Arthur Edward Grimsdyke (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
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Charles Gregory (segment 4 "Wish You Were Here")
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Ralph Jason (segment 4 "Wish You Were Here")
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Carl Maitland (segment 2 "Reflection of Death")
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George Carter (segment 5 "Blind Alleys")
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Enid Jason (segment 4 "Wish You Were Here")
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Major William Rogers (segment 5 "Blind Alleys")
Robin Phillips ...
James Elliot (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
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The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
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Guide
David Markham ...
Father - Edward Elliot (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
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Neighbour - Mr.Baker (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
Angela Grant ...
Susan Blake (segment 2 "Reflection of Death") (as Angie Grant)
Susan Denny ...
Wife - Mrs. Maitland (segment 2 "Reflection of Death")

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Five persons are visiting a catacomb following a guide and get lost. They find that they are trapped in a crypt and, out of the blue, they see The Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson) that tells five stories: (1) And All through the House: On the Christmas Eve, Joanne Clayton kills her husband expecting to receive his insurance. She hears on the news that the police are seeking-out a serial-killer posing of Santa Claus. When the man knocks on her door, she can not call the police since the body of her husband lays on the living room, and Joanne locks windows and doors. When she looks for her daughter, she has a lethal surprise. (2) Reflection of Death: Carl Maitland leaves his wife and children and leaves town with his mistress. However something happens during their journey (3) Poetic Justice: The widower janitor Arthur Edward Grimsdyke is a good man that spends his leisure time with the children from the neighborhood. His heartless neighbor James Elliot does not like him and destroys his... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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DEATH LIVES in the Vault of Horror!

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Horror

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9 March 1972 (USA)  »

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Cuentos de ultratumba  »

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£170,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Hutton (Mr. Baker) and Peter Cushing (Arthur Edward Grimsdyke) died only four days apart: Hutton on August 7, 1994 and Cushing on August 11, 1994. See more »

Goofs

In the "Wish You Were Here" segment, Enid wishes her husband to back to life forever, but at the end it is revealed that he and the others have gone to a place where those who have died without repenting go. See more »

Quotes

George Carter: The men have asked me to come and talk to you.
Maj. William Rogers: Yes?
George Carter: It's about the heating. It's been very cold these past few nights. We wondered if...
Maj. William Rogers: [cutting him off] For reasons of economy, the heating is turned off at 2000 hours. You should all be in bed by then. After all, there's no point in staying up. You can't see anything.
George Carter: The beds are cold. There aren't enough blankets!
Maj. William Rogers: I am trying to run this place as efficiently and economically as I can. I am afraid the current budget does not include the cost ...
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Connections

Follows Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata & Fugue in D minor
By Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
Played by Nicolas Kynaston
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Great for the fans of its genre.
18 April 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The movie tells 5 different creepy stories. It's the same concept used later in "Twilight Zone: The Movie".

Of course some of the stories are good and some of the them are bad. Once you start thinking about it, all of the stories are actually kind of ridiculous in a way but that doesn't mean it is not entertaining to watch, especially not for those that are fan of the genre.

Unlike so many other old horror movies, this movie actually gets creepy and scary at times.

Peter Cushing plays a role in which I have never seen him before. Mostly he always plays the same character, the bad guy, or when Christopher Lee is also in the movie he plays the good guy, it's as simple as that. However not in this movie, he really plays an heartwarming and charming character which was a real surprise to me. Can I say that this is one of Cushing's best roles ever?

An enjoyable horror flick that is prefect to kill some time with.

7/10

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