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Tales from the Crypt (1972)

 -  Horror  -  9 March 1972 (USA)
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Five people get lost in a crypt and meet up with a strange crypt keeper who tells them stories of how they died.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Guide
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Joanne Clayton (segment 1 "And All Through The House")
Martin Boddey ...
Husband - Richard Clayton (segment 1 "And All Through The House")
Chloe Franks ...
Daughter - Carol Clayton (segment 1 "And All Through The House")
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Maniac in Santa Suit (segment 1 "And All Through The House")
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Carl Maitland (segment 2 "Reflection of Death")
Susan Denny ...
Wife - Mrs. Maitland (segment 2 "Reflection of Death")
Angela Grant ...
Susan Blake (segment 2 "Reflection of Death") (as Angie Grant)
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Arthur Edward Grimsdyke (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
Robin Phillips ...
James Elliot (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
David Markham ...
Father - Edward Elliot (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
Robert Hutton ...
Neighbour - Mr.Baker (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
Richard Greene ...
Ralph Jason (segment 4 "Wish You Were Here")
Barbara Murray ...
Enid Jason (segment 4 "Wish You Where Here")
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Cuentos de ultratumba  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Director Freddie Francis never read the original comics, fearing it would affect his personal interpretations on the stories. See more »

Goofs

in the segment 'Wish You Were Here', Enid wishes her husband back from the dead just as he was at the moment before he died. However, when he comes back, it is revealed that he was embalmed. That would have happened some time after he died. See more »

Quotes

Charles Gregory: [Revived to life, twitching and screaming in pain] Oh, Enid!
Charles Gregory: [Yelling towards the front door] Charles!
Ralph Jason: Help me!
Charles Gregory: [Entering the house] What's happened?
[to Enid]
Charles Gregory: What have you done?
Enid Jason: I wished him alive again... forever!
Charles Gregory: Don't you realize he's been embalmed? His veins are filled with embalming fluid, burning into him!
Enid Jason: [Sobbing] Oh, no!
Ralph Jason: [Screaming] Enid, do something! For God's sake, Enid, help me!
[...]
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Spin-off Tales from the Crypt (1989) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
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Very good horror anthology by specialist company Amicus
19 April 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The early 70's were golden years for the British horror industry… Hammer produced their last goodies, while there was another company who specialized in making the so-called `horror-omnibuses'… During a reign of approximately 10 years, Amicus brought forward anthologies going from nearly brilliant (The House that Dripped Blood) to very bad (The Monster Club). Tales From the Crypt surely belongs to their greatest achievements as well and it guarantees an hour and a half of delightful horror entertainment. Five stories are presented to us, and at least four of them have an above average quality level. (Sir) Ralph Richardson appears as the host. Disguised as the Cryptkeeper, he shows the unfortunate dead of 5 people who descended into his vault…

The film is based on a fifties comic book success formula, which also resulted in a popular spin-off series in the early nineties. The protagonists are always doomed and these tales show their regress into death… Each of the stories has its own, unique setting and atmosphere and, together, they cover pretty much all the favorite horror topics. Yet, 5 stories is a little exaggerated and therefore aren't fully elaborated…

Especially the first story suffers from its own shortness…It involves a bitchy woman (a stunningly beautiful Joan Collins) who kills her husband, but finds herself trapped in her house while an escaped lunatic lurks through the windows. This first story is pretty bloody and tense, and I wish it had been a little longer (if it were only to look at Collins some more…). The second story by far is the worst of them all and I feel they should have left this one out. The storyline has nothing new to offer and the acting is uninspired. Tale number three stars horror-legend Peter Cushing and he's the good guy for a change! Cushing is a lonely man who offers presents to the neighborhood children and throws parties for them…I guess this wasn't an issue in the seventies yet! Or was it? Cushing character is hated by his next-door neighbor, but eventually avenges himself. The fourth story is my personal favorite since it really breathes an almost unbearable morbidity…it's a variant on the famous monkey-claw myth, which provides the owner with 3 wishes. This chapter is really chilling and the scenery is great! It also has the best make-up effects and adorable twisted humor! The final story is very ingenious and chilling as well and it entirely takes places in an institute for the blind. The new manager introduces a whole lot of economy measures, while he's living a life of luxury. At one point, the inhabitants won't take it anymore and they show him what being blind feels like…


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