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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

Taglines:

DEATH LIVES in the Vault of Horror!

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Horror

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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script under went many drafts, most changes involving the crypt keeper himself. First draft had him talking to the audience directly, the third draft did not contain a crypt keeper, and by the sixth draft it was decided he would interact with people in the stories. See more »

Goofs

In Segment 5, "Blind Alleys", when Major Rogers enters the dining room there is a murmur of conversation, however no one is seen to be speaking. See more »

Quotes

The Crypt Keeper: Who's next?
[looks at camera]
The Crypt Keeper: Perhaps... you?
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Referenced in Hood of Horror (2006) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
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Just got the Dual Midnite Madness September 2007 DVD set. "Tales" looks great!
15 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Finally. A clear, clean print of "Tales From The Crypt"!

Fox did a nice job with "Tales". The movie looks very clean and clear on my 62" Toshiba HD television.

"Vault Of Horror" on the other hand is a bit of a mess. Very orange looking and a bit noisy. It is decent, but why didn't Fox do a good job cleaning "Vault" like they did, "Tales" which is an OLDER film by only a year?

"Vault Of Horror", also is CENSORED. TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE on Fox's part. They put a big black cartoon over the shoulder of a vampire near Rogers (Daniel Massey's) head. It looks idiotic. What makes no sense is later on in another story, they show a man's pickled parts in jars (they also do a weird freeze frame of a hammer to his head, which looks like censorship again), and later they show hands being chopped off. So why the other random censorship?

Shame on Fox for that. The print of "Vault" is also kind of noisy and orange.

Still, this set is worth buying for the great, clean print of "Tales".


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