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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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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuentos de ultratumba  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Cushing was originally intended to play Ralph Jason, but after looking at the script he persuaded the producers that he would do more justice to the role of Mr. Grimsdyke 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: Rogers interrupts Carter"For reasons of economy the heating is turned off at twenty hundred hours.You should all be in bed by then after all there's no point in staying up you cant 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 ...
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
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Not Your Typical Bedtime Story!
26 January 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Amicus Studios, best known for their anthology films nailed it with this effort from 1972. With five solid stories to chill your bones, this anthology is one of my favorite films, bar none. The film is packed with a solid cast that includes; Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, Ian Hednry and Richard Greene, just to name a few. My personal faves from this anthology would be; All Through the House, Poetic Justice and Wish You Were Here, but all five stories are really well done. The Peter Cushing story is particularly touching, Cushing does a wonderful job of playing a sad man, mourning the death of his wife, in his story, which very much paralleled Cushing's own life, as he was still in mourning over the recent loss of his own wife. If you're a fan of the macabre, then you owe it to yourself to seek this 1972 film out, it is quite tame by today's standards as far as blood and gore go, but the chill factor is definitely there.


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