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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

Ralph Richardson filmed his major role in a day. See more »

Goofs

In segment 5, "Blind Alleys", two of the actors playing blind men look directly at the dog when it starts barking at them and follow it with their eyes even when it stops barking. 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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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
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E.C.'s most popular comic book comes to the big screen!
27 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Tales From the Crypt (1972) was the first (and best) adaptation of E.C.'s most popular and beloved comic book. These tales were taken straight out of the original panels. Unlike the overrated and lame cable t.v. version that made a mockery out of the original source, this film from Amicus paid tribute to TALES FROM THE CRYPT in such a way that put's the H.B.O. version to shame.

These tales were baffling, scare and mystify the viewers. They work well in the omnibus format instead of stretching them to fill a half hour worth of screen time. I also liked the original crypt keeper, he was more like the comic book character as well. I wish that they release this underrated movie out on D.V.D. It could find a whole new generation of fans. Stars Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, Patrick Magee and Sir Ralph Richardson as the crypt keeper.

Highly recommended.


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