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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

Stephen King and George A. Romero considered remaking this movie together. Their work together resulted in a completely separate but similar film, Creepshow (1982). See more »

Goofs

When a close-up is shown of the skeletal motorcyclist following Ralph Jason in the "Wish You Were Here" segment, his facial features can clearly be seen behind the skeletal mask. See more »

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The Crypt Keeper: Who's next?
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A nice way to waste a couple of hours
9 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Tales From the Crypt is a movie, that is different than most horror movies. It starts out with people wandering through a tomb on a tour, they stray away and end up locked in a crypt with a strange man in it. He tells them stories about what happened or what is about to happen to them.

The movie itself is stylishly made, and somewhat suspenseful. The acting in it is above par, and although the film itself never goes to being a triumph, it does stay entertaining till the end, to a shocking final twist. But I must say even though the film is PG, it's like JAWS, it has quite a bit of violence and blood in it, and parents should be warned that if this was released now it would be PG-13.

So if you're a fan of thrillers that are intelligent, scary, and stylish, Tales From the Crypt is one for you. And if you're one that just wants to waste a couple of hours, this is a fun movie, that you won't regret seeing.


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