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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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Joanne Clayton (segment 1 "And All Through The House")
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Arthur Edward Grimsdyke (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
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Charles Gregory (segment 4 "Wish You Were Here")
Richard Greene ...
Ralph Jason (segment 4 "Wish You Were Here")
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Carl Maitland (segment 2 "Reflection of Death")
Patrick Magee ...
George Carter (segment 5 "Blind Alleys")
Barbara Murray ...
Enid Jason (segment 4 "Wish You Where Here")
Nigel Patrick ...
Maj. William Rogers (segment 5 "Blind Alleys")
Robin Phillips ...
James Elliot (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
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Geoffrey Bayldon ...
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David Markham ...
Father - Edward Elliot (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
Robert Hutton ...
Neighbour - Mr.Baker (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
Angela Grant ...
Susan Blake (segment 2 "Reflection of Death") (as Angie Grant)
Susan Denny ...
Wife - Mrs. Maitland (segment 2 "Reflection of Death")
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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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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 1972 (USA)  »

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Tales from the Crypt  »

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(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

(at around 47 mins) Just before Joaanne reaches for the phone as she crawls beneath the second window, the reflection of a still photographer can be seen in the window above her. He lifts the camera as if to take a still shot. The scene cuts to a closeup and the view has changed and the reflection is no longer seen. (There is a publicity photo of Joan Collins crouched under the window holding the phone in existence.) See more »

Quotes

Father: Reading Arthur.Grimsdyke's revenge letter written in the dead James.Elliot's blood."You where cruel and mean right from the start now you can truly say you have no heart".
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Connections

Referenced in The Vault of Horror (1973) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Johann Sebastian Bach
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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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