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Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | | Horror | 9 March 1972 (USA)
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Milton Subotsky (screenplay), Al Feldstein (stories) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Richardson ... The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Guide
Joan Collins ... Joanne Clayton (segment "And All Through the House")
Martin Boddey ... Husband (segment "And All Through the House")
Chloe Franks ... Daughter (segment "And All Through The House")
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Maniac (segment "And All Through the House")
Ian Hendry ... Carl Maitland (segment "Reflection of Death")
Susan Denny Susan Denny ... Wife (segment "Reflection of Death")
Angela Grant Angela Grant ... Susan (segment "Reflection of Death") (as Angie Grant)
Peter Cushing ... Grimsdyke (segment "Poetic Justice")
Robin Phillips ... Elliot (segment "Poetic Justice")
David Markham David Markham ... Father (segment "Poetic Justice")
Robert Hutton ... Neighbour (segment "Poetic Justice")
Richard Greene ... Jason (segment "Wish You Were Here")
Barbara Murray ... Enid (segment "Wish You Were 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 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!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuentos de ultratumba See more »

Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£170,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1972
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Markham had also played Robin Phillips's father 3 years earlier in Two Gentlemen Sharing (1969). See more »

Goofs

In the sequence "Blind Alleys", when William is shown making his way through the tunnel, the razor blades stuck in the walls repeatedly change from actual razor blades to harmless pieces of paper/plastic from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
The Crypt Keeper: Who's next?
[looks at camera]
The Crypt Keeper: Perhaps... you?
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Connections

References Outward Bound (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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A nice way to waste a couple of hours
9 February 1999 | by MovieFan983See 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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