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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
... Guide
... Joanne Clayton (segment "And All Through the House")
... Husband (segment "And All Through the House")
... Daughter (segment "And All Through The House")
Oliver MacGreevy ... Maniac (segment "And All Through the House")
... Carl Maitland (segment "Reflection of Death")
Susan Denny ... Wife (segment "Reflection of Death")
Angela Grant ... Susan (segment "Reflection of Death") (as Angie Grant)
... Grimsdyke (segment "Poetic Justice")
... Elliot (segment "Poetic Justice")
David Markham ... Father (segment "Poetic Justice")
... Neighbour (segment "Poetic Justice")
... Jason (segment "Wish You Were Here")
Barbara Murray ... Enid (segment "Wish You Were Here")
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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

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DEATH LIVES in the Vault of Horror!

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Cuentos de ultratumba  »

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Budget:

£170,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1972
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Hutton (Mr. Baker) and Peter Cushing (Arthur Edward Grimsdyke) died only four days apart: Hutton on August 7, 1994 and Cushing on August 11, 1994. See more »

Goofs

Just before Joanne 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

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: [cutting him off] For reasons of economy, the heating is turned off at 2000 hours. You should all be in bed by then. After all, there's no point in staying up. You can't 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 cost ...
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Referenced in Detentionaire: Tales from Decrypt (2012) See more »

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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
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Very good horror anthology by specialist company Amicus
19 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

The early 70's were golden years for the British horror industry… Hammer produced their last goodies, while there was another company who specialized in making the so-called `horror-omnibuses'… During a reign of approximately 10 years, Amicus brought forward anthologies going from nearly brilliant (The House that Dripped Blood) to very bad (The Monster Club). Tales From the Crypt surely belongs to their greatest achievements as well and it guarantees an hour and a half of delightful horror entertainment. Five stories are presented to us, and at least four of them have an above average quality level. (Sir) Ralph Richardson appears as the host. Disguised as the Cryptkeeper, he shows the unfortunate dead of 5 people who descended into his vault…

The film is based on a fifties comic book success formula, which also resulted in a popular spin-off series in the early nineties. The protagonists are always doomed and these tales show their regress into death… Each of the stories has its own, unique setting and atmosphere and, together, they cover pretty much all the favorite horror topics. Yet, 5 stories is a little exaggerated and therefore aren't fully elaborated…

Especially the first story suffers from its own shortness…It involves a bitchy woman (a stunningly beautiful Joan Collins) who kills her husband, but finds herself trapped in her house while an escaped lunatic lurks through the windows. This first story is pretty bloody and tense, and I wish it had been a little longer (if it were only to look at Collins some more…). The second story by far is the worst of them all and I feel they should have left this one out. The storyline has nothing new to offer and the acting is uninspired. Tale number three stars horror-legend Peter Cushing and he's the good guy for a change! Cushing is a lonely man who offers presents to the neighborhood children and throws parties for them…I guess this wasn't an issue in the seventies yet! Or was it? Cushing character is hated by his next-door neighbor, but eventually avenges himself. The fourth story is my personal favorite since it really breathes an almost unbearable morbidity…it's a variant on the famous monkey-claw myth, which provides the owner with 3 wishes. This chapter is really chilling and the scenery is great! It also has the best make-up effects and adorable twisted humor! The final story is very ingenious and chilling as well and it entirely takes places in an institute for the blind. The new manager introduces a whole lot of economy measures, while he's living a life of luxury. At one point, the inhabitants won't take it anymore and they show him what being blind feels like…


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