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Tales from the Crypt (1972)

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 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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Five people come upon a catacomb and take the tour. After they get lost, they find they're trapped, and, they see The Crypt Keeper (Sir Ralph Richardson). He asks them each to see why they're there: (1) And All Through the House: Christmas Eve, Joanne Clayton (Dame Joan Collins) kills her husband (Martin Boddey) expecting to receive his insurance. She hears on the wireless that the police are seeking an escaped homicidal maniac posing as Santa. When the man knocks on her door, she can't phone the Police, and she has a Christmas surprise. (2) Reflection of Death: Carl Maitland (Ian Hendry) leaves his wife (Susan Denny) and children for his mistress. But something happens during his journey (3) Poetic Justice: the widowed janitor, Arthur Edward Grimsdyke (Peter Cushing) is a good man who spends his leisure time with the children from the neighborhood. His heartless neighbor doesn't like him and destroys his life, leading Grimsdyke to commit suicide on Valentine's Day. A year later, ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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DEATH LIVES in the Vault of Horror!


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Trivia

Peter Duffell passed on the chance to direct. See more »

Goofs

At the funeral of Grymsdyke his coffin can be seen lowering into the grave. However, a year later when he returns from the dead he rises directly from out of the earth. See more »

Quotes

Rogers (segment "Blind Alleys"): [notices his dog Shane is missing] Shane? Shane? Shane?
[his path is suddenly blocked by canes]
Rogers (segment "Blind Alleys"): What the hell do you think you're doing? Go back to your rooms, all of you!
Carter (segment "Blind Alleys"): [coldly] It's our turn to give the orders now, Major Rogers, sir!
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Alternate Versions

The 2007 Region 1 DVD from Twentieth Century-Fox contains some extra scenes when compared to the original theatrical and previous home video releases. At the conclusion of the story "Poetic Justice," previous releases showed the man beginning to open the bottom part of the Valentine's letter, it then cuts to him screaming and covering his face with his hands, and then cuts back to the letter to reveal a still beating, severed heart inside the paper. The 2007 release actually shows the heart when he opens the letter, his scream is heard off-screen, then it cuts to him covering his face, then cuts back to the shot of the heart as in previous releases except, the shot is slightly longer. In the story "Wish You Were Here," when Enid chops up Ralph with the saber, there is a shot of Ralph's exposed intestines which was not present in previous releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night Game (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
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A classic terror movie formed by five segments well realized and magnificently played
10 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A vintage horror film financed by Amicus from producers Max Rosemberg and Milton Subotsky with a Great British Cast and formed by several episodes full of creepy events , chills, thrills , gore and guts. It stars with five strangers visiting eerie and old catacumbas .Later on , they find themselves at a grotto with the sinister Crypt Keeper , Ralph Richardson , the mysterious host tells them how each of the strangers will die . As they receive fantastic visions about their future . And now ...who is next....

It deals with 5 segments titled: All through the house, Reflection of death , Poetic Justice , Wish you were here, and Blind alleys , all of them are filled with mystery , suspense , terror , grisly killings , twisted events and horrible happenings . The British star-studded results to be pretty good with a plethora of notorious actors as Joan Collins , Richard Greene who a bit later on he passed away at the age of seventh four ,Ian Henry , the great Peter Cushing as a widower who often used an ouija to talk with his deceased wife , Roy Dotrice , Nigel Patrick , Patrick Magee and Ralph Richardson as the creepy Crypt Keeper who shot this major role in a day . Most stories previously appeared in American comic books as Tales of Crypt from EC comics as well as in The haunt of fear. Colorful , adequate cinematograhy by Norman Warwick , shot at Shepperton studios . It was compellingly accompanied by a thrilling and suspenseful musical score.

The motion picture was well and professionally directed by Freddie Francis . He was an expert cameraman who photographed prestigious films such as The straight story , Cape fear , Glory , Dune, The elephant man , Night must fall , The innocents, Room at the top and Hell in Korea . He also directed some movies , many of them terror films such as Dark tower , Doctor and the devils , The ghoul , Legend of werewolf , The creeping flesh , Trog , Torture garden , The skull , House of horrors , The evil of Frankenstein , Nighmare , Paranoiac , The brain and directed Tales of the Crypt TV series , episode 2 season 7 , titled Last respects. Rating : Above average . The motion picture will appeal to terror movies fans .


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP170,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Amicus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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