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
in the segment 'Wish You Were Here', Enid wishes her husband back from the dead just as he was at the moment before he died. However, when he comes back, it is revealed that he was embalmed. That would have happened some time after he died. See more »
Radio Newcaster (segment 1 "And All Through the House"):
We interrupt this program for a special announcement. A man described as a homicidal maniac has escaped from the hospital for the criminally insane: he is 6 foot 3 inches tall, 210 pounds, dark eyes, bald, and may be wearing a Santa Claus costume taken from a shop in Burley. All residents of the county are warned to be on the lookout for this man, and to phone the police if they see him. We now continue our program of carols for Christmas.
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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 »
Amicus Studios, best known for their anthology films nailed it with this effort from 1972. With five solid stories to chill your bones, this anthology is one of my favorite films, bar none. The film is packed with a solid cast that includes; Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, Ian Hednry and Richard Greene, just to name a few. My personal faves from this anthology would be; All Through the House, Poetic Justice and Wish You Were Here, but all five stories are really well done. The Peter Cushing story is particularly touching, Cushing does a wonderful job of playing a sad man, mourning the death of his wife, in his story, which very much paralleled Cushing's own life, as he was still in mourning over the recent loss of his own wife. If you're a fan of the macabre, then you owe it to yourself to seek this 1972 film out, it is quite tame by today's standards as far as blood and gore go, but the chill factor is definitely there.
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