Tales from the Crypt ()

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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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The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
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")
Enid (segment "Wish You Were Here")
Gregory (segment "Wish You Were Here")
Rogers (segment "Blind Alleys")
Carter (segment "Blind Alleys")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kay Adrian ...
Mrs. Davies (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Bart Allison ...
Blind Man (uncredited)
Carlos Baker ...
Mrs. Davies's Son (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Carl Bernard ...
Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Dan Caulfield ...
Postman (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Melinda Clancy ...
Helen Carter (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Paul Clere ...
Maitland's Son (segment "Reflection of Death") (uncredited)
Sharon Clere ...
Maitland's Daughter (segment "Reflection of Death") (uncredited)
Hugo De Vernier ...
Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Clifford Earl ...
Police Sergeant (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Constable Ramsey (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Tramp (segment "Reflection of Death") (uncredited)
Peter Fraser ...
Motorist (segment "Reflection of Death") (uncredited)
Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Irene Gawne ...
Mrs. Phelps (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
George Herbert ...
Old Blind Man - Greenwood (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Ernest C. Jennings ...
Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Harry the Cook (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
John Louis Mansi ...
Second Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Stafford Medhurst ...
Mrs. Phelps' Son (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ...
First Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Bert Palmer ...
Blind Man (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ...
Radio Newcaster (segment "And All Through the House") (uncredited) (voice)
Helen Carter's Mother (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Secretary (segment "Wish You Were Here") (uncredited)
Peter Thomas ...
Pallbearer (segment "Wish You Were Here") (uncredited)
Graham Tonbridge ...
Pallbearer (uncredited)
Tony Wall ...
Attendant (segment "Blind Alleys") (uncredited)
Hedger Wallace ...
Detective (segment "Wish You Were Here") (uncredited)
Manning Wilson ...
Vicar (segment "Poetic Justice") (uncredited)
Second Mortician (uncredited)

Directed by

Freddie Francis

Written by

Milton Subotsky ... (screenplay)
Al Feldstein ... (stories) and
Johnny Craig ... (stories) and
William M. Gaines ... (stories) (as Bill Gaines)
Graham Ingels ... (story "Poetic Justice" & "Wish You Were Here" illustrated by) (uncredited)
George Evans ... (story "Blind Alleys" illustrated by) (uncredited)

Produced by

Charles W. Fries ... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Max Rosenberg ... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky ... producer

Music by

Douglas Gamley

Cinematography by

Norman Warwick ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Teddy Darvas

Casting By

Ronnie Curtis

Art Direction by

Tony Curtis

Makeup Department

Roy Ashton ... chief makeup artist
Joan Carpenter ... chief hairdresser

Production Management

Teresa Bolland ... production manager
Arthur Stolnitz ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Peter Saunders ... assistant director
Mike Higgins ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Pearce ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Helen Thomas ... set dresser
Michael Guyett ... scenic painter (uncredited)
Michael W. Moore ... prop maker (uncredited)

Sound Department

Norman Bolland ... sound mixer
Pat Foster ... sound editor
Nolan Roberts ... dubbing mixer
Mike Tucker ... boom operator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)
Gerald Larn ... matte painter (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

John Harris ... camera operator
John Brown ... still photographer (uncredited)
Trevor Coop ... clapper loader (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones ... focus puller (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Bridget Sellers ... wardrobe mistress

Music Department

Douglas Gamley ... conductor
Nicolas Kynaston ... musician: organ, Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor

Other crew

Penny Daniels ... continuity
William M. Gaines ... publisher: comic magazines 'Tales from the Crypt' and 'The Vault of Horror' (as Bill Gaines)
Paul Thompson ... production executive
Michael Walsh ... dog trainer: "Shane"
John Doran ... publicist (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 life leading Grimsdyke to commit suicide on Valentine Day. One year later, Grimsdyke rises from his tomb seeking revenge against James. (4) Wish you Were Here: The dirty businessman Ralph Jason is bankrupted and his lawyer and friend Charles Gregory tells him that he must sell his real estate. When he tells to his wife Enid, she recalls that they have a statue with the legend that it could grant three wishes to the owner. She makes the wishes and leads Ralph to eternal damnation. (5) Blind Alleys: The cruel Major William Rogers comes to the Elmridge Home for the Blind with his dog Shane to be the new director. He is very cruel with the interns until the day that they get revenge for the bad treatment. Soon the five interns discover that they are at the gate of hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines DEATH LIVES in the Vault of Horror! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Poetic Justice (United Kingdom)
  • Wish You Were Here (United Kingdom)
  • Reflection of Death (United Kingdom)
  • Blind Alleys (United Kingdom)
  • And All Through the House (United Kingdom)
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  • 92 min
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Budget GBP170,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Stephen King and George A. Romero considered remaking this movie together. Their work together resulted in a completely separate but similar film, Creepshow (1982). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Toccata & Fugue in D minor See more »
Quotes Father: [reading Arthur Grimsdyke's revenge letter written in the dead James Elliot's blood] "You were cruel and mean right from the start, now you can truly say you have no... heart".
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