Tales from the Crypt

1972

Horror

19
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 0 10 0

Synopsis


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Cast

Joan Collins as Joanne Clayton
Peter Cushing as Arthur Edward Grimsdyke
Roy Dotrice as Charles Gregory
Ralph Richardson as The Crypt Keeper
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jadavix 7 / 10

The first and possibly the best "Tales from the Crypt" movie

Amicus Productions' 1972 movie "Tales from the Crypt" is a superior example of the horror anthology film that would become most popular with '80s films like "Creepshow".

It's also possibly the best movie that was associated with the "Tales from the Crypt" brand name, though only two of its stories were taken from that comic book series: the other three were from "Vault of Horror".

The framing story involves a group of tourists who get lost in some catacombs and meet the Crypt Keeper, who in this movie is about as far from the wise-cracking, shrill voiced zombie puppet from the TV show as can possibly be. He is played by the splendid eccentric stage actor, Ralph Richardson, as a spooky monk.

The Crypt Keeper tells the tourists stories about how they may die. A lady, played by Joan Collins, kills her husband on Christmas Eve, only to have her daughter let an escaped mental patient in the house because he's dressed like Santa Claus. A man abandons his family to be with his mistress, but then is involved in a car crash he is lucky enough to survive - or does he? An elderly man, played by Peter Cushing in an unusual, standout role for him, has a smear campaign conducted against him by snobbish neighbours, a businessman finds a Chinese figurine that grants wishes - but at deadly cost - and an incompetent manager of a home for the blind cuts cost for the men under his care, leading them to take revenge.

The movie then has a final twist, which I admit I did not see coming.

Some of the stories here are quite memorable, particularly the first, with Joan Collins, and the third, with Peter Cushing. The rest may not quite measure up to that standard, but they are never less than entertaining and well put together, meaning that Amicus's "Tales from the Crypt" is one of the best horror anthology films ever made.

Reviewed by Sam Panico 10 / 10

My favorite movie ever?

Five people are part of a tour of old catacombs, yet get separated from everyone else. They find themselves in the company of the Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?), who looks nothing like the character from the E.C. Comics or the later HBO series. He begins to tell each of them how they came to be in his chambers.

...And All Through the House (based on Vault of Horror #35)

Joanne Clayton (Joan Collins, Empire of the Ants, I Don't Want to Be Born) has murdered his husband on Christmas Eve. Yet even as she hides the body - scrubbing impossibly crimson blood from her immaculate white fur carpet - a killer dressed as Santa Claus is stalking her. If she calls the police, they'll discover her crime. If she doesn't, she's dead.

Her daughter (Chloe Franks, who is wonderful in another Amicus anthology, The House That Dripped Blood, which we covered on one of our first podcasts) thinks that the killer is Santa and lets him in. Not the best of ideas, as he's soon chasing Joanna all over the house.

Reflection of Death (based on Tales from the Crypt #23)



Carl Maitland (Ian Hendry, Theater of Blood) has left his family to be with his lover, Susan. That said, as they drive away, they are in an accident and no one will stop to help him after he awakens. His wife is already with another man. Susan is blind and claims he died two years ago. And by the time he figures out the truth, it's too late.



Poetic Justice (The Haunt of Fear #12)



Edward and James Elliott hate their neighbor Arthur Grimsdyke (Peter Cushing is absolutely perfect in this role and if you don't know who he is, I recommend that you shut down your computer and weep), who has plenty of dogs and loves to entertain the neighborhood's children. They take his dogs from him, they get him fired from his job and finally convince the parents that he's a child molester. A widower who speaks to his wife even after death, Grimsdyke can take no more after James sends his mean-spirited Valentines, signing the name of every neighbor. But one year later, Grimsdyke rises from the dead and sends Edward a very personal Valentine's Day card with the help of his son's still beating heart.

This part is perfect. From the scorn of the rich toward the poor to Cushing's emotional pain (he was reeling from the death of his beloved wife Violet Helene Beck and had even tried to give himself a heart attack by repeatedly running stairs in his home, hoping to find a way back to her) and his rise from the earth, this is everything horror movies should be.

Wish You Were Here (The Haunt of Fear #22)



A retelling of The Monkey's Paw, this story finds businessman Ralph Jason (near bankruptcy when his wife Enid finds a Chinese figure that will give three wishes. The first, for money, comes true when she gets Ralph's insurance money after he dies in a car crash. Her second is to bring him back exactly as he was before the accident, but she learns that he had a heart attack upon seeing a skeletal motorcycle rider. Finally, she wishes for him to come back alive and to live forever, but as he's already been embalmed, he awakens to horrifying pain. Even after she chops him up, he remains alive.



Blind Alleys (Tales from the Crypt #46)

Major William Rogers is the new director of the home for the blind, but he immediately cuts the budget. The men must now deal with constant cold and a lack of food while he lives the high life with his German shepherd. The blind men rise up and turn the tables, putting Rogers in a maze where he is blinded, bloodied and finally murdered by his own dog.

The Crypt Keeper then reveals that this isn't what may happen. It has already happened and he is there to send them all to Hell. He looks directly at the viewer, breaking the fourth wall and asks, "And now... who is next? Perhaps you?" This ending would be recycled for several Amicus films but gets me every single time.

Reviewed by sbijapure 2 / 10

slow paced movie.

This is a collection of five different stories. All of them are so slow paced that you tend to go to sleep. It is slow paced even for the 1970s standard. No horrible getup is used anywhere though the poster shows a horrible skull with a single eye. Even the music is dull. A waste of time. Good actors are wasted. Though the movie is about "as you sow so you reap", in the fourth story, we wonder if the protagonist really deserved what he got.

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