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.
Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Crypt
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 the 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...
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