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Plot: Five people are trapped in a crypt and are shown their futures by the evil cryptkeeper. They are given the option of avoiding their fates - by avoiding living out the rest of their lives. Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 08 Mar 1972
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 <more>
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.
Just got the Dual Midnite Madness September 2007 DVD set. "Tales" looks great! (by MovieHistorian)
Finally. A clear, clean print of "Tales From The Crypt"! Fox did a nice job with "Tales". The movie looks very clean and clear on my 62" Toshiba HD television."Vault Of Horror" on the other hand is a bit of a mess. Very orange looking and a bit noisy. It is decent, but why didn't Fox do a good job cleaning "Vault" like they did, "Tales" which is an OLDER film by only a year?"Vault Of Horror", also is CENSORED. TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE on Fox's part. They put a big black cartoon over the shoulder of a vampire near Rogers <more>
Daniel Massey's head. It looks idiotic. What makes no sense is later on in another story, they show a man's pickled parts in jars they also do a weird freeze frame of a hammer to his head, which looks like censorship again , and later they show hands being chopped off. So why the other random censorship?Shame on Fox for that. The print of "Vault" is also kind of noisy and orange.Still, this set is worth buying for the great, clean print of "Tales".
Tales from the crypt is what every Horror movie should be like. All the stories had great plots, not to mention endings, and it had probably just the right amount of violence/gore to make it an official Horror movie. This is one of the best Horror movies of all time, I guarantee it.
"A classic Freddie Francis directed horror film." (by jamesraeburn2003)
*CAUTION - HUGE SPOILERS* Five strangers are separated from their tour party while touring ancient catacombs. In attempt to find the others, they end up trapped in an eerie crypt where they meet the Cryptkeeper SIR RALPH RICHARDSON , a sinister monk who shows them their grisly fortunes.AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE: Joanne Clayton JOAN COLLINS murders her husband on Christmas Eve for his life insurance but ends up being attacked by a psychopathic killer dressed as Father Christmas.REFLECTION OF DEATH: Carl Maitland IAN HENDRY leaves his family for his young mistress Susan ANGIE GRANT . As <more>
they drive off into the night, their car crashes into a ravine. Carl manages to struggle out of the wreckage but Susan is nowhere to be found. Everyone he approaches runs off in fear at the sight of him and when he manages to get to Susan's flat, he discovers that she was blinded by the accident and that he had died two years previously. Bewildered, Carl looks into a mirror and discovers that he is a walking corpse. Suddenly Carl awakens and it was all a nightmare, but then the car crashes exactly as it did in his dream and the horror begins for real! POETIC JUSTICE: Ruthless property developer James Elliot ROBIN PHILIPS feels that his neighbour, the kindly dustman Arthur Grimsdyke PETER CUSHING is an eyesore. However, his property has considerable land value and Elliot launches a smear campaign in the hope that he will sell up and leave. Instead Grimsdyke commits suicide after he sent him a number of poison Valentine cards, but a year on Grimsdyke returns from the grave to deliver a particularly grisly St Valentine's Day present! WISH YOU WERE HERE: Ruthless business tycoon Ralph Jason RICHARD GREENE is declared bankrupt by his lawyer Charles Gregory ROY DOTRICE . But Jason's wife Enid BARBARA MURRAY has discovered a statuette, which can grant three wishes. After Ralph is killed in a car crash, Enid wishes her husband alive forever and as a result Jason returns from the dead. However, his body has been embalmed and this means that he must live in eternal agony forever. Enid attempts to end is suffering by chopping him up with a sword, but this means that his suffering is only increased.BLIND ALLEYS: Selfish Major William Rogers NIGEL PATRICK takes over the running of a home for the blind. However, Rogers uses funds allocated to the needs of his patients for his own comfort. When his negligence results in the death of one of them, the other patients exact a nasty revenge, in which Rogers is trapped in a corridor lined with razor blades and is set upon by his vicious starved dog.After Rogers' fortunes are told, the Cryptkeeper informs them that he wasn't showing them the future, but telling them why they ended up in the crypt. The only exit leads into a fiery pit and they realize that they are all dead and are in hell as a result of their sins.TALES FROM THE CRYPT was Amicus's fourth portmanteau horror film and is based on stories from the EC horror comics of the fifties by William Gaines. Freddie Francis' direction is first rate as is Norman Warwick's camera-work, which ideally suits the comic strip style of the film. A star-studded cast does fine work especially Peter Cushing as Arthur Grimsdyke in POETIC JUSTICE, a touching performance which won him the Best Actor Of The Year Award in France. REFLECTION OF DEATH is well staged and shot in dark uncompromising colors. WISH YOU WERE HERE is a variation on THE MONKEY'S PAW, while BLIND ALLEYS is neat and suspenseful thanks to imaginative camera-work and good performances from Nigel Patrick and Patrick Magee as the victimised blind man. I guarantee that the way Francis shot this episode will have you on the edge of your seat! AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE carries a touch of sly black humor as Joanne Clayton's little daughter played by Chloe Franks gleefully lets in the psychotic Santa Claus not realizing the real horror of what's going on. All in all, TALES FROM THE CRYPT is unmissable for both addicts of the genre and for those who appreciate fine acting.Also of interest is the collectable novelized version of the film by Jack Oleck, which is well presented and good to read. Genre addicts will have a good laugh when they see the follow up, VAULT OF HORROR 1973 , in which that very book is used as a prop by actor Michael Craig in the buried alive segment. In the 1990's, the EC horror comics were developed into an American TV series entitled Tales From The Crypt only the crypt keeper was a horrific skull like puppet and a 1996 episode called Last Respects was directed by Francis.
E.C.'s most popular comic book comes to the big screen! (by Captain_Couth)
Tales From the Crypt 1972 was the first and best adaptation of E.C.'s most popular and beloved comic book. These tales were taken straight out of the original panels. Unlike the overrated and lame cable t.v. version that made a mockery out of the original source, this film from Amicus paid tribute to TALES FROM THE CRYPT in such a way that put's the H.B.O. version to shame.These tales were baffling, scare and mystify the viewers. They work well in the omnibus format instead of stretching them to fill a half hour worth of screen time. I also liked the original crypt keeper, he was <more>
more like the comic book character as well. I wish that they release this underrated movie out on D.V.D. It could find a whole new generation of fans. Stars Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, Patrick Magee and Sir Ralph Richardson as the crypt keeper.Highly recommended.
Great film. Remember watching it in the 1970's (by Nurse44)
The story starts with five tourists visiting underground catacombs in what appears to be a crypt. They venture off into a secret room where a mysterious robed figure appears. Through the five stories, he shows them what will happen if they go ahead with the dastardly plans they are about to endeavor. Joan Collins clobbers her husband to death on Christmas Eve to the sound of 'Oh Come all Ye Faithful' playing on the radio. She is then stalked by a not so friendly Santa Claus who turns out to be a madman intent on murder.A wayward husband dies in a car crash - but isn't aware of it <more>
yet.Peter Cushing plays a lonely old man who is hounded by his cruel neighbours. He returns from his grave to take brutal revenge on his tormentors. The really scary bit was the unforgettable Valentine's Card "You were cruel and mean from the start, now you really have no heart". Three guesses what the soft,lumpy body organ is enclosed with the card!A businessman dies in a crash, only to be brought back to life by his wife. However, he's been embalmed already. Ouch!And finally, there is a superbly frightening tale about a callous warden at a home for the blind. His inhumane behaviour leads him to a most horrifying end, involving lots of razor blades and a hungry Alsatian dog.
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 Joan Collins 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 cannot call the police since the body of her husband lays on the living room, and Joanne locks windows and doors. When she looks <more>
for her daughter, she has a lethal surprise. 2 Reflection of Death: Carl Maitland Ian Hendry 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 Peter Cushing is a good man that spends his leisure time with the children from the neighborhood. His heartless neighbor James Elliot Robin Phillips does not like him and destroys his life leading Grimsdyke to the suicide on the Valentine Day. One year later, Grimsdyke rises from his tomb seeking revenge against James. 4 Wish you Were Here: The dirty businessman Ralph Jason Richard Greene is bankrupted and his lawyer and friend Charles Gregory Roy Dotrice tells him that he must sell his real estate. When he tells to his wife Enid Barbara Murray , she recalls that they have a statue with the legend that it could grant three wishes to the owner. She makes the wishes with tragic consequences to Ralph. 5 Blind Alleys: The cruel Major William Rogers Nigel Patrick 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 revenge the bad treatment. Soon the five persons discover that they are at the gate of hell.In 1972, I was a teenager and I saw this "Tales from the Crypt" in the movie theater. I was very impressed with the tale "Wish you Were Here" but I did not know the name of the movie. A couple of days ago, two friends of mine gave me the chance to see this movie again and I would like to thank them."Tales from the Crypt" is divided in five segments: 1 "And All through the House" is very creepy and has an ironic conclusion. 8/10 2 "Reflection of Death" is the weakest segment with a deceptive story. 4/10 3 "Poetic Justice" is a grim and heartbreaking segment. 9/10 4 "Wish You Were Here" is an impressive segment. Ralph embalmed and burning for the eternity is unforgettable. 10/10 5 "Blind Alleys" is another sinister episode and the revenge of the blind interns is scary. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Contos do Além" "Tales from Beyond" Note: On 14 November 2013, I saw this movie again.Note: On 16 July 2019, I saw this film again.
This is a fantastic British Horror Anthology of five stories, linked together by Sir Ralph Richardson as the keeper of the crypt. There were several other horror anthologies from the mid 60's through the 70's. Many of them were just as good as this one. The film starts with a creepy church organ and never lets up. Sir Ralph preaches to the five guests in between each story. Each story deals out equal parts shock and horror. Some favorite British actors are on hand to lend credibility to the proceedings: Joan Collins, prior to her Dynasty days; Ian Hendry; Peter Cushing; Richard <more>
Greene; Patrick Magee and Nigel Patrick. The first two stories offer good shocks, but the second one owes a lot to the British film, Dead Of Night. The next two stories offer shocks and gore to spare, especially for the 1970's. The last one is very ironic, to say the least. This must have been a terrific drive-in movie to go to, especially in autumn when fog might roll in on your way home. *** of 4 stars.
"What's the point in staying up? You can't see anything anyway." Another great horror anthology from Amicus. (by poolandrews)
Tales from the Crypt starts with various moody shots of an English Church & it's graveyard all played under organ music as the credits roll. The Church & it's crypt happen to be a public attraction & the latest group of paying punters are being led around by the tour guide Geoffrey Bayldon , however five get left behind & in their search to rejoin the tour they stumble upon a crypt where a strange man Sir Ralph Richardson says they are all here for a purpose & starts to tell his Tales from the Crypt...First up is 'All Through the House', it's <more>
Christmas Eve & Joanne Clayton Joan Collins murders her Husband Richard Martin Boddey with a poker. Meanwhile on the radio it is broadcast that a homicidal maniac Oliver MacGreevy has escaped from a mental institution not too far away...The second story is entitled 'Reflection of Death' & has Carl Maitland Ian Hendry leaving his wife Susan Denny for his lover Susan Blake Angela Grant however their car ride to supposedly happy life together takes a macabre turn for the worse...Then it's 'Poetic Justice' which sees upper-class snob James Elliott Robin Phillips upset at his tatty neighbour Arthur Grimsdyke Peter Cushing who he believes is lowering the tone of the neighbourhood. James starts to ruin Arthur's life so much so that he commits suicide, however James hasn't seen the last of Arthur Grimsdyke...The next segment is called 'Wish You Were Here' & has businessman Ralph Jason Richard Greene being told by his lawyer Charles Gregory Roy Dotrice that he is pretty much bankrupt & owes a shed load of money. Ralph breaks the bad news to his wife Enid Barbara Murray that they will have to sell up, as they remember the good times they reminisce about a ornament they brought which supposedly has the power to grant three wishes. As a joke Enid wishes for lots of money & soon after her wish comes true but at a price she never expected...The final story is called 'Blind Alleys' & has Major William Rogers Nigel Patrick taking over the running of 'Elmridge Home for the Blind'. Rogers is just a penny pinching snob who uses & abuses his power with little or no regard towards the blind in his care, however it is not long before the tables are turned & revenge is delivered...Then it's back to the crypt for one last twist & warning...This English American co-production was directed by Freddie Francis for the British studio Amicus & in my humble opinion Tales from the Crypt is a highly entertaining five story anthology. The script by producer Milton Subotsky adapts five stories from the E.C. comic books & does a fine job of transferring them to the big screen from the written page. Each story is short, well paced, have decent character's, contain good twist endings & most importantly are lots of fun to watch. My favourite story is probably 'Wish You Were Here' as it has a nice dark streak running throughout & a motorbike riding skeleton although my favourite twist is from 'Poetic Justice' as a macabre Valentine's Day poem leads to the discovery of the leads cut out heart & a nicely satisfying punch-line. The first story is pretty good in it's own right I love the shot when a man is reading a newspaper & a splatter of blood starts to seep through the paper letting us know something nasty has just happened to him , the second story is probably the weakest & the fifth rounds things off nicely being faced with that corridor of razorblades is a pretty scary thought . The linking story with the crypt keeper is the weakest part of the film, Ralph Richardson just isn't scary & all the puns are missing that would make the intro's for HBO's TV series Tales from the Crypt 1989 - 1996 so much more memorable. Technically Tales form the Crypt is solid British film-making, having said that the film looks a bit dated these days with the garish wallpaper & just check out that groovy 70's phone in the opening story. There is some gore in Tales from the Crypt, there are some exposed intestines, a severed hand, a cut out heart & plenty of bright red blood. The acting is good & I actually think Joan Collins is quite hot in this... I think Tales from the Crypt is a great film & well worth watching especially for horror fans like myself. A sequel of sorts The Vault of Horror 1973 was made a few year's later by the same company again based upon comic book stories & is also a great anthology & well worth checking out.