Tales from the Crypt (1972)
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The phenomenon of Tales from the Crypt seems to have no endings, only changes. This successful pun-filled style of presenting ironic horror tales had its beginnings in William Gaine's E.C. comic series. At one time, outlandish E.C. Comics were at the heart of a national furor over the "evils" of comic books, which were thought to lead to moral degeneracy. The big comic-book publishers were frightened into freezing E.C. out of their distribution network, which killed the business. This British
Mar 8, 1972 Wide
Sep 11, 2007
Hugo de Vernier
Police Sergeant [Poe...
Mr. Ramsay [Poetic J...
Mrs. Carter [Poetic ...
Detective [Wish You ...
Tramp [Reflection Of...
Old Blind Man [Blind...
John Louis Mansi
Other Blind Men [Bli...
Attendant [Blind All...
Vicar [Poetic Justic...
Pallbearer [Wish You...
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This British production looks handsome enough under Freddie Francis's direction, and for those who say they'd watch Ralph Richardson in anything, well, here's your chance.
Unfortunately, the only style exhibited by Freddie Francis, who directed the film, and Milton Subotsky, who wrote it, is in their dumb appreciation for ancient plot devices, and especially in their high-handedness with other people's stories.
It's put together something like the comic books, with the old Crypt Keeper acting as host and narrator. In the movie version, he is played with suitable ham by Ralph Richardson.
A great anthology film with a grand performance by Peter Cushing.
A fun anthology movie, helped along by an all-star cast and the direction of Freddy Francis. Much better than a lot of the horror anthologies that followed.
Not as enjoyably over-the-top as the subsequent HBO series would be, but a decent British horror anthology.
The tales vary on the fright front, with highlights including Collins as a psychotic housewife, horror menace Cushing on the receiving end for once, and a genuinely surprising ending.
Atmospheric and chilling little tale(s) of terror.
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