Tales from the Crypt Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
July 10, 2012

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.

Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 10, 2012

Imaginative and solidly performed ensemble horror.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 10, 2012

Of the five tales "Poetic Justice" and "Blind Alleys" are the standouts.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lucius Gore
August 12, 2008

This film cannot be recommended enough.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stefan Birgir Stefansson
January 29, 2008

A great anthology film with a grand performance by Peter Cushing.

| Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
August 17, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2005

Subtly disconcerting.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 21, 2004

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.

| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 10, 2004

Not as enjoyably over-the-top as the subsequent HBO series would be, but a decent British horror anthology.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003

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.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003

Atmospheric and chilling little tale(s) of terror.

| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 22, 2006

Schlock dressed up with fine acting is still schlock.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
May 9, 2005

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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