Tales from the Crypt Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 22, 2006
Schlock dressed up with fine acting is still schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2005
Subtly disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 18, 2014
The first killer Claus may be the 'homicidal maniac' in a Santa suit who menaces Christmas Eve murderess Joan Collins in this British anthology horror movie inspired by the EC horror comics of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 29, 2008
A great anthology film with a grand performance by Peter Cushing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003
Atmospheric and chilling little tale(s) of terror.
| 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
Emanuel Levy
August 17, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Lucius Gore
August 12, 2008
This film cannot be recommended enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 10, 2012
Imaginative and solidly performed ensemble horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
November 24, 2014
The misanthropy of the Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror movies is strangely enjoyable, because it comes packaged within some gleefully perverse ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

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.

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
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