My journey through movie anthologies has now led me to Amicus Productions' "Tales From the Crypt" and this one is probably my favorite (so far). Every single story here is a kick.
I think "...And All Through the House" which is the first story, is probably the weakest. It stars a sexy Joan Collins as a murderous housewife who gets a surprise from a maniac stalking her neighborhood on Christmas night. Collins gives a whirlwind performance, she goes from evil killer to vulnerable damsel in distress at a moment's notice. It was tough to get past the totally fake looking '70s blood effect, though.
The second story "Reflection of Death" drags a bit but, MAN!, did it catch me by surprise with it's reveal. I'll admit it. I jumped.
"Poetic Justice" was next up and the story featured a heart-warming performance by the awesome Peter Cushing. This one felt so much like a precursor to the "Creepshow" anthologies that followed later. The ending is pretty horrific but cool.
"Wish You Were Here" is my favorite of the bunch. I don't want to spoil any of this one but I will say that main character Ralph Jason suffers a terrible fate. And when I say suffers, I mean SUFFERS! Watch for some very shocking gore in this. Intestines, anyone?
"Blind Alleys" is demented and warped. Major Rogers, the director of a home for the blind, is over-the-top cruel to its inhabitants. The way that the blind men get their revenge on Rogers is methodically crazed.
The wraparound story has the main characters in each of the shorts visiting old catacombs. They become lost and meet the Crypt Keeper, who relays to them their death stories. It's a passable wraparound but nothing special.
If you like horror you need to see this. It's a classic.