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Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Milton Subotsky (screenplay), Al Feldstein (stories) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Richardson ... The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Guide
Joan Collins ... Joanne Clayton (segment "And All Through the House")
Martin Boddey ... Husband (segment "And All Through the House")
Chloe Franks ... Daughter (segment "And All Through The House")
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Maniac (segment "And All Through the House")
Ian Hendry ... Carl Maitland (segment "Reflection of Death")
Susan Denny Susan Denny ... Wife (segment "Reflection of Death")
Angela Grant Angela Grant ... Susan (segment "Reflection of Death") (as Angie Grant)
Peter Cushing ... Grimsdyke (segment "Poetic Justice")
Robin Phillips ... Elliot (segment "Poetic Justice")
David Markham David Markham ... Father (segment "Poetic Justice")
Robert Hutton ... Neighbour (segment "Poetic Justice")
Richard Greene ... Jason (segment "Wish You Were Here")
Barbara Murray ... Enid (segment "Wish You Were Here")
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Storyline

5 people come upon a catacomb and take the tour. After they get lost, they find they're trapped, and, they see The crypt keeper (Ralph Richardson). He asks them each to ree why they're there: (1) And All Through the House: Christmas Eve, Joanne Clayton kills her husband expecting to receive his insurance. She hears on the wireless the police are seeking an escape homicidal maniac posing of Santa. When the man knocks on her door, she can't phone the police, and she has a Christmas surprise. (2) Reflection of Death: Carl Maitland leaves his wife and children for his mistress. But something happens during their journey (3) Poetic Justice: the widowed janitor, Arthur Edward Grimsdyke is a good man who spends his leisure time with the children from the neighbourhood. His heartless neighbor, doesn't like him, and destroys his life leading Grimsdyke to commit suicide on Valentine's day. A year later, Grimsdyke rises from his tomb seeking revenge. (4) Wish You Were Here: the dirty businessman... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

DEATH LIVES in the Vault of Horror!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales from the Crypt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP170,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was shooting around the same time as Horror on Snape Island (1972) at Shepperton Studios. Both movies borrowed some of the sets to use in each movie, the cave set being one example. See more »

Goofs

In 'Poetic Justice' the neighbours are curious about Grymsdyke's dog constantly barking. And yet when they enter his house via the unlocked door there is no sight or sound of the dog. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Jason: [Revived to life, twitching and screaming in pain] Oh, Enid!
Enid Jason: [Yelling towards the front door] Charles!
Ralph Jason: Help me!
Charles Gregory: [walks in] What's happened?
[to Enid]
Charles Gregory: What have you done?
Enid Jason: I wished him alive again... forever!
Charles Gregory: Don't you realize he's been embalmed? His veins are filled with embalming fluid, burning into him!
Enid Jason: [Sobbing] Oh, no!
Ralph Jason: [Screaming] Enid, do something! For God's sake, Enid, help me!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In order to receive a cinematic "X" rating from the BBFC, a brief close up of a man's exposed intestines was removed. The same print was later released on video by CBS/Fox in 1988. See more »

Connections

Followed by Asylum (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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BRILLIANT
4 June 2000 | by Mykii Suicide PBFSee all my reviews

This film is brilliant and would be a brilliant double-bill with the Vault Of Horror (which is the un-official sequel)

The best stories are : The one with Peter Cushing as Mr Grimsdyke who gets his bloody revenge on the man responsible for his suicide, The one with Patrick Magee as one of the patients at a home for the blind who get their revenge on a selfish new owner, and the Monkeys Paw-esque one where the woman wishes her husband back from the dead and regrets it.

This film is surprisingly gory for it's time and some of the endings of the stories make you wince and think "Oh God, that would be really horrible" (especially the fourth and fifth ones)

a great film and probably the best of the Amicus horror compendiums

9.5 out of 10


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