A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
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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