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Tales from the Crypt

  • Drama
  • 1972
  • Freddie Francis
  • 88 mins
  • X

Summary

Five people lost in an eerie underground cemetery are told tall tales by a devilish monk, including stories of a demonic Santa Claus, the restless dead and a tormented blind man. Horror anthology, with Ralph Richardson, Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, Patrick Magee, Geoffrey Bayldon and Ian Hendry.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This excellent anthology of horror tales drawn from EC comics features Ralph Richardson as the crypt keeper who reveals a quintet of fearsome futures to a veteran British cast of terror troupers. Peter Cushing returns from the grave, Patrick Magee is a victimised blind man, Joan Collins battles a deranged Santa Claus, Richard Greene becomes involved in a variation on The Monkey's Paw and Ian Hendry can't get used to being dead. This faithful re-creation of EC's grim-and-grin formula is directed by genre favourite Freddie Francis, who adeptly leavens the vivid horror with serio-comic interludes for maximum entertainment value.

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Credits

Cast

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Crypt keeperRalph Richardson
GuideGeoffrey Bayldon
Joanne ClaytonJoan Collins
Carl MaitlandIan Hendry
William RogersNigel Patrick
George CarterPatrick Magee
GrimsdykePeter Cushing
James ElliotRobin Phillips
Edward ElliotDavid Markham
Ralph JasonRichard Greene
Charles GregoryRoy Dotrice
Enid JasonBarbara Murray

Crew

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DirectorFreddie Francis

Details

Theatrical distributor
Cinerama Releasing (UK) Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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