Five people are trapped in a crypt and are shown their futures by the evil cryptkeeper. They are given the option of avoiding their fates – by avoiding living out the rest of their lives.
I this gem at summer camp in the 1980s and it terrfied me . . . not necessarily campy like the HBO series, but certainly compelling . . . includes the evil Santa storyline later adapted by Zemeckis for HBO . . .
entertaining for its time, but I would rather watch the HBO series instead.
a great movie dont miss it
This wasn’t bad. It has interesting tales of caution and revenge that feature murderers, a curse, and one or two zombies. Not as fun as modern “Tales from the crypt” t.v shows or movies, but worth seeing.
First there was the comics. Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror ect…Then came the first motion picture based on the comics from the U.K. and Director Freddie Francis. 1972′s Tales From The Crypt.
First a lot of people did not know that the comics and this film Inspired Stephen King and George Romero’s Creepshow and The Hit HBO series of the same name along with Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood and countless other. But enough of what you if your reading this probably already know.
5 strangers mysteriously arrive at a eerie underground system of catacombs and become separated from the rest of the tourist only to encounter “The Crypt Keeper” (Sir Ralph Richardson). There he explains to each of the five why they are there, in 5 different tales. Each of the five have something to hide and The Crypt Keeper knows it. Not to give away the ending but the Keeper may have ulterior motives.
In the first Joan Collins murders her husband on Christmas Eve to cash in on a large insurance policy. While cleaning up the blood and attempting to make his death look like an accident. A radio announces that a homicidal manic has escaped from the asylum dressed in a Santa Clause outfit. You can pretty much bet he will be paying her a visit. In the second tale a man abandons his family to run off with his mistress. After awakening from a nightmare while his new love is driving, they are involved in a horrible car accident and he walks away to find help. Only why are the people he meets or flags down avoiding him like the plague? In the third, a pair of snobbish neighbors hate their sweet elderly neighbor (Peter Cushing) so much they devise a scheme to get him to move. Culminating in a plot to send their already severely depressed neighbor Valentines day cards from seemingly everybody in town. The problem is Grimsdyke (the neighbor) won’t move no matter what. This is possibly the best or second best of the five. The fourth is simply a retelling of the horror classic short story “The Monkeys Paw.” As in the short story, be careful what you wish for as you may just get it. My least favorite of the five. Finally, we come to the best or a tie for first or second place in the film. A new director takes charge of a home for the blind. Using military tactics by rationing the food and heating during a very cold winter. When a patient dies of either the flu or phneumonia the other blind residents seek a retribution that would make Jigsaw envious.
This is a superb classic film that doesn’t rely on jumps or gore to get it’s point across. The stories in themselves are all classics. In one way or the other and while not scary today as it would have been in 1972. It provided the way for other’s to follow and some of the stories do send a chill down my spine even today. Esp. the motive of the Crypt Keeper. When one of the 5 guests ask him “why are we here” his reply being “All in good time!”
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