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The phenomenon of Tales from the Crypt seems to have no endings, only changes. This successful pun-filled style of presenting ironic horror tales had its beginnings in William Gaine's E.C. comic series. At one time, outlandish E.C. Comics were at the heart of a national furor over the "evils" of comic books, which were thought to lead to moral degeneracy. The big comic-book publishers were frightened into freezing E.C. out of their distribution network, which killed the business. This British movie was based on the Tales from the Crypt series, which spawned several subsequent movies (and many imitators), at least one television series, and a whole new wave of comic books. Released in 1972, this movie has five episodes based on Gaines' stories, each introduced by Sir Ralph Richardson as the eerily cheery Crypt Keeper. His comedic approach to the role was misunderstood at the time, as reviewers expected a more solemn approach to horror. In "All Through the House," Santa Claus is someone to avoid. In "Reflection of Death" it takes some people a while to realize the truth about themselves. In "Poetic Justice" death cannot prevent one man's revenge. The episode "Blind Alley" demonstrates a new use for razor blades. "Wish You Were Here" cautions against taking native artifacts lightly (among other things). Among the stars featured are Peter Cushing, Joan Collins and Patrick Magee. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast

Harry Locke
as Cook
Hedger Wallace
as Detective [Wish You Were Here]
John Barrard
as [Blind Alleys]
Louis Mansi
as Other Blind Men [Blind Alleys]
Manning Wilson
as Vicar [Poetic Justice]
Martin Boddey
as Clayton
Oliver Macgreevy
as Maniac
Robert Hutton
as Neighbour
Barbara Murray
as Enid Jason
Robin Phillips
as James Elliott
Susan Denny
as Mrs. Maitland
Ian Hendry
as Carl Maitland
Joan Collins
as Joanne Clayton
Nigel Patrick
as William Rogers
Peter Cushing
as Grimsdyke
Richard Greene
as Ralph Jason
Roy Dotrice
as Charles Gregory
Patrick Magee
as George Carter
Ralph Richardson
as Crypt Keeper
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Guide
Carl Bernard
as [Blind Alleys]
Chloe Franks
as Daughter
Clifford Earl
as Police Sergeant [Poetic Justice]
David Markham
as Father
Frank Forsyth
as Tramp [Reflection Of Death]
George Herbert
as Old Blind Man [Blind Alleys]

Crew

Freddie Francis
Director
Milton Subotsky
Producer
Milton Subotsky
Screenwriter
William M. Gaines
Screen Story
Johann Sebastian Bach
Featured Music
Douglas Gamley
Composer (Music Score)
Douglas Gamley
Musical Direction/Supervision
Teddy Darvas
Editor
Charles W. Fries
Executive Producer
Bridget Sellers
Costume Designer
Norman Bolland
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Saunders
First Assistant Director
Teresa Bolland
Production Manager
Art Stolnitz
Production Supervisor
Roy Ashton
Makeup
Al Feldstein
Short Story Author
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