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Tales from the Crypt Details

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The phenomenon of [[Feature~V175390~Tales from the Crypt~talesfromthecrypt[tvseries]]] seems to have no endings, only changes. This successful pun-filled style of presenting ironic horror tales had its beginnings in [[Performer~P25533~William Gaine's~williammgaines]] 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 [[Feature~V175390~Tales from the Crypt~talesfromthecrypt[tvseries]]] 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 [[Performer~P60087~Ralph Richardson~ralphrichardson]] 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 [[Performer~P16338~Peter Cushing~petercushing]], [[Performer~P14235~Joan Collins~joancollins]] and [[Performer~P44560~Patrick Magee~patrickmagee]]. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast

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

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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