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Tales from the Crypt Details


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


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]


Freddie Francis
Milton Subotsky
Milton Subotsky
William M. Gaines
Screen Story
Johann Sebastian Bach
Featured Music
Douglas Gamley
Composer (Music Score)
Douglas Gamley
Musical Direction/Supervision
Teddy Darvas
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
Al Feldstein
Short Story Author