24 October 2014

Tales from the Crypt (1972)
92 min.
Directed by Freddie Francis.
With Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry, Patrick Magee, Barbara Murray, Nigel Patrick, Roy Dotrice, Robin Phillips.
Superb 1972 Amicus anthology horror.

A group of five people are shown events in their lives...a time in which they committed evil acts. But are the horrid stories fanciful fiction or brutal truths from their own muddied past?

Best segment titled ...And All Through the House in which Joan Collins viciously kills her husband on Christmas Eve...and then finds herself stalked by a demented psycho dressed as Santa Claus!

Also of note is the vignette Poetic Justice starring Peter Cushing as a poor man who commits suicide...but returns from the grave for a little vengeance.

The other segments include:

Reflection of Death, about an adulterer (Hendry) who deserts his family - and then gets his just desserts;

Wish You Were Here, about a woman who uses a mystical Chinese figurine to get everything she wants - at all the wrong times;

And Blind Alleys, about a shameless manager of a home for the blind, who forces his wards to live in sub-human conditions, while he lives in luxury. That is, until his residents devise a cutting end for him...

Based on EC horror comics, this is a must see for both Amicus aficionados and horror fans in general.

Followed by the 1973 sequel The Vault of Horror.

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