Tales from the Crypt is a British horror film directed by Freddie Francis. It is an anthology film consisting of five separate segments, based on stories from EC Comics.
It was produced by Amicus Productions and filmed at Shepperton Studios , and is one of several Amicus horror anthologies made during the s. Five strangers go with a tourist group to view old catacombs. Separated from the main group, they find themselves in a room with the mysterious Crypt Keeper Ralph Richardson , who details how each of the strangers may die.
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She prepares to hide his body, but hears a radio announcement stating that a homicidal maniac Oliver MacGreevy is on the loose. She sees the killer who is dressed in a Santa Claus costume outside her house, but cannot call the police without exposing her own crimes. After cleaning up her crime, Joanne finally attempts to call the police.
However, her young daughter Carol Chloe Franks — believing the maniac to be Santa — unlocks the door and lets him into the house, whereupon he starts to strangle Joanne to death.
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After they drive off together, they are involved in a car accident. He wakes up in the wrecked car and attempts to hitch-hike home, but everyone he meets reacts with horror upon seeing him.
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Arriving at his house, he sees his wife Susan Denny with another man. He knocks on the door, but she screams and slams the door. He then goes to see Susan to find out that she is blind from the accident.
She says that Carl died two years ago in the crash. Glancing at a reflective tabletop, he sees he has the face of a rotted, hideous corpse and screams in horror. Carl then wakes up and finds out that it was a dream, but the moment he does, the crash occurs as previously seen. James Elliott Robin Phillips lives with his father Edward David Markham across from the home of dustman Arthur Grimsdyke Peter Cushing , who owns a number of dogs and entertains children in his house.
While both the Elliotts are snobs who resent Grimsdyke as blight on their neighbourhood, James strongly detests the old man enough to conduct a smear campaign against the old man: first having his beloved dogs taken by animal control although one of them returns to him , then persuading a member of the council to have him removed from his job, and later exploiting parents' paranoid fears about child molestation.
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On Valentine's Day, James sends Grimsdyke a number of poison-pen Valentines, supposedly from the neighbours, driving the old man to suicide. Exactly one year later, Grimsdyke rises from the grave and takes revenge on James. Ineffective ruthless businessman Ralph Jason Richard Greene is close to financial ruin. His wife Enid Barbara Murray discovers a Chinese figurine that says it will grant three wishes to whoever possesses it; Enid decides to wish for a fortune; surprisingly, it comes true. However, Ralph is killed, seemingly in a car crash, on the way to his lawyer's office to collect it.
The lawyer Roy Dotrice then advises Enid she will inherit a fortune from her deceased husband's life insurance plan. She uses her second wish to bring him back to the way he was just before the accident, but he is returned still dead. She learns that his death was due to a heart attack immediately before the crash caused by fright when he sees the figure of "death" following him on a motorcycle.
As she uses her final wish to bring him back alive and to live forever, she discovers too late that he was embalmed. She tries to kill him to end his pain but because she wished him to live forever, he cannot be killed.
She has now trapped him in eternal agony. Major William Rogers Nigel Patrick becomes the new director of a home for the blind who exploits his position to live in luxury with his German Shepherd Shane, while his drastic financial cuts on food and heating lessens the residents' living conditions.
Rogers gets his comeuppance after he ignores the pleas of resident George Carter Patrick Magee to both make the living conditions more bearable and later to get medical treatment for another resident, who then dies from hypothermia. Carter leads a revolt to subdue the staff before locking Rogers and Shane in separate rooms in the basement, and they then construct a small maze of narrow corridors between the two rooms.
After two days left to starve, Rogers is released and forced to find his way through the maze for his freedom, getting past one corridor lined with razor blades once Carter turned the lights on.
But Rogers finds his last obstacle to be a now-ravenous Shane and flees back towards the razors, only for Carter to turn the lights off with Rogers heard screaming as the hungry dog catches up with him. After completing the final tale, the Crypt Keeper reveals that he was not warning them of what would happen, but telling them what has already happened: they have all "died without repentance".
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Clues to this twist can be spotted throughout the film, including Joanna wearing the brooch her husband had given her for Christmas just before she killed him. The copyright owner, William Gaines , insisted on script approval. Peter Cushing was originally offered the part played by Richard Greene, but wanted to try something different and played the elderly Grimsdyke instead. Filming started on 13 September and finished in There's something about Crypt that makes even jaded viewers feel like they're kids sitting in their rooms late at night with the lights out, telling eerie tales with the aid of a flashlight.
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