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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tales From The Crypt (1972)

Five strangers find themselves visiting some ancient catacombs where the crypt keeper (Ralph Richardson) reveals the background stories that brought them there. The group consist of a murderous wife (Joan Collins), a man (Ian Hendry) who abandons his wife and child, a snob (Robin Phillips), a bankrupt businessman (Richard Greene) and a miserly manager (Nigel Patrick) for a home for the blind. Directed by cinematographer turned director Freddie Francis and based on stories featured in EC comics TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR. A fine example of the horror anthology film, the stories are all well done with only the final segment about the home for the blind that goes on for much longer than it should. I'm still not sure why Greene's businessman is in the group since he was a victim and not a malevolent presence compared to the others who range from cold blooded killing to selfishly cruel. But horror fans should find this near irresistible fodder. With Peter Cushing, Patrick Magee and Barbara Murray.

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