Tales from the Crypt
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This British production looks handsome enough under Freddie Francis's direction, and for those who say they'd watch Ralph Richardson in anything, well, here's your chance."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Imaginative and solidly performed ensemble horror."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A great anthology film with a grand performance by Peter Cushing."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"A fun anthology movie, helped along by an all-star cast and the direction of Freddy Francis. Much better than a lot of the horror anthologies that followed."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Atmospheric and chilling little tale(s) of terror."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Unfortunately, the only style exhibited by Freddie Francis, who directed the film, and Milton Subotsky, who wrote it, is in their dumb appreciation for ancient plot devices, and especially in their high-handedness with other people's stories."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Of the five tales "Poetic Justice" and "Blind Alleys" are the standouts."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Schlock dressed up with fine acting is still schlock."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not as enjoyably over-the-top as the subsequent HBO series would be, but a decent British horror anthology."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"It's put together something like the comic books, with the old Crypt Keeper acting as host and narrator. In the movie version, he is played with suitable ham by Ralph Richardson."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This film cannot be recommended enough."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Subtly disconcerting."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"The tales vary on the fright front, with highlights including Collins as a psychotic housewife, horror menace Cushing on the receiving end for once, and a genuinely surprising ending."
‑ , Film4
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