Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt (1972)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 8, 1972
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The first killer Claus may be the 'homicidal maniac' in a Santa suit who menaces Christmas Eve murderess Joan Collins in this British anthology horror movie inspired by the EC horror comics of the 1950s.

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TV Guide

Of the five tales "Poetic Justice" and "Blind Alleys" are the standouts.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The misanthropy of the Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror movies is strangely enjoyable, because it comes packaged within some gleefully perverse ideas.

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Lucius Gore

This film cannot be recommended enough.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Imaginative and solidly performed ensemble horror.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

A great anthology film with a grand performance by Peter Cushing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Original British horror anthology based on EC's 'Tales from the Crypt' which would eventually lead to the more well known US TV series and films.… More
Tim Salmons
An absolutely stellar horror film. One of the few that still creeps out to this day. Peter Cushing's Grimsdyke zombie is the greatest zombie in horror… More
Jason Calvin
I love the demented storytelling of Tales from the Crypt. I think it's great how they normally end with a character suffering for eternity as a result of… More
Aj V
A very cool anthology horror movie, all the stories are good, I really liked this movie. If you like horror movies, you'll enjoy this one.
Bruce Bruce
This film came from the Midnite Movie Double Feature Collection, and I believe this is where Tales from the Crypt got its start. Five people are on tour of a… More
Randy Tippy
A cool collection of macabre tales with a little something for everyone. Zombies, skeletons on motorcycles, Joan Collins, etc., etc., etc...