Tales from the Amicus Crypt | The Documentary
Death Lives in the Vault of Horror!
Directed with finesse by Freddie Francis, this 1972 British creeper was the fourth horror anthology to come from Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenburg’s Amicus outfit, and it remains a classic of its kind thanks to the sterling performances of an all-star cast and the inventive and macabre collection of stories, inspired by the original EC Comics, which still have the power to chill.
For me, this is one I re-watch every Christmas, because the first story is so fittingly seasonal…
In some unidentified catacombs somewhere in Englans, five strangers meet the mysterious Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson), who reveals how each will die…
• And All Through the House After Joanne Clayton (Joan Collins) kills her husband on Christmas Eve, she prepares to hide his body but hears a radio announcement stating that a homicidal maniac (Oliver MacGreevy) is on the loose.
• Reflection of Death Carl Maitland (Ian Hendry) abandons his family to be with Susan Blake (Angela Grant). After they drive off together, they are involved in a car accident. He wakes up in the wrecked car and attempts to hitchhike home but, no one will stop for him.
• Poetic Justice Edward Elliott (David Markham) and his son James (Robin Phillips) are a snobbish pair who resent their neighbour, retired garbage man Arthur Grymsdyke (Peter Cushing) who owns a number of animals and entertains children at his house.
• Wish You Were Here Businessman Ralph Jason (Richard Greene) is close to financial ruin. His wife Enid (Barbara Murray) discovers a Chinese figurine and wishes for a fortune.
• Blind Alleys Major William Rogers (Nigel Patrick), the new director of a home for the blind, makes drastic financial cuts, reducing heat and rationing food for the residents, while he lives in luxury with Shane, his Belgian Malinois.
The Blu-ray of Tales from the Crypt was released in October 2015 in the UK through Final Cut Entertainment and featured a engaging 35-minute documentary directed by Hammer historian Marcus Hearn and featuring interviews with the likes of Jonathan Rigby, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Chibnall.
Here it is in full for your enjoyment…
Posted on December 25, 2015, in British Film, Cult Film News, Hammer-Amicus-Tigon, Horror, Must See and tagged Amicus portmanteau films, Final Cut Entertainment, Hammer-Amicus-Tigon, Horror, Ian Hendry, Joan Collins, Marcus Hearn, Must See, Nigel Patrick, Peter Cushing, Richard Greene, Tales From the Crypt. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.