Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tales From The Crypt (1972)

Directed By:
Freddie Francis

Summing It Up:
The original Amicus anthology based on EC Comics' seminal horror comic series. Five strangers find themselves lost in a catacomb where the Crypt Keeper shows each of them their horrific fate.

Quick Thoughts: 
I am a huge fan of the original comic series, and I am a firm believer that HBO's TV series of the same name is the best horror anthology show ever produced (Well, except for the 7th season... Yikes!). However, believe it or not, I had never seen the original Amicus films based on the comics. Well, I can now say that I have seen one of them - the other, The Vault Of Horror, will probably follow shortly.

Overall, Tales From The Crypt is a nice little anthology film. Of course, it didn't hurt that I was already familiar with most of the stories in it from have read them in the books or seen updated versions on the show. Still, it was fun to see the older productions; even if the clothing styles were often scarier than the stories themselves (I kid you not, one of them even features people wearing Shriners hats!).

The standouts here are the tale of the homicidal Santa Claus (And All Through The House) and the one where the cruel man running a home for the blind gets his just desserts (Blind Alleys). Again, I was probably biased more towards these because they were also two of my favorites from the TV series.

Bottom line: If you still have yet to watch this, do so now; especially if you are a fan of property.


3 1/2 out of 5


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