A clapper boy in British films while a teenager, Freddie Francis became a camera assistant and in the mid-1950s was an operator for Oswald Morris, the director of photography on John Huston’s Moulin Rouge (1953) and Beat the Devil (1954); he also directed second-unit footage for Huston’s Moby Dick (1956). As a director of photography himself, Francis worked for directors Karel Reisz (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1961, Night Must Fall (1964), Jack Cardiff (Sons and Lovers), and fellow Huston-alumnus Jack Clayton (Room at the Top (1959), The Innocents).
In the early 1960s he began directing but still occasionally shot films for such directors as Reisz and David Lynch. As a director, Francis has specialized in horror films, notably at Hammer, but also for producers Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky and the anthology films Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden, and Tales from the Crypt (1972). —allmovie guide
Toothless adaptation of some EC Comics tales with five people learing what brought them to the crypt. Not remotely scary save the first episode "And All Through the House" starring a sexy but evil Joan Collins. Otherwise a pretty disappointing effort from the usually reliable Freddie Francis. The pre-comics code originals were far scarier.
I've never been a huge fan of anthology films (horror or otherwise), but this has some fun moments. And Peter Cushing, who makes any film instantly watchable. I do actually like to watch the “All Through the House” segment (with a rather sexy suburbanite Joan Collins, and a very, very bad Santa), every year around Christmastime. :)
Despite some weak spots, a ripping horror anthology from director Freddie Francis. It gets off to a shaky start with a pretty tepid first entry, but really takes off with the other three - the final gruesome story is particularly memorable. Stylishly made, with a strong cast - including a rare and superb sympathetic performance by Peter Cushing.