An early classic horror anthology that inspired the TV series, this was -at least- better than ASYLUM. I love how the stories were told, each with a startling twist. Still a fine film and well done overall.
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.
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.
The first story's fun to watch (especially interesting if you've seen the TV version) while 2-4 are the standard paint-by-numbers efforts Tales from the Crypt was famous for both in comics and in the episodes: Bad person does bad thing so worse thing happens to them. The last story though breaks from that formula and offers solid acting in a tale with some genuine surprises. I think our heroes become our villains.
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. :)
Bloody good fun! Freddie Francis was a genuine visual artist, and this is the closest we have on film to a genuine pop art horror movie. The characters are drawn in broadstrokes (none of Duffell's subtlety), but the emotions are there: just outsized. Excellent colour and sound effects, and there's even Jodorowsky - esqe flourishes (an army of the blind, mystical pall bearers). Best in show: Magee and Cushing