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.
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. :)
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.