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TALES FROM THE CRYPT

Director Freddie Francis
Year 1972
Starring Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, Patrick Magee
Rating R
Run Time 92min
More Info IMDb

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Some people believe that SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is the finest Santa Claus slasher. Others prefer CHRISTMAS EVIL. Some even vote for DON'T OPEN 'TIL CHRISTMAS. They're all right. But they're forgetting TALES FROM THE CRYPT. This is a five-story anthology from Amicus aka the-British-company-that-is-not-Hammer. It's adapted from the legendary E.C. comic books of the 1950s and stars plenty of famous people, like Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, and Patrick Magee. One of the stories in the movie, "…And All Through the House," concerns a filthy homicidal hobo who dresses like Santa Claus and terrorizes a family on Christmas Eve. This is everything you could ask for in entertainment during the Christmas season. As for the rest of the movie? The garish, taboo essence of the original E.C. comics is successfully translated to the magic of the moovees, making TALES FROM THE CRYPT the most satisfying Amicus horror anthology that you'll ever see -- until we show the next one. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

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