31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 28: Tales from the Crypt


Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Why I love it:

  • It’s a British horror movie that consists of 5 separate stories. 5 individuals are brought to some historic catacombs/crypt on their way to doing their dirty deeds. They are shown by the crypt keeper how their fate will unfold if they should decide to proceed. 
  • The stories are based off volumes from the EC Comic book series, Tales from the Crypt. 
  • Joan Collins is featured in And All Through the House–my favorite story of the 5. She kills her husband on Christmas Eve, then ends up getting attacked by this serial killer dressed as Santa Claus. 
  • My other 2 favorite stories are Poetic Justice and Wish You Were Here
  • I like movies that contain moralistic messages and karmic retribution and this one contains 5. 
  • Little do the 5 tourists know that they are already dead when they arrive at the catacombs. 
  • The Santa Claus scene in the And All Through the House story is the scariest part in my opinion. When he suddenly appears at the door and reaches into the house I always jump. 
  • In the Poetic Justice story, the old man is into the occult. He has all the tools from a crystal ball to Tarot cards. 
  • The ice-cold, heartless directer in Blind Alleys is so stingy and cruel that you can’t wait for the blind residents to get their revenge. 
  • The admonishment, “be careful what you wish for” is expertly exemplified in Wish You Were Here with the wife’s desires resulting in the death of her husband and the ultimate loss of her sanity. 
  • It’s a 70’s horror flick.
  • The fake blood (see And All Through the House) is the worst I have ever seen. It looks like children’s red paint. You’ll be amazed how this passed the scrutiny of the editors. 

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