Tales From The Crypt

Synopsis: Five persons are visiting a catacomb following a guide and get lost. They find that they are trapped in a crypt and, out of the blue, they see The Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson) that tells five stories: (1) And All through the House: On the Christmas Eve, Joanne Clayton kills her husband expecting to receive his insurance. She hears on the news that the police are seeking-out a serial-killer posing of Santa Claus. When the man knocks on her door, she can not call the police since the body of her husband lays on the living room, and Joanne locks windows and doors. When she looks for her daughter, she has a lethal surprise. (2) Reflection of Death: Carl Maitland leaves his wife and children and leaves town with his mistress. However something happens during their journey (3) Poetic Justice: The widower janitor Arthur Edward Grimsdyke is a good man that spends his leisure time with the children from the neighborhood. His heartless neighbor James Elliot does not like him and destroys his
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Freddie Francis
Production: Cinerama
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Stay as close as you can, please.

In the reign of Henry VIII...

when the monasteries

in England were dissolved...

and the occupants tortured...

beheaded in public

or murdered secretly...

some went into hiding

to worship as they pleased.

It is the decaying bodies and skeletons

of these religious martyrs...

that you will see on your tour.

These catacombs are dangerous.

And I must warn you

to stay with me...

and not lose your way.

Please keep close together.

- My brooch!

- Hmm?

I must have dropped it somewhere.


Thank you.

Well, which way shall we go?

Well, it's a toss-up.

Let's try this way.

- Dead end.

- Sorry. Wrong guess.


[Door Scraping Ground]

Well, there's no way out of here.

Let's go back.

[Door Scraping Ground]

There's no way out there.

- Who are you?

- Where did you come from?

All in good time.

Look, how do we

get out of here?

- All in good time.

- I'm in a hurry!

It can wait.

- It really can't wait. I have an appointment.

- Sit.

All of you.

Please sit down.

Sit down.

I assure you,

I have a purpose.

What purpose?

Why did you come in here?

I don't know.

I was just driving by and...

something made me.

And what are your plans

when you leave here?



//[Choir Singing]


The best wife in the world.

Love from Richard."

And a big kiss.

//[Choir Continues]

- [Thudding]

- [Grunting]

//[Choir Continues]

Merry Christmas.

//[Choir Continues]



Mummy! Mummy!

Just a minute, darling.

Mummy will be right up.

//[Choir Resumes Singing

On Radio]

- Mummy!

- I'm coming, Carol!

- Carol, darling, what's the matter?

- Did Santa come yet?

No, darling, not yet.

You be a good girl and go on to sleep.

- Can I see him when he comes?

- We'll see.

Now you be a good girl and go to sleep.

Otherwise, Santa won't come.

- What's this?

- Nothing. Just a Christmas card from Daddy.

- All right? Good night.

- Good night, Mummy.

- Night, Daddy!

- [Door Closes]

//[Choir Continues Singing]

[Man On Radio] We interrupt

this program for a special announcement.

A man described

as a homicidal maniac...

has escaped from the hospital

for the criminally insane.

He is 6 foot 3 inches tall...

210 pounds,

dark eyes, bald...

and may be wearing

a Santa Claus costume...

taken from a shop

in Burley.

All residents of the county are warned

to be on the lookout for this man...

and to phone the police

if they see him.

We now continue our program

of carols for Christmas eve.


//[Choir Singing]

[Bell Jingling]


[Doorknob Rattling]

//[Choir Continues]

- [Grunting]

- [Screams]

//[Choir Continues]


## [Organ]


//[Choir Singing]


//[Choir Continues]


//[Choir Singing]


//[Choir Continues]




Carol! Carol.

Carol, where are you?

Carol. Carol!

Oh, no.



He's here, Mummy!

I let him in. It's Santa!




[Wood Poker Clatters]


I have no inten-

Hadn't you?

And you?

I'm on my way home

to see my wife and children.

- And then?

- Hmm?

And then?

And then?

//[Easy Listening]

- Well, I'm all set.

- Must you go tonight, Carl?

Can't you leave it

till the morning?

No, I'm afraid I can't.

My appointment's in the morning.

I'll have to drive all night to make it.

When will you be back?

I, uh- I don't know.

We'll have to see how it works out.

I'll, um- I'll phone you.

Did you say good night

to the kids?

No. I was just going to.

Good night, Daddy.

Good-bye, darling.

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Milton Subotsky

Milton Subotsky (September 27, 1921 – June 27, 1991) was an American film and television writer and producer. In 1964, he founded Amicus Productions with Max J. Rosenberg. Amicus means "friendship" in Latin. Together, they produced a number of low-budget science fiction and horror films in the United Kingdom. more…

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