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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Tales From The Crypt (1972) (UPDATED)
Title: Tales From The Crypt
Starring: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Sir Ralph Richardson
Directed By: Freddie Francis
Release Year: 1972
VHS Release Year: 1985
Distributor: Prism Entertainment
Box Type: Clam Shell
Catalog #: 1931
Released in 1985 in a clam shell by Prism Entertainment.
The first tale, starring Joan Collins, "And All Through The House" was adapted from the Johnny Craig story, "...And All Through The House..." from Vault Of Horror #35, Feb-March 1954. This story was also adapted as the second episode of the 1989 HBO Tales From The Crypt TV series starring Mary Ellen Trainor.
I personally feel the HBO episode of "And All Through The House" is much better than the Joan Collins version, especially the ending.
There are five "tales" in this film, "And All Through The House", "Reflection Of Death", "Poetic Justice", "Wish You Were Here" & "Blind Alleys".
My personal favorite is "Poetic Justice" starring Horror Legend, Peter Cushing. This vignette is also one of my top 5 adaptations of any EC story, be it from the Amicus films, or the HBO series. "Blind Alleys" is also a standout story.
The segments, "Wish You Were Here" & "Blind Alleys" were also adapted as episodes for the HBO series, both with alterations and title changes. "Wish You Were Here" an homage to "The Monkey's Paw" was adapted as "Last Respects" also directed by Freddie Francis and "Blind Alleys" was mashed-up with the similar story, "Revenge Is The Nuts", being renamed with that title.
This film was also released on VHS in 1989 from Starmaker Entertainment and in 1998 as part of the 20th Century Fox Selections collection.
It took until 2007 for this film to be released on DVD.
My scan of this also appears on the excellent website, VHS Wasteland to which I am a one of many cover contributors.(Cheap Plug)
Features previews for "Shock Waves" & "Dominique".