Tales from the Crypt (1972) Ralph Richardson, Joan Collins, Ian Hendry, Peter Cushing Movie Review

Tales from the Crypt (1972)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Joan Collins in Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Joan's Caught Red Handed

As a tour guide takes people around a series of crypts a group of people not only find themselves getting lost but also trapped in a crypt with the creepy Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson). As the Crypt Keeper asks them questions we see their individual stories such as that of Joanne Clayton (Joan Collins) who murders her husband but has to deal with the danger of a serial killer dressed as Santa on the loose.

I don't know how many horror anthologies were made back in the early 70s but "Tales from the Crypt" is the third one I have watched and like the others it is entertaining. And it is mainly for the same reasons because whilst there is the ingenuity of how these stories end up coming together it is the variety in the stories which makes it not only entertaining but easy on the brain as the briefness of these stories make them easy to follow.

Now it has to be said that "Tales from the Crypt" is not the scariest of the movies when watched now and I am not entirely sure it was back in 1972 when it was released but that doesn't spoil it. The reason why is because the acting from everyone is on the over the top side with several of the actors chewing up the set. Take the first horror story featuring Joan Collins, her mannerisms are so exaggerated that it is on the comical side but that ends up to the enjoyment. And it is the same through out with others also ending up entertaining because of their varying ranges of being over the top.

What this all boils down to is that "Tales from the Crypt" is another, now fun collection of horror stories which whilst not overly frightening are entertaining.