Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Director: Freddie Francis

Writer: Milton Subotsky (Screenplay) Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, William M Gaines, Graham Ingels, George Evans (Story)

Starring: Ralph Richardson, Joan Collins, Ian Hendry, Peter Cushing, Richard Greene

 

Plot: Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.


Tagline – DEATH LIVES in the Vault of Horror!

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Horror Anthology

 

Story: Tales from the Crypt starts as we follow a tour group inside the crypt, when the five Joanne (Collins), Carl (Hendry), Elliot (Phillips), Jason (Greene) and Rogers (Patrick) get lose in the crypt, the Crypt Keeper (Richardson) entertains them.

Each one sees how they will die in a vision, showing us that they’re not so perfect lives will take a dark turn when they stop living the honest lives they have built for themselves.

 

Thoughts on Tales from the Crypt

 

Characters – Where this film is an anthology we don’t get too much time with each character, Joanne is a married woman with her own desires for life, showing a darker side after killer her husband on Christmas Eve. Carl Maitland is a married man that is planning on leaving his wife and children, he is involved in an accident which brings into a new lease of horror. Grimsdyke is an older man, he has lived with his wife in one home, with her passed away he wants to die in this house and must deal with the snotty neighbours that is trying to force him out. Jason is a businessman that has spent more than he has earnt forcing him to face bankruptcy for his actions. Rogers is the final story as a manager of home, he comes in with his strict ideas struggle to connect with the people he is meant to be caring for.

PerformancesBy being an anthology the stars only get limited time, Joan Collins gets the ball rolling as is good in her role with us believing how calculated her actions are. Ian Hendry is solid in his role, he is behind the camera for the most part making it hard to believe everything. Peter Cushing shines as the kindly old man that is getting pushed out of town.  Richard Greene is solid enough without getting too much time to show us what makes his character unique. Nigel Patrick does make this character one of the more unlikable with ease.

StoryThe story here takes us down the horror anthology line, we get to see five stories of five characters deaths, this does give us something different in each side of the horror scale, we know some are shorter than others with Blind Alleys and Poetic Justice being the stand out of the five stories. There is a big twist in the connection to the stories, but if you do know the TV show you will know the outcome. For a horror anthology this is everything you need without being to the extremes they go nowadays. Each short could easily become a longer film which is always positive.

HorrorWhen it comes to horror we sometimes get to best moments in shorts, anthologies give us a chance to experience different types of horror which will offer something for all horror fans.

SettingsEach film takes us to the world where the character comes from which shows us how the normal lives they live have the darker secrets.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are good through the film they show us what is capable with good practical effects.


Scene of the Movie –
Blind Alleys when the door opens.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some stories are too short.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good anthology for horror, it gets the best moments correct and keeps us guessing to what will happen to the characters involved.

 

Overall: Simple anthology.

Rating

 

 

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The Passenger (1975)

ogoDirector: Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer: Michelangelo Antonioni, Mark People, Peter Wollen (Screenplay) Mark People (Story)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff, Ambroise Bia, Jose maria Caffarel, James Campbell

Plot: A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he’s been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Long and Boring

Story: The Passenger starts with David Locke (Nicholson) searching for through a small town as he looks for a way into a country so he can report on the guerillas. Dealing only in cigarettes we follow David as he looks for a way in, and having little way of connecting with the people. David catches a break when one of the fellow guests in his hotel that has a striking resemblance to him dies leading David to steal his ID to help him cross the boarders.

David is reported dead himself leaving him with a chance to go undercover as this stranger who just happens to be an international arms dealer. David continues to travel the world to learn more about the international arms dealing community but as the story unfolds he finds himself getting himself into a deeper situation having to deal with all of the worst types of people.

The Passenger is a very sow moving film that really doesn’t go anywhere, all we seem to do is follow David as he travels around looking to make connection with the mystery Mr Robinson has but constantly coming up empty. I really don’t know what the point of this film because nothing actually happens and this film is 2 hours long. I am really disappointed with this because I thought this would be exciting. (2/10)

Actor Review

Jack Nicholson: David Locke is a documentary film maker who has been trying to interview the guerillas and when a guest dies in his hotel he ends up using his identity to go undercover in the world of international arms dealing. Having a chance at a new life David finds himself grabbing the chance and running away with the mysterious stranger only adds to his excitement. I was sold on on this film because of Jack but he does the best he can. (5/10)

Support Cast: The Passenger has a supporting cast that end up being the people chasing the David but I don’t know what they were after.

Director Review: Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo gives us a very slow moving film that doesn’t really pull us in. (2/10)

Mystery: The Passenger has a mystery but I don’t really know what it is meant to be. (1/10)

Thriller: The Passenger doesn’t pull you in and really does come off very boring. (2/10)

Settings: The Passenger tries using settings from all over Europe I think but nothing is made very clear. (1/10)

Suggestion: The Passenger is one to avoid it has very little happening and even with the star of Jack Nicholson doesn’t help the film. (Avoid)

Best Part: Nothing.

Worst Part: The Whole thing.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: I used to be somebody else…but I traded him in.

Trivia: The entire movie is supposed to have taken place in just one day, this is the reason that the film has no night-time scenes. Director Michelangelo Antonioni mentioned the fact in a 1986 interview, where he said “Actually the entire story takes place in a short period of one day, from early morning until some time before sunset.”

Overall: Very disappointing film.

Rating 10