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Fortress of Horror 14 - Tales From the Crypt (1972)

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30 Sep 2016 00:00 #235236 by Josh Look
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30 Sep 2016 09:31 #235237 by Josh Look
If I had to pick a favorite "new to me" movie for the 2016 Halloween season, so far this is the one.

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03 Oct 2016 07:59 #235357 by Mr. White
I've never heard of this movie and for the longest time while reading the review I was thinking this article was about the anthology film 'Creepshow'.

Creepshow is great. How would you compare them?

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03 Oct 2016 09:22 #235371 by Josh Look
It's funny you mention Creepshow, Egg Shen and I just saw that in a theater.

Creepshow manages to nail the EC vibe and feel like exactly what you'd expect given where it's coming from, Stephen King and the 80s George Romero. It's got a few creepy moments, but it's also very over the top and funny as well. Tales From the Crypt plays it totally straight despite some ridiculous situations and is thoroughly a _horror_ film. Creepshow will always have that one moment that will forever be with me, that part at the end of the last story with the roaches, while Tales From the Crypt has 3 of those moments.

TL;DR - They're both great, just depends on what you're looking for.

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03 Oct 2016 09:34 - 03 Oct 2016 09:35 #235375 by Egg Shen

Mr. White wrote: I've never heard of this movie and for the longest time while reading the review I was thinking this article was about the anthology film 'Creepshow'.

Creepshow is great. How would you compare them?


I love Creepshow and think it holds up incredibly well. Josh and I actually just saw it recently at a movie theater a couple of weeks back. It plays incredibly well in a crowded cinema. It's the perfect blend of COLORFUL visuals, gross out effects, eerie stories, twist endings, and a big over the top tone. The best way to describe Creepshow is "fun". It's a playful horror film, that gleefully celebrates the old EC Comic stories in a very respectful manner.

Tales From the Crypt is also incredibly great, but it is tonally and stylistically the opposite of Creepshow. Both of them are essentially doing the same thing, adapting old EC Comicbook stories to the big screen, but the way they do it couldn't be different. Tales From the Crypt is a much quieter and subtle film. What it lacks in crazy violence and madcap antics it makes up for with refined performances and seriously fucked up twist endings. Some of the stories in this anthology film really hit me hard. They're incredibly creepy and most go for endings that affect your heart/soul rather than gross you out. Though there are a few great scenes of gore, it's certainly not the focus. I think this was produced by Amicus and it has that classic 1960s British horror feel to it. It's a horror movie, but it's got CLASS. Peter Cushing is absolutely terrific in his story and that one alone is worth the price of admission. If you're a fan of Hammer/Amicus and anthology films you need to check out Tales From the Crypt.

Edit - Looks like Josh beat me to the punch lol.
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03 Oct 2016 18:16 #235430 by Michael Barnes
Yes, these Amicus "portmanteau" movies are a lot of fun if you dig the English horror thing. Tales From the Crypt is one of the better ones, but I actually prefer Vault of Horror. Torture Garden, House that Dripped Blood, From Beyond the Grave, Asylum, Doctor Terror's House of Horrors, Tales that Witness Madness...they all follow the same basic pattern (including one "funny" story each). They all have some absolutely dynamite British actors of the 1970s, too. Amicus was sort of Hammer's competitor at the time, but they focused more on these kinds of films and contemporary settings. So lots of English sideburns and terrible wallpaper. Good stuff, I'm going to dig all of my DVDs out tonight.

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