A somewhat disappointing attempt to translate William Gaines's E.C. horror comics of the 1950s to the screen, TALES FROM THE CRYPT suffers from the flat direction of Freddie Francis, who fails to capture the gleeful ghoulishness of the comics. Richardson, as the Crypt Keeper, introduces
each tale from his underground lair (to which all the principal characters have been summoned). The first story, "All through the House," finds Collins being terrorized by a psycho killer dressed as Santa Claus. "Reflection of Death" features Hendry as a philanderer who was killed in a car crash
but doesn't realize he's dead. "Poetic Justice," adapted from one of the all-time great ...