Tales from the Crypt (1972)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Stories of 6 different people who “died without repentance”, and finally a warning to the audience in the end.
2) Wish You Were Here: The tale of a Chinese statuette granting 3 wishes to the owner but with severe consequences.
3) Blind Alleys: Blind residents took revenge from their tormentor using his own dog in the most brutal way.
4) Poetic Justice: Arthur Grimsdyke (brilliantly played Peter Cushing) comes back from the dead to avenge his enemy.
5) Opening Credits: Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach

 

 

CONS –
1) Out of 6, the first 2 stories were just passable.

 

 

QUOTE –
The Crypt Keeper: Who’s next? Perhaps… you?

Black Sabbath (1963)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) 2 classic tales of horror. The kind of stories we hear as kids around a campfire.
2) “The Wurdalak” offers a gothic folk-tale of a vampire without any plot-twists. However, the Technicolor cinematography, makeup, and music will give audiences enough jump scares. The scene where the dead child appears outside in the cold and begs to be invited in, is a textbook folktale sequence.
3) “The Drop of Water” is a Twilight Zone kind of story where the jinxed ring transfers the curse to the bearer.
4) Boris Karloff’s prologue and epilogue are funny and frightful at the same time. The final scene where his character breaks the 4th wall and unveils the tricks behind the camera is equally bizarre.

 

CONS –
1) “The Telephone” is neither supernatural nor horror. It doesn’t fit with the other two tales of horror.

 
QUOTE –
“Ivan: Mama, I’m cold. Let me in.”