Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Part of the Classic British Horror

Director: Freddie Francis
Certificate: BBFC 18
Format: 16mm
Language: English

The third in the Classic British Horror season, from the 1970s. A classic horror-omnibus from Amicus Productions – starring Joan Collins, Peter Cushing and Ralph Richardson.

Five unfortunate people find themselves lost in a vault with a mysterious crypt-keeper as their host. As each is told the story of their last moments, we look on in horror… DEATH LIVES in the vault of horror!

Based on a 1950s comic book series and a precursor to the early 1990s television series of the same name, Tales from the Crypt is a prime example of British horror from the 1970s. Everyone is doomed, but how…

See the trailer here.

Plus special guest: Professor Peter Hutchings, Professor of Film Studies at Northumbria University and expert in British Horror, will introduce and lead a discussion after the film. 


From the early 1960s to the mid-1970s, Amicus rivalled Hammer with its portmanteau horror-anthology productions. So, you get more for your money with these films – usually four or five stories woven together by a mysterious narrator and his doomed listeners.

As you can imagine, Hammer and Amicus get easily confused! Made around the same time, Amicus even used some Hammer stars, writers and directors. Amicus’s films are, however, contemporary in their setting, a little darker and play on the horrors inherent in man: greed, envy, pride, sloth, gluttony, wrath, and extravagance – yep, all seven.

Other films in the Classic British Horror:


Film: Hammer Horror's Dracula (1958)

11 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.

To start our Classic British Horror Season in style, we will screen the quintessentially British 'Dracula'! Brought to you by Hammer House of Horror in the 1950s, starring Christopher Lee as the blood sucker and Peter Cushing as possibly the best cinema Van Helsing! Don't dare see it…alone! Plus special guest: Cultural historian extraordinaire, Gail-Nina Anderson, will introduce and lead a discussion after the film.


Film: Peeping Tom (1960)

18 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.

The second in our Classic British Horror Season, from the 1960s. A British masterpiece, Peeping Tom is a psychological thriller/horror, which explores voyeurism and violence, Michael Powell’s extraordinary film is the story of a lonely psychopathic cameraman—his childhood traumas, sexual crises, and murderous revenge as an adult. Plus special guest: Ken Robinson, Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytical Society) will lead a discussion after the film


Film: Hallowe'en Double Bill Party

31 Oct 2009, 8 p.m.

October has been leading up to this… A double bill of horror to end the Classic British Horror Season and, of course, Hallowe'en!