Tales from the Crypt

Middlesex: Amicus Productions, Circa 1971. Draft script for the 1972 British film.

Based on the comic book series by Al Feldstein amd William M. Gaines, published by EC Comics from 1950 to 1955. In a pun-filled style of ironic horror, told in a series of episodes, the film stars Sir Ralph Richardson as the cheery Crypt Keeper who spins tales about how various people have died. The episodes range in content from a creepy Santa Claus (starring Collins and Boddy, the first of the "psycho" Santas) to the consequences of disbelief in the supernatural. Several notable stars also featured in the various episodes include Ian Hendry, Peter Cushing, Robert Hutton, Barbara Murray, and Nigel Patrick.

Produced by Amicus Productions, chief rival to England's most powerful horror studio, Hammer Films.

The film spawned a sequel called, "The Vault of Horror" (1973), also composed of episodes based on the EC comics, and a third film, George A. Romero's "Creepshow" (1972), was produced as an homage to the look and feel of the prior films, without direct connection to the original comic book series. After more than a decade, the franchise received a television spot: the HBO series, "Tales from the Crypt," featuring a deathly and corpselike version of The Crypt Keeper, voiced by John Kassir. The film also influenced Ernest Dickerson's "Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight" (1995) and Gilbert Adler's "Bordello of Blood" (1996), but the subsequent films never matched the first for its full and chilling merit.

Set in the catacombs of a graveyard, shot on location in England.

Fuchsia titled wrappers with die-cut window in the British style. Title page present, undated, with credits for screenwriter Subotsky and publisher Gaines (EC Comics). 82 leaves, with last page of text numbered 80. Roneograph. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with two silver brads.

Lentz US. Muir US. Newman US. Weldon 1983.

[Book #135974]

Price: $1,250.00