Tales from the Crypt

Date: 1972
Director: Freddie Francis
Production Company: Amicus Productions, Metromedia Producers Corporation

Stars: Ralph Richardson, Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry, Patrick Magee
Location(s): London, Surrey

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An anthology film in which five people become trapped in a crypt and are told their fates by the Crypt Keeper.

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Lots of driving about and suburban house shots in this Amicus production. But first, to set the scene, how about Highgate Cemetery during the titles. Swain's Lane, London N6.

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More creeping about the crypts. Highgate Cemetery in N6. The cemetery appears in ‘Taste the Blood of Dracula’, ‘From Beyond the Grave’, ‘The Man Who Finally Died’, ‘Clegg’, 'The Abominable Dr. Phibes' and ‘The Body Beneath’.

In the second segment, Reflection of Death, Carl Maitland leaves his family to be with mistress Susan Blake. British Horror Film Locations identifies this as Wellington Close in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

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I share Andrew's hopes with regard to Capture 4 and photographed with same belief. (RL)

Carl Maitland (Ian Hendry) enters the lobby of Hillside, Susan's apartment block. Wellington Close, Walton on Thames.

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Andrew Bye provides this shot hoping that he has selected the right block as there are three identical entrances, this one nearest the road and likely to have given best access for the film crew. (RL)

Poetic Justice is the third story in which snobbish James Elliot and his father resent their neighbour, a retired dustman, and start a campaign to hound him out of the area. Queens Road, Hersham in Surrey as located in British Horror Film Locations.

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Guided by the vegetation Andrew Bye took this now shot from the other side. (RL)

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The neighbour, Arthur Grimsdyke, is a kindly old man who entertains local children and keeps a number of dogs. Almost opposite Stewart Avenue on Watersplash Road in Shepperton, Surrey. Identified by Simon Flynn in the book British Horror Film Locations.

Arthur Grimsdyke (Peter Cushing) waves goodbye to a group of children. Watersplash Road, Shepperton.

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Julian Manhood provides this view of the property now.

A neighbour, Mr Baker (Robert Hutton), cherishes his prize roses but after they are destroyed by James Elliott as part of his plan, Grimsdyke's dogs are blamed and taken away. Julian Manhood identifies this as Queens Road, Hersham in Surrey, just next door to the house of James Elliot seen earlier.

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Julian provides this comparison showing an extension added since filming took place.

Mrs Carter (Ann Sears) drives her daughter home after the Elliotts suggest that Grimsdyke is a child molester.

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Andrew Bye found the location along Queens Road, Hersham, Surrey very close to talcr005.

Another child is warned to keep away from Grimsdyke by his Mother, Mrs Davies (Kay Adrian), as the smear campaign escalates. Needless to say, it all ends horribly for James Elliott. Julian also found this property on Queens Road in Hersham.

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Julian points out that this property has also seen some major changes in recent years, although the chimney and small window on the right of the house are much the same.

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The fourth tale, Wish You Were Here, sees ruthless businessman Ralph Jason leave home to visit his solicitor. Alan Hoare advises that this is Pyrford Court, Pyrford Lane, Woking, Surrey. (RL)

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A Figure (Unknown actor) waits for Ralph to drive away. Pyrford Court near Woking located by Alan. The location features in 'The Omen', 'The Mind of Mr. Soames' and 'The Cat and the Canary'

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A Jensen Interceptor passes through the arch of The Bothy at Pyrford Hall.

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Ralph leaves the estate in his Jensen Interceptor. Alan Hoare advises that this is Pyrford Court in Surrey . . . and this is Gate Lodge.

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The Figure, later revealed as Death, begins to follow Ralph. Alan Hoare found Pyrford Court on Pyreford Lane in Pyrford.

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Death pursues Ralph and causes him to suffer a heart attack at the wheel of his car which results in his demise. More of Gate Lodge at Pyrford Court with Pyrford Common Road beyond.

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Major William Rogers arrives as the new director of a home for the blind in the final part of the film, Blind Alleys. Richard Lowe has come up with the location, Gordon House, Twickenham, now a private house. (RL)

The Major draws up outside the home. Richard Lowe solves the location as Gordon House, Twickenham and directs us to https://sites.google.com/site/kilmoreymausoleum/Home/gordon-house-today-and-the-tunnel for a full account of its interesting history. (RL)

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Julian Manhood provides this view of the location now.

An Attendant (Tony Wall) meets Major William Rogers (Nigel Patrick) at the door. To support Richard Lowes identification of the location have a look at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/history/maria-grey (RL)

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Finding a suitable point in the fence, Julian Manhood managed to capture the doorway.