A set still from Midnight Cowboy director John Schlesinger’s bleak Hollywood-as-purgatory period piece The Day of the Locust (1975). Pic by acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who also captured life on the set of Apocalypse Now, Alice’s Restaurant and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Running Time: 92 minutes
Who the Devil Made It: director Freddie Francis
Cast: Ralph Richardson, Joan Collins, Ian Hendry, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Nigel Patrick, Patrick Magee
Cinematographer: Norman Warwick
A woman is attacked on Christmas Eve by an escaped mental patient dressed as Santa Claus. Now imagine that same scenario, only the woman has just murdered her husband with a fire poker. That turn of the screw defined the worldview of EC Comics’ pulp horror rag Tales From the Crypt during its run in the 1950s. The victims of the macabre morality tales usually had it coming, an idea which extends to Amicus’ 1972 anthology film version. Unsurprisingly, considering this adaptation’s British roots, that comeuppance is often inflicted upon a member of the monied class. Continue Reading ›
Though it takes its name from EC Comics’ 1950s horror rag, the anthology Tales From the Crypt (1972) actually lifts its five macabre yarns from a trio of EC’s genre titles. Below you’ll find a few comics-to-film comparisons from the movie, which is one of the best of the seven portmanteaus that Amicus released during the British studio’s run as a rival to Hammer.