Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Tales From the Crypt

Shown on the Horror channel yesterday, this 
British horror film was the fifth anthology feature 
from Amicus Productions, and was based on 
stories from the EC Comics series (1950-55).
The movie was directed by Oscar-winning 
cinematographer Freddie Francisco-produced 
by Max Rosenberg, and comprised five original portmanteau tales (titled And All Through the 
House, Reflection of Death, Poetic Justice, Wish 
You Were Here and Blind Alleysall written by 
Milton Subotsky. Three of these segments were
 later adapted for the HBO network's Tales from 
the Crypt TV series (1989-96).
Released by Fox in 1972, the film featured genre
 legend Peter Cushing (as Grimsdyke), Ralph 
Richardson (the Crypt Keeper), Joan Collins, 
and sixteen Doctor Who cast connections:

  • Geoffrey Bayldon (Guide here; and Von Hartmann in The House That Dripped Blood) played Organon in The Creature from the Pit, then voiced Big Finish's first Unbound Doctor for both Auld Mortality (2003) and A Storm of Angels (2005)
  • Martin Boddey (Clayton) was Walker in The Sea Devils
  • Robin Phillips (Elliot) was Altos (pictured) in The Keys of Marinus
  • Barbara Murray (Enid) was Lady Cranleigh in Black Orchid
  • Clifford Earl (Sergeant) was the Sergeant in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Feast of Steven, and Major Branwell in (episodes 7 and 8 of) The Invasion
  • Edward Evans (PC Ramsey) was Ted Moss in Image of the Fendahl
  • Peter Thomas (Pallbearer) was Captain Edal in The Savages
  • Tony Wall (Attendant) and John Barrard (Blind Man) both appeared in The Reign of Terror, as Napoleon Bonaparte in Prisoners of Conciergerie, and Shopkeeper (in episodes 3 and 4)
  • Robert Rietty (Newscaster) voiced Bedloe for Death Comes to Time
  • Bart Allison and Ernest C Jennings (Blind Men) both starred in The Romans (as Maximus Pettulian in The Slave Traders, and Man in Market in All Roads Lead to Rome respectively), and Jennings was also a Peasant in State of Decay (1) and a Rebel in Mindwarp (5)
  • Chris Gannon and Bartlett Mullins (Blind Men) were Casey in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and the Second Elder in The Sensorites
  • Fred Wood (Mortician) was an Extra in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Gerald Larn was a matte painter on both Dalek films too

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