Down an unassuming little side street lies an unassuming little shop, called Temptations Ltd.
It is advisable upon entering this shop to be honest, and not to lie or cheat the proprietor, no matter how much you may be tempted!
For if you do, something life threatening, or at least life changing will happen to you.
Shoplifting here carries a very high price indeed.
With this interesting and highly original premise, I think what follows are some of the best Horror short stories ever committed to film.
"The Gate Crasher" - a rather blood thirsty tale, in the literal sense, with David Warner and involving an Antique Mirror. One of his friends has the idea of holding a seance in the same room as the mirror, a very bad idea.
"An Act of Kindness" - a man with an unhappy married life tries to impress a down on his luck army veteran, by stealing an important medal from Temptations Ltd. A very bad move, which leads to severe family discord.
"The Elemental" - Ian Carmichael plays a fastidious and devious civil servant, who cheats Cushing out of the full price of a snuff box by substituting a cheaper price tag for the real one. As Cushing amusingly says as Carmichael's character leaves the shop. "I hope you enjoy snuffing it".
"The Door" - A young couple purchase a 16th century door, one night the young man opens the door and finds not the stationery cupboard that should be there but a mysterious blue room. And the room's owner isn't the kind of person you would like living next door to.
Interweaved between these stories are scenes of a dodgy looking character attempting to enter the shop, but hurrying away everytime a customer enters, he ends up getting the Point.
The morality of this film is a simple one, honesty is always the best policy.
If you like multi story British horror films, you may like these, I find them most satisfying and I hope you do.
Dr Terror's House of Horrors.(1964)
The House that Dripped Blood.(1970)
Tales From the Crypt.(1972)
Vault of Horror.(1973)
The Monster Club.(1980)