The Vault Of Horror

  • 1973
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Horror

THE VAULT OF HORROR is another so-so film adaptation of the marvelous E.C. horror comics from the 1950s in which five tales (none of them taken from the "Vault of Horror" comics, but from the sister publication, "Tales from the Crypt") of the macabre are presented. The first stars Daniel Massey (son of Raymond) as Rogers, who goes to visit his sister in...read more

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THE VAULT OF HORROR is another so-so film adaptation of the marvelous E.C. horror comics from the 1950s in which five tales (none of them taken from the "Vault of Horror" comics, but from the sister publication, "Tales from the Crypt") of the macabre are presented. The first stars Daniel

Massey (son of Raymond) as Rogers, who goes to visit his sister in a spooky small town. His sister, Donna (Anna Massey, Daniel's real-life sister), turns out to be a vampire, and Rogers finds himself strung up by his heels with a tap on his neck from which vampires fill wine glasses with blood.

Another story stars Terry-Thomas as a compulsively neat man who drives his wife (Glynis Johns) insane with his obsession. She eventually kills him with an axe and neatly stores his dismembered body parts in little jars. In a third tale, Sebastian (Curt Jurgens) steals a rope trick from India that

eventually spells doom. A fourth story (which contains several E.C. comics in-jokes) follows Maitland (Michael Craig), who embarks upon an insurance scam by faking his death from an overdose of drugs, only to be disinterred later by his partner (Edward Judd). The last segment stars the most

popular TV "Dr. Who," Tom Baker, as an insane artist who mutilates a portrait, the subject of which duly becomes mutilated in turn. The sequel to TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972), THE VAULT OF HORROR suffers from the same problems as its predecessor and is still no substitute for the comics themselves,

which were filled with a lively sense of the macabre, heavy doses of black humor, and impressive illustrations.

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  • Released: 1973
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: THE VAULT OF HORROR is another so-so film adaptation of the marvelous E.C. horror comics from the 1950s in which five tales (none of them taken from the "Vault of Horror" comics, but from the sister publication, "Tales from the Crypt") of the macabre are p… (more)

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