The Vault of Horror


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The Vault of Horror (1973) download yts

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Tom Baker as Moore
Glynis Johns as Eleanor
Denholm Elliott as Diltant
Dawn Addams as Inez
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Reviewed by hkchris 10 / 10

"An underrated horror omnibus from Amicus!"

As far as anthology films go, it's hard to beat this one. It's got a great early 70's campiness about it that gets better each time I watch it. It not the easiest film to find (I've only seen it at ONE video store in the midwest US) and if you do track it down on the old Nostalgia Merchant label it's cut. There are quite a few scenes out of place and some cut altogether (most notably the "vampire sequence"). It's too bad Fox couldn't pick this up and distribute it along with "Tales From The Crypt". Overall, I highly recommend this film and suggest getting your hands on a UNCUT Japanese import.

Reviewed by ShadeGrenade 9 / 10

From The Crypt To The Vault

Five men enter an elevator in a London building. Instead of taking them to the ground floor, it whisks them to a basement, where they become hopelessly trapped. While they wait to be rescued, they pass the time by telling each other their most recent ( and strange ) dreams.

Rogers ( Daniel Massey ) tracks down his missing sister to a strange town and kills her. She had recently inherited the family fortune, which he wants for himself. But he did not know that she had become a vampire...

Critchit ( Terry-Thomas ), a man of fastidious habits and with an obsession for neatness, marries the lovely Eleanor ( Glynis Johns ). His constant complaining about her untidiness drives her mad, and he winds up inside his collection of storage jars...

Sebastian ( Curt Jurgens ) is a professional stage magician. After seeing the Indian Rope Trick for himself, he is impressed sufficiently to want it for his own act and resorts to murder. He now has enough rope to hang himself...

Maitland ( Michael Craig ) comes up with the perfect insurance scam. He takes a drug designed to simulate a heart attack, and then arranges for a friend ( Edward Judd ) to collect the money, then go the cemetery where he is buried and dig him up. But the unexpected intervention of a pair of medical students causes him to lose his head...

Moore ( Tom Baker ) is an artist who acquires voodoo powers in Haiti. From now on, anything he paints comes magically to life. Returning to London, he uses this ability to avenge himself on the three art dealers/critics who swindled him out of a fortune...

One year after the financially successful 'Tales From The Crypt', Amicus were back with more weird tales from the E.C. Comics' back catalogue, all vividly brought to life by a fine British ( apart from Curt Jurgens ) cast. With the likes of Arthur Mullard ( as a gravedigger ), Tommy Godfrey, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, and Terry-Thomas around, it is fair to say that this is hardly 'The Exorcist' ( which also opened that year ) though.

What it is is an entertaining horror picture boasting good stories and nice black comedy touches. The casting of Nedwell and Davies as medical students was in itself a joke, as they were known for their roles as 'Dr.Duncan Waring' and 'Dr.Dick Stuart-Clark' in I.T.V.'s 'Doctor' series. For copyright reasons, they had to be renamed 'Tom' and 'Jerry'! ( why didn't Hanna Barbera kick up a stink about that? ). When Steve Coogan did a spoof of this movie for his 'Dr.Terrible's House Of Horrible' show a few years back, it fell flat because the original was funny to start with.

Logic occasionally goes out of the window. Why does Maitland so implicitly trust his friend to dig him up out of the grave? Why does Rogers have a meal in a restaurant only a few yards from the spot where he just killed his sister? Why does the air in Moore's safe take so long to run out? Answers on a headstone please.

The cast are, as one would expect, marvellous. Tom Baker is suitably menacing in one of his last roles before putting on his scarf and hat to become the fourth 'Dr.Who'. Terry-Thomas is hilarious as the ever-so neat and tidy Critchit, a sort of English 'Felix Ungar' from 'The Odd Couple'. Distinguished thesps Denholm Elliott and Terence Alexander are also around. The late Daniel Massey appears opposite his real-life sister Anna, a neat bit of novelty casting Amicus pulled off again in 1975 when 'From Beyond The Grave' teamed Donald Pleasence with daughter Angela. Getting top-draw actors to commit themselves to a few days' filming worked a treat and was preferable ( in my eyes, at least ) to watching talentless teenagers pretending to be scared by a loony in a fright mask.

'Vault' has for a long time played on television in a cut version, without the scene where Rogers is hung upside down by vampires who then drink his blood through a tap they installed in his neck. That was in the most recent version I saw ( on Film 4 ), although the climax where the trapped men turn into walking corpses still is missing. The ending is never in any real doubt of course. Anyone who saw even one of Amicus' earlier multi-storey horror pictures will be able to predict it well in advance. But if you like your horror slightly refined, and not just consisting of non-stop blood and gore, you should seriously consider opening this particular vault.

Reviewed by MARIO GAUCI 7 / 10

THE VAULT OF HORROR (Roy Ward Baker, 1973) ***

Fairly good entry in the Amicus anthology cycle, even if none of the stories are particularly remarkable (or original). The premise is also quite simple: five men meet inside an elevator which takes them, irrespective of the floor to which they were destined, to the basement of the building where a table has been set up for them; they gather around and, to while away the time until they're rescued, each recounts a recurring dream.

The cast is fine, as usual: Daniel Massey goes in search of his missing sister (real-life sibling Anna), eventually locating her at a remote village – where, as it turns out, all the locals (including the woman) are vampires!; this may be the most popular episode but also, perhaps, the most disposable (despite the amusingly outrageous fate awaiting Massey at the end) – considering that Amicus had already dealt with the subject of vampires in at least two previous horror compendiums, DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (1971). Terry-Thomas is an ageing wealthy man who decides it's high time for him to marry, but ends up literally driving commoner wife Glynis Johns crazy with his obsessive fastidiousness! Curt Jurgens is a magician on holiday in India with wife Dawn Addams: to show off, he exposes a local exponent plying his trade at the market square; humiliated, the latter plots an elaborate and terrible revenge – with the aid of his young daughter – by intriguing Jurgens with a new trick involving a magic rope.

In the fourth episode, Michael Craig plans to collect his own life insurance (with the help of pal Edward Judd) by faking his own death – the latter, however, has no intention of sticking to his part of the bargain (though he's ultimately not allowed to reap the rewards of his fraud and betrayal). Craig eventually wakes up from a deep sleep in his coffin – terrorizing a couple of intended body-snatchers into the bargain, but himself runs into the wrong end of the graveyard custodian's shovel! This is the shortest episode and, frankly, I was expecting its ironic punchline to be more grisly and drastic! The last segment is the longest and best, if still offering nothing we haven't seen before: a painter (Tom Baker) living a bohemian existence on a tropical island discovers that promoters of the business (including Denholm Elliott as an influential art dealer) had downplayed his talent in order to acquire his stuff cheaply, and then made a pot for themselves by selling it again at the proper value. He turns to a voodoo priest for revenge, who gives him the power to destroy the subject of his paintings – naturally, he draws portraits (from memory and apparently in no time at all!) of his three enemies and has his way with them; what he doesn't know is that, while he's away from the studio, something is about to happen to his self-portrait...

The final revelation is typical of Amicus; while the handling is somewhat pedestrian yet reasonably efficient and the general tone unassuming, this kind of fare has endured by always putting the accent on fun (with the added bonus of star gazing). Incidentally, like its predecessor TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972), this drew inspiration from the popular EC Comics; as a matter of fact, the film itself was known in some quarters as TALES FROM THE CRYPT, PART II. Having mentioned the latter film, both of these have just been released as a 2-Disc Set DVD by Fox; unfortunately, the print used for THE VAULT OF HORROR (while presented in its OAR, unlike the DivX copy I watched) is reportedly the milder PG-rated edit. There are only a few shots missing but, apart from being awkwardly replaced by still-frames, they actually constitute a couple of delightful reveals and one instance of hardly-shocking gore! Considering the fact that I also own TALES FROM THE CRYPT on DivX and that the DVDs contain no significant extras, I'm content with these versions.

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