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Vault of Horror (1973) — Episode 9 Decades of Horror 1970s

“Below the crypt lies death’s waiting room…the Vault of Horror.” Milton Subotsky and Amicus return with another horror anthology The Vault of Horror, a direct follow up to Tales from the Crypt (1972). Roy Ward Baker steps in to take the director reigns from Freddie Francis bringing his own distinct but similar style with improved angles and composition with a more humorous tint. The blu ray also brings the film to the States for the first time uncut.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 9  — Vault of Horror  (1973)

The Vault of Horror brings five new tales to the big screen inspired by and adapted from the EC horror comics from the 50’s, four from Tales from the Crypt and one from Shock SuspenStories. The stories include “Midnight Mess,” “The Neat Job,” “This Trick’ll Kill You,” “Bargain in Death” and “Drawn & Quartered” with a collection of character actors from the 70s: Terry-Thomas, Daniel Massey, Anna Massey, Curd Jurgans, Michael Craig, Glynis Johns and Tom Baker. This release marks the first time the film is presented uncut where at least four scenes are restored. While the film does not feature a Crypt Keeper nor Amicus anthology mainstay Peter Cushing, the film does continue the revenge themed terror and horror that makes these films so special. “Everything that makes life worth leaving!”

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Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.

2 Replies to “Vault of Horror (1973) — Episode 9 Decades of Horror 1970s

  1. Thanks for bringing this to my attention (I didn’t know TFTC had a sequel). I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first one, but I think it’s because of the overall tone. I’m not a big fan of the comedy in the HBO show, or the newer movies either. The first film had a lot more fog, atmosphere and creepiness to it. This film wasn’t bad, but it can’t touch the original. Actually, I like From the Grave better than this one as well.

    1. From Beyond the Grave…need to add that onto the list.
      Have not seen that in quite a while.
      Asylum and House That Dripped Blood are two favorites as well.
      Amicus rules, man. 🙂

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