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The Vault of Horror (1973)

An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Massey ...
Rogers (segment 1 "Midnight Mess")
Donna (segment 1 "Midnight Mess")
Mike Pratt ...
Clive (segment 1 "Midnight Mess") (as Michael Pratt)
Erik Chitty ...
Old Waiter (segment 1 "Midnight Mess")
Jerold Wells ...
Waiter (segment 1 "Midnight Mess")
Critchit (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
Eleanor (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
Marianne Stone ...
Jane (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
John Forbes-Robertson ...
Wilson (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
Sebastian (segment 3 "This Trick'll Kill You") (as Curt Jurgens)
Inez (segment 3 "This Trick'll Kill You")
Jasmina Hilton ...
Indian Girl (segment 3 "This Trick'll Kill You")
Ishaq Bux ...
Fakir (segment 3 "This Trick'll Kill You")
Maitland (segment 4 "Bargain in Death")
Alex (segment 4 "Bargain in Death")


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Release Date:

30 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Further Tales from the Crypt  »

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The character played by Glynis Johns is presented as an innocent young thing who is the daughter of a contemporary of her husband's (Terry-Thomas), but at the time of filming Ms. Johns was fifty years old. See more »


(at around 57 mins) The first thing seen in the voodoo hut is a mask obviously meant to be of Haitian origin, though it's actually of Pacific Northwestern Native American origin. See more »


Sebastian (segment 3 "This Trick'll Kill You"): That's how it is and how it always will be.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »

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E.C.'s second most popular title receives a movie adaptation!
27 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Vault of Horror (1973) was another Amicus adaptation of the stories that were originally published in comic book form during the fifties. These stories came from the minds of publishing guru Bill Gaines and his staff of brilliant artists and story tellers. E.C. during the fifties was a hugely successful independent comic book company. But due to concerned parents and the crack down on comic book publishers by conservative politicians "who were protecting the children" created the Comic Book decency code that moralized all future comic books.

These brilliant stories first appeared in the VAULT OF HORROR series. Unlike the first film, the main character narrator is missing, other than that, it's the same omnibus style of film making. Odd stories with even mondo bizarro endings. Five tales that'll make you crave for more! Stars Terry-Thomas, Denholm Elliot and Glynis Johns. Watch out for the European cut. It has more blood and gore than the tamed U.S. release.

Highly recommended.

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