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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.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Al Feldstein (based on the stories written by), William M. Gaines (based on the stories written by) (as Bill Gaines) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Massey ... Rogers (segment "Midnight Mess")
Anna Massey ... Donna (segment "Midnight Mess")
Mike Pratt ... Clive (segment "Midnight Mess") (as Michael Pratt)
Erik Chitty ... Old Waiter (segment "Midnight Mess")
Jerold Wells ... Waiter (segment "Midnight Mess")
Terry-Thomas ... Critchit (segment "The Neat Job")
Glynis Johns ... Eleanor (segment "The Neat Job")
Marianne Stone ... Jane (segment "The Neat Job")
John Forbes-Robertson ... Wilson (segment "The Neat Job")
Curd Jürgens ... Sebastian (segment "This Trick'll Kill You") (as Curt Jurgens)
Dawn Addams ... Inez (segment "This Trick'll Kill You")
Jasmina Hilton ... Indian Girl (segment "This Trick'll Kill You")
Ishaq Bux Ishaq Bux ... Fakir (segment "This Trick'll Kill You")
Michael Craig ... Maitland (segment "Bargain in Death")
Edward Judd ... Alex (segment "Bargain in Death")
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Storyline

Five strangers board a descending lift, one by one, in a modern office block in London. They reach the sub-basement, though none of them have pressed for that destination. There they find a large, elaborately furnished room that appears to be a gentlemen's club. The lift door has closed; there are no buttons to bring it back, nor any other exit. Resigned to waiting for help, they settle down with drinks and talk. The conversation turns to dreams, and each man tells of a recurring nightmare. Segment 1: Midnight Mess: Harold Rodgers (Daniel Massey) tracks his sister Donna (Anna Massey) to a strange village, and kills her to claim her share of the family inheritance. After settling down to a post-murder meal at the local restaurant, he discovers the town is home to a nest of vampires: Donna is not as dead as he thinks, and he becomes the dish of the night when his jugular vein is tapped out as a beverage dispenser. Segment 2 The Neat Job: The obsessively neat Arthur Critchit (... Written by lament

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Taglines:

Everything that makes life worth leaving! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Further Tales from the Crypt See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Unlike the first film, no story in this film was remade for Tales from the Crypt (1989). See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Waiter (segment 1 "Midnight Mess"): Good evening. The table d'hôte is rather nice, sir. Juice, soup, roast, sweet, coffee.
Rogers (segment 1 "Midnight Mess"): That'll be fine!
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Connections

References Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971) See more »

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E.C.'s second most popular title receives a movie adaptation!
27 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee 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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