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The Vault of Horror (1973)

R | | Horror | 30 March 1973 (USA)
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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the female vampires is dubbed by Lalla Ward. 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

Sebastian (segment 3 "This Trick'll Kill You"): That's how it is and how it always will be.
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Follows Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) See more »

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It can be Deadly to be TOO neat!
5 August 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

A great anthology film in the Amicus tradition. Five men find themselves going down an elevator into a huge room(looking like a giant boardroom) where they seem to be expected. Each one has a fear that continually seems to plague him and they relate their fears to each other. The opening lacks the production values and Sir Ralph Richardson of its predecessor Tales From the Crypt as the crypt-keeper sorely, but the stories are all well-done with finesse from cast, crew, and the very able direction of an underappreciated Roy Ward Baker. The first story is about vampires in a small English town, and it is a very tasty vignette. The second story, starring Glynis Johns and Terry-Thomas(both funny beyond belief), is the comedic relief of the film about a man who is too neat who needs to have that point hammered into his head by his wife. For him it is definitely a jarring experience. The third story is about a magician and his wife that kill to acquire a magic trick. Curt Jurgens is very good as the evil magician. A good story. The fourth story is easily the weakest about a man buried alive for insurance. Lastly, the most literate of the stories concerns Dr. Who's Tom Baker seeking revenge on those that have profited on his artwork behind his back. He gets revenge through voodoo. All in all a great deal of fun. As previously stated, be sure to get the uncut version.


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