Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)


By Orrin Grey


The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). Directed by: Val Guest. Starring: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is a personal favorite of mine, ever since I first caught it as part of Monster Awareness Month back in 2011. It’s my favorite of the Hammer films of Nigel Kneale, all of which number among my favorite Hammer …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of the Damned (1963)


By Orrin Grey


House of the Damned (1963). Directed by: Maury Dexter. Starring: Ron Foster, Merry Anders, Richard Crane.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s fright film has a synopsis that would have been right at home in a Stuart Gordon movie thirty years later, where it would have been half again as long, at least three times as eventful, and about a hundred …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)


By Orrin Grey


The Cabinet of Caligari (1962). Directed by: Roger Kay. Starring: Glynis Johns, Dan O’Herlihy.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is one that I was familiar with way before I ever knew what movie it actually was. In the Nine Inch Nails cover of Queen’s song “Get Down, Make Love,” there is an extended sample of the titular Caligari from …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972-73)


Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972-73). Directed by: Various. Starring: Scads of people.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, in honor of that spookiest of all seasons, Halloween, we’re unearthing not merely a film, but an entire TV series! This is the last of several DVD screeners I got from the Sony Pictures Choice Collection, specializing in titles that have never before been …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Alligator People (1959)


The Alligator People (1959). Directed by: Roy Del Ruth. Starring: Beverly Garland, Lon Chaney Jr., George Macready.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. For tonight’s film, we’ll be taking a trip to the swamp for a classic creature feature from the prolific pen of Orville H. Hampton, who also scribed previous Vault of Secrets installments The Atomic Submarine and The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Old Dark House (1963)


By Orrin Grey


The Old Dark House (1963). Directed by: William Castle. Starring: Tom Poston, Robert Morley, Janette Scott.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film was one of several screeners sent over as part of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s manufacture-on-demand service, “Sony Pictures Choice Collection,” that we’ll be covering here at the Vault, though it was also one that I’d seen …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)


The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942). Directed by: Lew Landers. Starring: Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, “Slapsie” Maxie Rosenbloom.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. The version I watched was one of several screeners sent as part of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s manufacture-on-demand service “Sony Pictures Choice Collection” that we’ll be covering here at the Vault. Generally, the Collection features never-before-released-on-DVD titles that …

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Review: The Book of the Dead


Shurin, Jared, ed. The Book of the Dead. Jurassic London (2013). Softcover: 362 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0957646254.


I’m a sucker for a good mummy story. Unfortunately, mummy stories – whether good, bad, or indifferent – are pretty thin on the ground. While the mummy has captured the public imagination in Europe and America since the turn of the century, it has mostly found its manifestation in film rather than print and, like the werewolf, never really had any agreed-upon ur

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mad Magician (1954)



The Mad Magician (1954)
Directed by: John Brahm
. Starring: Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is notable mainly for being the only collaboration between two masters of the macabre: Vincent Price and John Brahm. While Brahm isn’t nearly as well-known as Price, he’s a fantastic director who essayed several classic (though under-seen) horror and suspense films …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Fiend Without a Face (1958)


Fiend Without a Face (1958). Directed by: Arthur Crabtree. Starring: Marshall Thompson, Kynaston Reeves, Kim Parker.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. This month’s episode is another classic brought to us thanks to the untiring efforts of the good folks over at Criterion: Fiend Without a Face. There’s a lot going on in Fiend Without a Face that’s worth talking about, even while the …

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