Column: The Vault of Secrets: Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (1959)

By Orrin Grey

Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (1959). Directed by: Riccardo Freda (& Mario Bava?). Starring: John Merivale, Didi Sullivan, & Gerard Herter.

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 I’ve been looking forward to watching for a very long time. Not only is it associated with the name of the great Mario Bava, who has provided fodder for several previous …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (1959)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Thing from Another World (1951)

By Orrin Grey

The Thing from Another World (1951). Director: Christian Nyby (& Howard Hawks?). Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, & James Arness.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Difficult as it may be to believe, this was actually my first viewing of tonight’s film, in spite of the fact that John Carpenter’s 1982 remake (simply titled ‘The Thing‘) has the distinction of …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Thing from Another World (1951)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Old Dark House (1932)

By Orrin Grey

The Old Dark House (1932). Directed by: James Whale. Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart, and Ernest Thesiger.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. I am hard-put to ever list a single favorite movie, in any category, no matter how narrowly-defined. But if you sat me down to start trying to make a list, James Whale’s The Old Dark

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Night Creatures (1962)

By Orrin Grey

Night Creatures (1962). Directed by: Peter Graham Scott. Starring: Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen.

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 picture is a personal favorite of mine that may not be much of a horror movie, but that I think is very autumnal, and beautifully suited to the Halloween season. Originally released as Captain Clegg, it had …

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Review: The Shadow of the Unknown

By Orrin Grey

French, A.J., ed. The Shadow of the Unknown. Static Movement, 2011. USD $15.99. ISBN 978-1617061448.

There’s no shortage of Lovecraftian anthologies on the market these days. (They may not quite outnumber zombie-themed anthologies, but, then again, who can keep track?) So, any new one that does arrive has the job right away of trying to distinguish itself from the eldritch pack. Many take the route of some more specific sub-theme, or of mixing Lovecraftian elements and …

Orrin GreyReview: The Shadow of the Unknown

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Planet of the Vampires (1965)

By Orrin Grey

Planet of the Vampires (1965) Directed by: Mario Bava Starring: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires, a movie that’s probably most famous for having supposedly inspired Alien, although both Ridley Scott and Alien scribe Dan O’Bannon claim to have never seen it at …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Island of Lost Souls (1932)

By Orrin Grey

Island of Lost Souls (1932). Directed by: Erle C. Kenton. Starring: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Our last few installments have featured movies that were probably camped in the less respectable end of our spectrum, but tonight’s film is bona fide, as evinced by its recent (and highly anticipated) Criterion release: Erle C. …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: 13 Ghosts (1960)

By Orrin Grey

13 Ghosts (1960). Directed by: William Castle. Starring: Charles Herbert, Margaret Hamilton, Rosemary DeCamp, Martin Milner.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) horror film for your delectation. Before we start tonight’s film, raise your hand if you’re familiar with William Castle. Probably anyone reading this column, but, just in case, he was a prolific and popular producer/director whose pictures were better known for their gimmicks than …

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Review: Deadfall Hotel

By Orrin Grey

Tem, Steve Rasnic. Deadfall Hotel Solaris, 2012. USD $9.99. ISBN 978-1907992834.

Before I talk about Steve Rasnic Tem’s Deadfall Hotel, let me talk a little bit about John Kenn Mortensen. Mortensen is a Danish artist whose work took at least one small corner of the Internet by storm. Basically, he draws amazing, Richard Gorey-esque pictures of monsters and other weirdness onto Post-It notes. You can see why I love him. He’s rapidly become one of …

Orrin GreyReview: Deadfall Hotel