Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Lost Continent (1968)

By Orrin Grey

The Lost Continent (1968). Director: Michael Carreras. Starring: Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Nigel Stock.

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. If you’d asked me prior to seeing tonight’s film, I’d have told you that Hammer never made a bad movie, or near enough. I’d probably still tell you that, but tonight’s movie may be as close as they …

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Review: Reflections in a Glass Darkly

By Orrin Grey

Crawford, Gary William; Rockhill, Jim; and Showers, Brian J., eds. Reflections in a Glass Darkly. Hippocampus Press, 2011. USD $25.00. ISBN 978-1614980056.

For someone writing a review of a comprehensive collection of scholarship on J. Sheridan le Fanu, I’ve actually not read all that much of Le Fanu’s fiction. I’ve never read any of his novels and I’m only really familiar with a few of his better-known short stories. That’s actually part of why I wanted …

Orrin GreyReview: Reflections in a Glass Darkly

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Atomic Submarine (1959)

By Orrin Grey

The Atomic Submarine (1959). Directed by: Spencer G. Bennet. Starring: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway.

Welcome back to The Vault of Secrets. You may notice that we’ve done some remodeling around here and we’ll be taking a slightly different approach to the program from here on. Instead of two films a month, we’ll only be doing one, but we’ll be devoting a bit more space to each film.

Given how much time I’ve spent …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Gorgon (1964)

By Orrin Grey

The Gorgon (1964). Director: Terence Fisher. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, we’ll be looking at another Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee pairing, though this one’s not exactly a jewel in the Hammer horror crown.

The Gorgon is something of an odd departure for Hammer, turning, not to the monsters popularised by the …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

By Orrin Grey

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Director: Terence Fisher. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Andre Morell.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is a Hammer classic pairing – Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee – but it isn’t a Dracula or a Frankenstein or even The Mummy. Instead, it’s an adaptation of the famous Sherlock Holmes novel …

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Review: Hell Train

By Orrin Grey

Fowler, Christopher. Hell Train. Solaris, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1907992445.

From the back of the book: “Imagine there was a supernatural chiller that Hammer Films never made. A grand epic produced at the studio’s peak, which played like a cross between the Dracula and Frankenstein films and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors….”

Yeah, that got my attention, all right. And Christopher Fowler’s Hell Train mostly delivers on that promise, though I’d say it probably has more in …

Orrin GreyReview: Hell Train

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942)

By Orrin Grey

Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942). Director: Harry Lachman. Cast: J. Carrol Naish, George Zucco and Lynne Roberts.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is a bit of mad science called “Dr. Renault’s Secret“. The version I watched is from the Fox Horror Classics Collection, Volume 2.

Considering that it’s a movie featuring mad scientists, ape …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). Director: Robert Florey. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox and Leon Ames.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is the underrated Bela Lugosi classic, The Murders in the Rue Morgue (one of many cinematic adaptations of the Edgar Allan Poe tale). The version I watched is from the Bela Lugosi Collection.

Before I …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Undying Monster (1942)

By Orrin Grey

The Undying Monster (1942). Director: John Brahm. Cast: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is Fox’s 1942 answer to Universal’s 1941 The Wolf Man. The version I watched is from the Fox Horror Classics Collection.

I first watched The Undying Monster at the behest of The Strange Case of

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Werewolf of London (1935)

By Orrin Grey

Werewolf of London (1935). Director: Stuart Walker. Cast: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is Universal’s first foray into the werewolf film, Werewolf of London, which predates its more-famous cousin The Wolf Man by some six years. The version I watched is from the Wolf Man Legacy Collection.

Strangely …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Black Sabbath (1963)

 By Orrin Grey

Black Sabbath (1963). Director: Mario Bava. Cast: Boris Karloff, Michele Mercier, Lidia Alfonsie.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, we’re tackling our second Mario Bava feature, Black Sabbath. We don’t have Barbara Steele this time, but we do have Boris Karloff, who looks like he’s having quite a good time. There are several versions available. I watched …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Black Sunday (1960)

Orrin Grey

Black Sunday (1960). Director: Mario Bava. Cast: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, we’ll be examining the first of a pair of similarly-titled Mario Bava thrillers, Black Sunday, starring horror legend Barbara Steele, in not quite her first film role but pretty close. The version I watched is from the Mario Bava

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