Review: Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (Book)

By Orrin Grey

John Langan & Paul Tremblay, ed. Creatures. Prime, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1607012849.

Whenever you’re reviewing a book like Creatures, you’ve always got to approach it from two angles. First, there’s the same angle you approach any book from. Did it work for me? Was it good? Second, you have to look at whether or not it succeeds at its stated purpose. In the case of Creatures, that stated purpose is to showcase “Thirty Years of …

Orrin GreyReview: Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (Book)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of Dracula (1945)

By Orrin Grey

House of Dracula (1945). Director: Erle C. Kenton. Cast: Onslow Stevens, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine.

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 going to be taking a look at House of Dracula, the immediate sequel to our last film, House of Frankenstein. This one’s also directed by Erle C. Kenton and stars the usual suspects, …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of Frankenstein (1944)

By Orrin Grey

House of Frankenstein (1944). Director: Erle C. Kenton. Cast: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish.

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 movie is House of Frankenstein, directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring all sorts of familiar names, including Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish, Lionel Atwill, and George …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Omega Man (1971)

By Orrin Grey

The Omega Man (1971). Director: Boris Sagal. Cast: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash.

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 taking a look at the second official adaptation of Richard Matheson’s apocalyptic vampire novel, I Am Legend: Charlton Heston in Boris Sagal’s The Omega Man. The version I watched was on Netflix Watch Instantly, …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Last Man on Earth (1964)

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The Last Man on Earth (1964). Director: Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow. Cast: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli.

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 movie is the first of a double feature of film adaptations of Richard Matheson’s seminal apocalyptic vampire novel, I Am Legend. It’s Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth. The version …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Reptile (1966)

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The Reptile (1966)  Director: John Gilling Cast: Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Jacqueline Pearce

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. For tonight’s film, we’re tackling another lesser-known Hammer horror from director John Gilling. This time, it’s The Reptile, starring Noel Willman and Jennifer Daniel (both of whom were also in Hammer’s Kiss of the Vampire), as well as Jacqueline …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Plague of the Zombies (1966)

By Orrin Grey

Plague of the Zombies (1966) Director: John Gilling Cast: Andre Morell, Diane Claire, Jacqueline Pearce

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. For tonight’s film, we’re tackling Plague of the Zombies, a somewhat-lesser-known Hammer horror from director John Gilling, starring Andre Morell, who was in a slew of other Hammer movies, including playing Dr. Watson in Hound of the

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mole People (1956)

By Orrin Grey

spoilers ahead

The Mole People (1956)  Director: Virgil Vogel. Cast: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont.

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. For tonight’s film, we’re completing our drive-in double-feature of 50s sci-fi monster movies (the first half of which was last episode’s Tarantula) with The Mole People, a film which came out just a year later. …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Tarantula (1955)

By Orrin Grey

Tarantula (1955). Director: Jack Arnold. Cast: John Agar, Mara Cordray, Leo G. Carroll.

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. For the next couple of films, I’m going to be doing something very different from our last few installments. We’ll be jumping ahead a couple of decades to look at two of the (many) sci-fi monster movies of the 1950s, …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Mad Love (1935)

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Mad Love (1935) Director: Karl Freund. Cast: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive.

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 movie is the last film in the Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection, and is probably the closest thing to a true classic in the set (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). Mad Love is directed by …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Devil-Doll (1936)

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The Devil-Doll (1936). Director: Tod Browning. Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan.

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 movie is The Devil-Doll, which re-teams director Tod Browning and star Lionel Barrymore, whom we last saw together in our first installment, The Mark of the Vampire. The version I watched is once again from the Hollywood Legends of Horror

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Return of Doctor X (1939)

By Orrin Grey

The Return of Doctor X (1939). Director: Vincent Sherman. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, John Litel.

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 movie is The Return of Doctor X, directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Humphrey Bogart, just before he got really famous. The version I watched is from the Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection, where it …

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