Article: Through a Wood Darkly: Growing Up in the World of “Lemora”


By Jose Cruz


Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973). Directed by: Richard Blackburn. Starring: Cheryl Smith, Lesley Taplin, Richard Blackburn, William Whitton.


Vampiric godmothers. Lost princesses. Haunted forests. Genetic mutations. Singing crones. Ghoulish children. Ancient gods.

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973) is truly one of the great melting-pot films of midnight cinema, but what separates this strangely beautiful, still-underseen production from others of its kind is the manner in which its heady mashing of Weird …

IFPArticle: Through a Wood Darkly: Growing Up in the World of “Lemora”

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Food of the Gods (1976)


By Orrin Grey


The Food of the Gods (1976). Director: Bert I. Gordon. Starring: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. When I was a kid, we got a channel that showed old monster movies on Saturday mornings. So, when other kids were watching Saturday morning cartoons, I watched Squirm and Willard and about a jillion Godzilla movies. One of …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Food of the Gods (1976)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Paranoiac (1963)

By Orrin Grey


Paranoiac (1963). Directed by: Freddie Francis. Starring: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell.


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 my personal favorite from among Hammer’s handful of psychological thrillers, Paranoiac, directed by Freddie Francis from a screenplay by Hammer stalwart Jimmy Sangster, based very loosely (I’m told) upon a 1949 crime novel called Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Paranoiac (1963)

Column: Gods and Monsters: Review: Psycho (1960)


Psycho (1960). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gavin.


Many spoilers ahoy


We all go a little mad, sometimes ….


My mom once told me that she went to see Psycho twice when it first came out. She hadn’t intended to do this, but after she had seen it the first time, a friend wanted to see it and didn’t have anyone else to go with. So, she had to go see it …

Paula R. StilesColumn: Gods and Monsters: Review: Psycho (1960)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Spider Baby (1967)


By Orrin Grey


Spider Baby (1967). Directed by: Jack Hill. Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Since it’s Halloween this month, and Halloween is our favorite holiday here at the Vault of Horror, we thought we would dust off something a little special. Prior to watching it, everything I knew about tonight’s film …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Spider Baby (1967)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Reptilicus (1961)


By Orrin Grey


Reptilicus (1961). Directed by: Sidney Pink. Starring: Bent Mejding, Absjorn Andersen, Poul Wildaker.


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 shares some minor similarities with a handful of previous Vault of Secrets alumni, notably Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet from a few months ago, in that it is actually more than one movie. A joint Danish-American co-production with an American International …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Reptilicus (1961)

Gods and Monsters: Review: Grave Halloween (2013)


By Paula R. Stiles


Grave Halloween (2013). Director: Steven R. Monroe. Cast: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle. Country: Canada.


A young woman and a group of friends, who are doing a documentary, visit a forest in Japan (This is a real place called Aokigahara Forest, AKA the Sea of Trees or Suicide Forest, at the foot of Mount Fuji) where people go to commit suicide for reasons that remain not very clear, not least because they never …

Paula R. StilesGods and Monsters: Review: Grave Halloween (2013)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Beast in the Cellar (1970)


By Orrin Grey


The Beast in the Cellar (1970). Directed by: James Kelley. Starring: Beryl Reed, Flora Robson.


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 actually on a “Late Night Fright” double-bill with our previous installment Horror Express. It’s a very, very, very British flick that’s considerably less lurid than its wonderful midnight movie title would suggest: The Beast in the Cellar

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Beast in the Cellar (1970)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Horror Express (1972)


By Orrin Grey


Horror Express (1972). Directed by: Eugenio Martin. Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas.


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, we had intended to take a visit to 16th century Prague, but instead, we’ve jumped not quite so far back in time for a ride on the Transiberian Express in 1906.

What’s the occasion? Well, in the time since our last …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Horror Express (1972)

Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Babadook (2014)


By Brian M. Sammons


The Babadook (2014). Director: Jennifer Kent. Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall. Country: Australia.


Once again, I’m reviewing a movie that has no connection to the Cthulhu Mythos. Wait, don’t go anywhere. If all I did was cover Mythos movies, this would be a very lonely place. While this film is not Mythos, The Babadook is the Aussie import indie darling that came out last year and wound up on nearly every horror critic’s Best …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Babadook (2014)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965) / Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)


By Orrin Grey


Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)/Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968). Directed by: Pavel Klushantsev, Curtis Harrington, Peter Bogdanovich. Starring: Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, various Russians.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Like most every horror fan on the planet, it would seem, I watched It Follows when it hit theaters a couple of months ago. Since this is …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965) / Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Final Prayer (2013)


By Brian M. Sammons


Final Prayer (2013). Director: Elliot Goldner. Cast: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle. Country: UK.


Once there was a movie from the UK called The Borderlands. Then it came to North America on DVD and, for some silly reason, it changed its name to Final Prayer. Why it did that, I don’t know, but it sort of seems to be a thing these days, with Edge of Tomorrow desperately trying to rebrand itself as …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the World: Final Prayer (2013)