Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mummy’s Curse (1944)


By Orrin Grey


The Mummy’s Curse (1944). Directed by: Leslie Goodwins. Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Coe, Virginia Christine.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Following on the success of their 1932 classic The Mummy, Universal made four “sequels” in the 1940s (five, if you count the 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy). The word “sequels” gets quotation marks because they’re really …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Invisible Ray (1936)


By Orrin Grey


The Invisible Ray (1936). Directed by: Lambert Hillyer. Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Released to TV syndication in the 50s as part of the Shock Theater package of classic Universal horror films, The Invisible Ray is nonetheless not as well known as many of its peers. Though the version I watched was packaged in …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Tingler (1959)


The Tingler (1959). Directed by: William Castle. Starring: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Pamela Lincoln.


Happy Halloween from the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. While House on Haunted Hill remains my favorite William Castle picture, The Tingler is probably his best one. It’s Castle’s third collaboration with writer Robb White, following on the heels of Macabre and House on Haunted Hill. Price is back, along with …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: It Came from Outer Space (1953)


It Came from Outer Space (1953). Directed by: Jack Arnold. Starring: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. It Came from Outer Space was the first sci-fi film that Universal put out in the then-new 3D format. A fact that I could have guessed even if I hadn’t already known it, based solely on the number of things that fly …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)


By Orrin Grey


Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961). Directed by: Roger Corman. Starring: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. In spite of being told time and time again that Creature from the Haunted Sea was vastly more comedy than horror, I was still completely unprepared for how much of a parody it turned out to be. We’re talking …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)


By Orrin Grey


The Monster That Challenged the World (1957). Directed by: Arnold Laven. Starring: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried.


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 Monster That Challenged the World may have a somewhat misleadingly bombastic title — I guess “The Monster That Mildly Inconvenienced a Naval Base” doesn’t have the same ring to it — but it’s a surprisingly good and …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Vampire’s Coffin (1958)


By Orrin Grey


The Vampire’s Coffin (1958). Directed by: Fernando Mendez. Starring: Abel Salazar, Ariadna Welter, German Robles.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. A great many Mexican horror films of the fifties all feel sort of like they were made by someone who was trying to recreate the Universal monster movies from memory, which is probably kind of what they were. As such, they …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: It! (1967)


By Orrin Grey


It! (1967). Directed by: Herbert J. Leder. Starring: Roddy McDowall, Jill Haworth, Paul Maxwell.


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 and one of the best movies that most people have never seen! Written and directed by Herbert J. Leder, whose filmography also includes The Frozen Dead, a movie with a logline so bizarre that it …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Konga (1961)


By Orrin Grey


Konga (1961). Directed by: John Lemont. Starring: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Claire Gordon.


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 the British answer to King Kong and a spiritual sibling (in more ways than one) to previous Vault of Secrets alum Gorgo, which was released the same year. I watched it on a double-bill DVD set with our previous …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The House on Skull Mountain (1974)


By Orrin Grey


The House on Skull Mountain (1974). Directed by: Ron Honthaner. Starring: Victor French, Janee Michelle, Jean Durand.


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’d been meaning to watch for ages, even though I knew nothing about it, just because of that title (and a pretty great/ridiculous poster design). Luckily for me, I didn’t watch the trailer beforehand …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The House on Skull Mountain (1974)

Cthulhu Eats the World: The 10 Best Horror Films of 2015


By Brian M. Sammons


Welcome back, my fellow fright film fans. It’s the start of a new year, so that means looking back at the year that just died and poking at its corpse for various highlights, lowlights, and best-of lists. 2015 was a pretty good year for horror flicks. It wasn’t stellar or anything, like some of years of the 1980s, but it wasn’t as desolate as much of the 90s, either. And as always, some of these films …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)


The Mephisto Waltz (1971). Directed by: Paul Wenkos. Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Perkins, Curd Jurgens.


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 another entry in the “Rosemary’s Baby was pretty popular, right?” class of Satanism shockers of the early 70s, with a title taken from piano compositions by Franz Liszt and adapted from the 1969 novel of the same name …

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