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)

By Orrin Grey

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: Doctor X (1932)

By Orrin Grey

Doctor X (1932). Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray.

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 Doctor X, directed by the great Michael Curtiz (best known for Casablanca), and starring Lionel Atwill and a pre-King Kong Fay Wray. The version I watched is from the Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection, …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

By Orrin Grey

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). Director: Charles Brabin. Cast: Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy.

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 Mask of Fu Manchu, directed by Charles Brabin, and starring Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy, as Asians! The version I watched is the second of six movies we’ll be covering from the great …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Mark of the Vampire (1935)

By Orrin Grey

Mark of the Vampire (1935) . Director: Tod Browning. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, and Carroll Borland.

Welcome 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 Mark of the Vampire, directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, and Carroll Borland. The version I watched is from the great Hollywood Legends of Horror

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Column: From Strange and Distant Shores: Dark Portals (Vidocq)

By Orrin Grey

Dark Portals (2001) Director: Pitof Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet Country: France

I watched Dark Portals (AKA Vidocq) because the trailer I saw for it made it look like a good companion for Brotherhood of the Wolf: a stylish French period film about mysterious and possibly supernatural goings-on, featuring martial arts-like fighting sequences. In all those respects, I wasn’t misled.

One of the first films to be shot with digital cinematography, Dark Portals has a …

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Column: From Strange and Distant Shores: Brotherhood of the Wolf

by Orrin Grey

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) Director: Christophe Gans Cast: Samuel le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Vincent Cassell, Monica Bellucci. Country: France

Only three columns in, and already I’m pushing at the boundaries of my genre. This is partly because Brotherhood of the Wolf is such an odd chimera, such a difficult beast to pin down (no pun intended). Starting with a bit of actual French history/folklore in the form of the Beast of Gevaudan, it quickly jumps …

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Micro-interview: Orrin Grey

Orrin Grey’s story “Nature vs Nurture” can be found in the February 2010 fiction issue of Innsmouth Free Press.

Orrin Grey was born on the night before Halloween, and he’s been in love with monsters and marvels ever since. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from Baker University, and now he writes weird stories featuring mad monks, ape fiends and cursed books, among other things. His first chapbook novella, The Mysterious Flame, was recently …

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Column: From Strange and Distant Shores: Audition

By Orrin Grey

Audition(1999). Director: Takashi Miike. Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina. Country: South Korea.

I worked at a video store for several years, and one of the questions I was most often asked was: “What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?” My stock answer was always: Audition.

Looking back, I don’t know if Audition really is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s definitely among the most disturbing. Unfortunately, it’s also the very definition of a …

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Column: From Strange and Distant Shores: Thirst

By Orrin Grey

Thirst (2009). Director: Park Chan-wook. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-bin. Country: South Korea.

If you’ve ever seen a Park Chan-wook film, then you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what to expect from his vampire love story Thirst. Like a lot of people, I was first introduced to Park when Oldboy, the middle film in his “vengeance trilogy”, became an international phenomenon. Oldboy impressed me, as did Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Park’s segment …

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