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)

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: 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: The Vault of Secrets: King Kong Escapes (1967)


By Orrin Grey


King Kong Escapes (1967). Director: Ishiro Honda. Starring: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller.


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 second (and last) Toho film to feature King Kong, and also the one and only (so far as I can figure out) Toho-Rankin/Bass co-production, King Kong Escapes. We shall never see its like again.

For those out …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)


The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964). Directed by: Michael Carreras. Starring: Jeanne Roland, Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jack Gwillim.


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 first in a string of largely-unrelated sequels to Hammer’s 1959 version of The Mummy. Produced, directed and written by Michael Carreras, who has a producer credit on seemingly the majority of Hammer’s …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Deadly Mantis (1957)


By Orrin Grey


The Deadly Mantis (1957). Directed by: Nathan Juran. Starring: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. I have fond memories of the Crestwood House Monster Series book of tonight’s film, mostly because it had a picture of the titular deadly mantis in a tunnel full of wrecked cars on the cover. It’s a pretty great shot, though …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Deadly Mantis (1957)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Brain Eaters (1958)


By Orrin Grey


The Brain Eaters (1958). Directed by: Bruno VeSota. Starring: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe.


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 bore enough of a resemblance to the Robert Heinlein novel, The Puppet Masters, that producer Roger Corman settled out of court for $5,000 and the agreement that he wouldn’t put Heinlein’s name on the movie, since the …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Brain Eaters (1958)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)


By Orrin Grey


The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). Directed by: Val Guest. Starring: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean.

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 of mine, ever since I first caught it as part of Monster Awareness Month back in 2011. It’s my favorite of the Hammer films of Nigel Kneale, all of which number among my favorite Hammer …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of the Damned (1963)


By Orrin Grey


House of the Damned (1963). Directed by: Maury Dexter. Starring: Ron Foster, Merry Anders, Richard Crane.


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 fright film has a synopsis that would have been right at home in a Stuart Gordon movie thirty years later, where it would have been half again as long, at least three times as eventful, and about a hundred …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: House of the Damned (1963)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972-73)


Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972-73). Directed by: Various. Starring: Scads of people.


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, in honor of that spookiest of all seasons, Halloween, we’re unearthing not merely a film, but an entire TV series! This is the last of several DVD screeners I got from the Sony Pictures Choice Collection, specializing in titles that have never before been …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972-73)