Vault Of Horror [DVD]
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Five separate horror tales, linked by the story of five men trapped in a vault beneath the Thames. The individual tales involve mysticism, vampires in an English town, the grisly end of an insurance racket, magicians, and the voodoo exploits of an artist who exacts revenge by painting the deaths of his detractors. Daniel Massey, Anna Massey, Tom Baker and Terry-Thomas star.
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In the 1960s and 1970s Amicus were one of the main rivals of Hammer Studios, specialising in making horror films in the `Dead Of Night' portmanteau format.
One of my favourite Amicus movies has always been this one, mainly because of its superb all-star cast. Like `Tales From The Crypt', made a year earlier, this film takes its inspiration from the old EC comics of the 1950s as well as from other Amicus productions such as `Dr Terrors House Of Horrors' and `The House That Dripped Blood'.
The set up is fairly simple: Five men congregate in an elevator but instead of stopping at each one's desired floor the elevator takes them down to a basement room where each man then tells the others their recurring nightmare...
The first story is called Midnight Mess and stars real-life brother and sister Daniel and Anna Massey. A man called Rogers tracks down his sister to a strange town and tells her that their father has died and that she will inherit everything. Unfortunately he then pulls out a switchblade knife and stabs her several times, thus ensuring that all the money will go to him instead. To celebrate his impending wealth, the evil heir-sole then goes to a local restaurant but it is no ordinary restaurant...
The second story (The Neat Job) stars the late great Terry-Thomas as a man obsessed with neatness and tidiness. When he marries a clumsy and accident-prone lady it is inevitable that it is going to end in tragedy.
The third story (This Trick'll Kill You) stars future Bond villain Curt Jurgens as an unscrupulous magician who will go to any lengths to obtain new illusions for his latest act.Read more ›
Well, what a disappointment. This has to be THE worse transfer I've come across. The original source footage seems to have come from an NTSC videotape as the picture is rife with interlacing. The colours are all washed out: blacks appear as blue and everything else is a peculiar shade of yellowish-green. There are dirt/artifacts all over the picture (probably from the grubby old film stock it was originally taken from) To compound this the aspect ratio is 4x3 and NOT 16x9 as is stated on the reverse of the pack so in the opening credits, even some of the cast names don't fit on the screen.
Considering the lovely cleaned up versions of "From Beyond The Grave", "Tales From The Crypt" and "Doctor Terror's House Of Horrors" this really is shoddy to day the least and the poor quality visuals and sound spoil any viewing pleasure.
This will be sent back for a refund.
You have been warned.
Stories revolve around vampires, bodily dismemberment, east Indian mysticism, an insurance scam, and an artist who kills by painting his victims' deaths....
These sort of movies were ten-a-penny in the seventies, and in the US, this was released as a sequel to 'Tales from the Crypt'.
As usual with these films that are stories that are really striking, and others that pale in comparison. The first and last stories are the strongest here, funny for all the wrong reasons (the vampire teeth, and Bakers beard), but still eerie enough to give you a chill.
But this is where the problem lies, the three stories in the middle, while still good, pale in comparison, and you find yourself waiting for the next chapter.
Thankfully, it has enough camp elements, even in the more slower stories to keep the viewer entertained. The segments between the stories are entertaining with the main characters giving each other a bit of 'hell',
and the final speech, with Jurgens breaking the fourth wall, makes the film that little bit better.
Now am no expert about the films ratio but it looks like full screen to me with slight black bars top and bottom.
The sound is in 2ch PCM which does sound good.
There are no bonus features or subtitles.
A very average release from Final Cut.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At last the release, in its UNCUT format of one of the better anthology films from Amicus. The film as a whole cleans up well for bluray, despite its age. Read morePublished 3 months ago by P Goodhead
excellent service from this seller and would recommend them to anyone elsePublished 3 months ago by d robbins
Three stars for a superb film, however, sadly the blu ray is not that more impressive picture wise than my original dvdPublished 4 months ago by Boogie Sandwich
the new transfer is the same as the Scream Factory version, its uncut a MGM only had the cut version the print was supplied to the USA via the UK film four and the BFI. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Hargreaves
Of All the E.C. and E.C. Style Anthologies that Amicus produced throughout the 70's.Vault of horror is My Favourite. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
I bought this set accidentally thinking it was the Hammer version. Some of the films are fine, some of them are el cheapo productions. Good price though.Published 22 months ago by Louis Morter