Five men. Five recurring nightmares. The Vault Of Horror (1973) REVIEW Amicus Productions take their second trip through the EC Comics catalogue. RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES visits The Vault Of Horror (1973). TITLE: Vault Of Horror RELEASED: March 16th 1973 STARRING: Daniel Massey, Anna Massey, Terry-Thomas, Glynis Johns, Curt Jurgens, Dawn Addams, Michael Craig, Edward Judd, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, Tom Baker, Denholm Elliott, Terence Alexander. WRITER: Milton Subotsky (from stories by Al Feldstein and William M. Gaines) DIRECTOR: Roy Ward Baker In a tall office building, five men from different floors enter the same lift, expecting to make their exit. Instead, the lift malfunctions and the group find themselves in what seems to be some kind of club room in the sub-basement. Assuming that someone is bound to come to their aid sooner or later, the five men decide to make the most of things by pouring themselves drinks. When one comments that this strange situation is “almost like a dream”, this leads to the five of them passing the time by relating their respective recurring nightmares… Midnight Mess Daniel Massey finds the aperitif a tad salty, in The Vault Of Horror (1973) When Rogers (Daniel Massey) finds that his sister Donna (Anna Massey) is the sole beneficiary of their father’s will, he decides that his sibling needs to be removed from the equation, so that he may claim the legacy for himself. When he tracks her down in a mysterious town, he soon finds that many of the locals act strangely and want to be safely at home before dark… The Neat Job Glynis Johns gets another nagging from fusspot Terry-Thomas, in The Vault Of Horror (1973) Critchit (Terry-Thomas) is a fastidious fusspot, whose mantra is “a place for everything, and everything in its place”. His new bride Eleanor (Glynis Johns) finds it very hard to keep their home up to her husband’s meticulous standards, and can only take so much of his nagging… This Trick’ll Kill You Curt Jurgens observes a magic rope trick with consequences, in The Vault Of Horror (1973) Magician Sebastian (Curt Jurgens) thinks he has found the perfect rope trick on the streets of India. Aided by wife/assistant Inez (Dawn Addams) he uses nefarious means to obtain its secret, but to their misfortune the two of them find the trick holds more secrets than they imagined… Bargain In Death Michael Craig tries to make sense of his surroundings, in The Vault Of Horror (1973) As part of a seemingly perfect insurance scam, Maitland (Michael Craig) uses a drug which temporarily induces a death-like state, but his partner in crime Alex (Edward Judd) might be set to double cross him. To make matters worse, two neighbouring medical students (Robin Nedwell and Geoffrey Davies) are looking for a freshly dead specimen to practice on, and are called upon to inspect the apparently dead body… Drawn And Quartered Tom Baker gives his self-portrait some breathing space, in The Vault Of Horror (1973) When he discovers that art dealers have been making profits from his work at his expense, gifted artist Moore (Tom Baker) uses voodoo magic to manipulate their portraits into causing serious bodily harm to the subjects. However, Moore’s self portrait may come back to haunt him… Following the great box-office success of Tales From The Crypt (1972), Amicus took another delve into the EC Comics archive, with Milton Subotsky once again adapting five of their tales. With Freddie Francis unavailable, Roy Ward Baker took over directorial chores on this occasion. Baker’s genre work has its detractors, but I’m a bit of a champion of his horror efforts. To me, he always seemed to take a more modern, matter-of-fact approach to the material, making for an interesting contrast to the more classical, nightmarish-fairy-tale treatment of others in the British horror realm. Baker’s approach paid real dividends for Amicus in Asylum (1972). With a notable lack of a bona fide horror star in the cast this time around, Baker turns this in the film’s favour and grounds the stories more in contemporary reality, complimented by some interesting, not too obvious casting choices. Take real-life siblings Daniel and Anna Massey in the opening segment. Anna’s earlier appearances in Peeping Tom (1959) and Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972) notwithstanding, the two would normally be associated with more prestigious television and stage work. If you also consider that they reportedly had a frequently fractious off-screen relationship, it certainly adds an interesting dimension to the action on-screen. Michael Craig, Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Daniel Massey and Curt Jurgens take the lift to the unknown, in The Vault Of Horror (1973) Terry-Thomas gets an opportunity to avoid his usual upper-class cad typecasting, with a genuinely irritating turn as the meticulously neat Critchit, and it’s still hilarious to see Glynis Johns (yes, Mrs. Banks from Mary Poppins) reaching the end of her tether with him and blowing a gasket. Then there’s Tom Baker, fascinating to see on the cusp of making his debut as Doctor Who the following year. Whether it quite reaches the high bar set by its predecessor can be debated ’til the cows come home, but that’s really nitpicking. With some memorable turns, and story endings which have stuck firmly in the minds of all who watched it growing up, The Vault Of Horror remains a Brit-horror classic. TRIVIA POINTS: The medical students in the Bargain In Death segment were played by Robin Nedwell and Geoffrey Davies, stars of the long-running Doctor series of sitcoms (1969-77) on ITV. A brilliant in-joke at the time, it would sadly have been lost on audiences in countries where the series wasn’t shown. In the same segment, Michael Craig can be seen reading the novelisation of Amicus’ Tales From The Crypt (1972). This is the only Amicus portmanteau film in which Peter Cushing does not appear. It is rumoured that Dawn Addams was not available for post-production loop work, and so was redubbed by Honor Blackman. The film was cut to achieve a PG rating in the USA, and it was this version which circulated most commonly for many years. Thankfully, the uncut version resurfaced and is currently widely available on Blu-ray. Publicity shot of a scene not used, from The Vault Of Horror (1973) FOOTNOTE: Photos exist of a scene showing four of the storytellers depicted as walking corpses. It remains debated whether the scene was actually shot or just posed for publicity purposes. The fact that Curt Jurgens is replaced by a stand in suggests the latter, but we may never know for sure. Oct 30, 2017
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« Previous - Next » UFO Armada Spotted In The Skies Vancouver, Canada. October 29, 2017 In this amazing footage we can see a swarm of ufos flying in a V-shape formation next to the moon in broad daylight with multiple witnesses which makes this footage all the more credible. There's seem to be something happening in the skies of Vancouver, British Columbia. Embed Code:
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Imagine the Actual Odds: 6 Vegas Witnesses Dead or Missing Six Vegas witnesses are dead or went missing. For the following calculations bear in mind to multiply the rate by 12, as only a month has passed since the incident. For example: 1 in 1,000 becomes 1 in 12,000 chances per month. Kymberley Suchomel Epilepsy: 1 in 1000 in a year of those who have epilepsy. One percent of the 20,000 attended had it, or just 200 people. Expected deaths in one month: 0.016 John Bielman Murder-suicide: 1 in 6,000 in a year Expected deaths in one month: 0.28 Chad Nishimura
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« Previous - Next » First sighting of interstellar 'alien' comet caught on camera In a first for the whole of mankind, stunning images have been released of what is believed to be the first “alien” comet humans have ever seen in our solar system. This discovery sends 'shiver down your spine.' Meabh Hyland, a PhD student from the Astrophysics Research Center at Queen's, said: “It's wonderful and exciting to see this object passing through our planetary system.” An international team of researchers, led by scientists from Queen’s University Belfast, are using powerful telescopes to study the chemical make-up of the small rocky object, which was first identified through a telescope in Hawaii last week. Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, from the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s, described the discovery as sending a “shiver down your spine.” Commenting on the project, he said: "By Wednesday this week it became almost certain this object was alien to our solar system. “We immediately started studying it that night with the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands, then on Thursday night with the Very Large Telescope in Chile," he added. The first bits of data on the fast-moving object, catchily named A/2017 U1, show it is already on its way back out into the stars after flying close the sun last month. It is also believed it has been drifting through the galaxy for millions or even billions of years, before entering our solar system by chance. It’s thought it was thrown out of another star system during a planet’s formation. Related Articles
As the legend goes: Pheidippides who ran to Athens to bring news of the Victory over the Persions at the battle of Marathon. Arrived and exclaimed 'Nike! Nike! Joy to you!' Collapsed on the spot and then with his dying breath repeated, "Joy to you!"... and died.
I just remembered something I read a while ago: "These peoples name, Raramuri, translates as those who walk well. A reserved people, they are in fact famous for their ability to run great distances. Wearing only thin sandals, some Raramuri are known to cross 100 to 200 miles in only a few days. They have carried on kickball races for 450 miles, running day and night in difficult terrain. Runners from these southern barrancas recently came to Colorado to participate in a 100-mile ultramarathon on rough trails over timberline mountains. When they arrived, they made sandals by stripping old ca... [More]
Hi guys, I'm the lady in the article, Nicola Love's, partner and Support Team! I just wanted to answer a few of the points you have raised in your comments here. It really has been amazing what she has done. I've been with her on most of the days, except when I've been at work, and watching her has been inspiring. It hasn't been easy, and this was part of the challenge, but her determination and the reasons she was doing it got her through. I've seen her on her good days and bad. I've sometimes had to drag her out of bed, forced her to eat when she's been out running, and kept look out wh... [More]
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100% concur with paperdryer - the Ancients recorded the most significant events they witnessed. Over time these became wrapping in mysticism and religion but if you study the original documents the kernel of prehistoric truth slumbers there. Not just the Old Testament, but many antique texts, such as the Vedas.
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Great deduction. A whole lot better than this one: "Modern English translations, which follow the King James translation of 1611, usually interpret this text to mean that the sun and moon stopped moving," said Prof Humphreys. Really? Modern translations still write this? Give me a break!. I still say we need a new translation directly from the Dead Sea Scrolls if they can be scanned without destroying them.
Government of Andhra Pradesh: Agriculture Department – Budget Estimate 2017-18 – Budget Release Order for Rs. 1,48,50,000/- (Rupees One crore Forty eight lakhs Fifty thousands only) – Administrative SanctionMonday, February 19 2018