31 Days of Halloween — Day 14: Vault of Horror (1973) — by Sal Roma

HMP Vault of HorrorEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show who goes by the screen-name “Sal Roma” … You can follow Sal on Twitter @JTalley986 and on Letterboxd at @Sal_Roma

Title: Vault of Horror
Alternate Title: Tales from the Crypt II
Year: 1973
Director: Roy Ward Baker

Five strangers enter an elevator in an ordinary office building. However, the elevator disregards their intended destinations, instead bringing them down to the sub-basement. There, the men find five chairs waiting for them around a table, it’s only when they step out of the elevator to check the basement out that they realize that there’s not a button to re-open the elevator doors. In order to pass the time, the men decide to share nightmares that each have been having that represent their fears or obsessions.

After enjoying watching the original Tales from the Crypt film from 1972, I became interested in the Amicus Productions follow-up anthology film, Vault of Horror. Like Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror was originally an EC horror comic from the 1950s. In fact, one of my favorite episodes of the Tales from the Crypt television show and segments from the original ‘72 movie, “And All Through the House…” was taken from a Vault of Horror comic. Like Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror presents a very simple wraparound story to allow five unwitting guests to share personal stories, or in this case previous nightmares, to each other. It is interesting to note that while Tales from the Crypt did feature one Vault of Horror story, the actual Vault of Horror film does not contain a single story that was originally featured in the Vault of Horror comic series. It’s no wonder why one of the alternate titles for Vault of Horror is simply Tales from the Crypt II. Another oddity is that Vault of Horror is missing a host of any kind. Where’s the Vault-Keeper?

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