EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|VAULT OF HORROR, THE (Tales from the Crypt, Part II) (director: Roy Ward Baker; screenwriters: Milton Subotsky/from the Comic Book stories by Al Feldstein and William M. Gaines; cinematographer: Denys N. Coop; editor: Oswald Hafenrichter; music: Douglas Gamley; cast: Midnight Mess: Daniel Massey (Rogers), Anna Massey (Donna), Jerold Wells (Waiter), Michael Pratt (Private Eye). The Neat Job: Terry-Thomas (Critchit), Glynis Johns (Eleanor Critchit). This Trick’ll Kill You: Curt Jurgens (Sebastian), Dawn Addams (Inez), Jasmina Hilton (Indian Girl), Paul Daniels (Fakir). Bargain in Death: Michael Craig (Maitland), Edward Judd (Alex), Robin Nedwell (Tom), Geoffrey Davis (Jerry), Arthur Mullard (Gravedigger). Drawn and Quartered: Tom Baker (Moore), Denholm Elliott (Dilitant), Terence Alexander (Breedley), John Witty (Gaskill); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Max Rosenberg/Milton Subotsky; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 1973-UK)|
failed to get
out of it."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
It's the first sequel to 1972's horror hit Tales from the Crypt. The Amicus company, in their sixth portmanteau film, had Roy Ward Baker ("The Monster Club"/"Asylum"/"The Vampire Lovers") direct this adaptation of various E. C. Comics horror stories from the 1950s written by Al Feldstein and William M. Gaines; the script is by Milton Subotsky. But, despite a talented all-star cast, the script was just too flat and Baker failed to get any oomph out of it, as it was visually stagnant and shot in too straightforward of a manner to resonate with black humor or scares. None of the five horror stories —Midnight Mess, The Neat Job,This Trick'll Kill You, Bargain In Death and Drawn And Quartered—are memorable; it's more a decent film than an exciting one.
It has five men trapped in the basement vault of a London office building share visions with each other of their weird dreams. The stories revolve around vampires, bodily dismemberment, eastern mysticism, an insurance scam, and an artist who kills for revenge by painting his victims' deaths.
The Neat Job
This Trick'll Kill You
Bargain In Death
Drawn And Quartered
REVIEWED ON 10/30/2008 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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