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Back in the 60's and 70's, a company called Amicus delivered a string of
noteworthy anthology horror films. This five story collection is adapted from
tales first told in the E.C. horror comics of the 1950's, and it's a good and
ghoulish cinematic adaptation. An excellent British cast brings this movie to
life, as well as sterling, stylish photography by Norman Warwick and fun music
by Douglas Gamley; film also makes good use of Bachs' Toccata and Fugue in D
Death Lives in the Vault of Horror!
Five strangers go with a tourist group to view old caves. Separated from the main group, they find themselves in a room with the mysterious Crypt Keeper, who details how each of the strangers will die.
...And All Through the House - After Joanne Clayton (Joan Collins) kills her husband on Christmas Eve, she prepares to hide his body but hears a radio announcement stating that a homicidal maniac (Oliver MacGreevy) is on the loose.
Reflection of Death - Carl Maitland (Ian Hendry) abandons his family to be with Susan Blake (Angela Grant). After they drive off together, they are involved in a car accident. He wakes up in the wrecked car and attempts to hitchhike home but, no one will stop for him.
Poetic Justice - Edward Elliott (David Markham) and his son James (Robin Phillips) are a snobbish pair who resent their neighbour, retired garbage man Arthur Grymsdyke (Peter Cushing) who owns a number of animals and entertains children at his house.
Wish You Were Here - Businessman Ralph Jason (Richard Greene) is close to financial ruin. His wife Enid (Barbara Murray) discovers a Chinese figurine and wishes for a fortune.
Blind Alleys - Major William Rogers (Nigel Patrick), the new director of a home for the blind, makes drastic financial cuts, reducing heat and rationing food for the residents, while he lives in luxury with Shane, his Belgian Malinois.