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I just want to point out that SwapaDVD has, for some reason, given this the credits for THE HOLCROFT COVENANT. The plot summary provided is also for that film. Actually, this is a 5-disc set containing ten horror movies: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (the original), THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (also the original), THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA, JACK THE RIPPER (the one with Klaus Kinski), DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (not to be confused with the Santa slasher movie SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT), MOON OF THE WOLF, SNOWBEAST, SCREAM OF THE WOLF, and WOLFMAN (not, alas, the one with Lon Chaney, or the one with Anthony Hopkins, but the Earl Owensby version).
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Mistakes all around...
W. M. Eckstein | New Jersey | 12/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All of the reviews of this film are INCORRECT!! So be very cautious when reading them... This "Vault of Horror" is the 1973 Amicus film anthology made by the same people who made "Tales from the Crypt" and "House That Dripped Blood". It has nothing to do with that "lousy" boxed set everyone is reviewing here. This was actually a rather fun, black comedy series of tales about 5 men trapped in a tower basement who tell their nighmares to each other. Each ending with gruesome ends, that follows events they created in their own lives. This was 1 of a number of films made in the last 60's, early 70's dealing with this same genre, and it's a shame we here in the USA have no avaliability to get any of them on DVD, with the exception of Torture Garden and House that Dripped Blood. Asylum, also made by Amicus was quickly released a few years back, but is now gone. I am waiting for both Tales from the Crypt, the 1972 thriller and Vault of Horror from 1973 to be released. So when reading other reviews here, be careful, they are describing "The Vault of Horror" boxed sets of garbage films, not this well acted and fun thriller from 1973. Hope this helps to clarify."
Some Good. Some Bad. Nothing Riveting.
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am just going to review every movie on here so you can see which ones are good or bad.(best:***** worst:0)Scream of the Wolf:*** Kind of boring, but still okay
Wolf Man:**** Good Movie. Bad Makeup.
Moon of the Wolf:** Okay Movie. Werewolf looks dumb.
Snowbeast:**** Entertaining. Good Creature but not seen enough.
Silent Night, Bloody Night:0 Boring as HELL!!!
Don't Look in the Basement:0 Huh? Pointless.
Jack the Ripper: 0 (AGAIN) One word why this movie sucks:Dubbing
Satanic Rights of Dracula:**** Very Entertaining.
House on Haunted Hill:***** Very Spooky. Vincent Price is great
Night of Living Dead:***** Scary. Disturbing. Dark. I loved it.Overall, not worth it. Get Night of Living Dead, House on Haunted Hill, and Satanic Rights of Dracula and forget the others."
For addicts only
B-Movie Nightmares | Sparks, NV United States | 07/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, if you've bought any of these Brentwood/BCI Eclipse box sets before you know what to expect. If not, be forewarned that many of these movies are pretty poor quality prints, probably acquired in most cases from VHS versions of the films. On the plus side, you're paying a low price for 10, count 'em, 10 movies. If you're addicted to low budget horror movies like myself, you might just find a few hidden gems here. I will now strain my warped lil' brain and attempt to rank these suckers from worst to best.
(10) Moon of the Wolf. TV movie, pretty dull involving a werewolf. Starring David Janssen, better known for the TV series The Fugitive.
(9) Scream of the Wolf. See above. Starring Peter Graves, better known for TV's Mission Impossible.
(8) The Wolfman. Star Earl Owensby produced several of these cheapies for the Southern drive-in movie market in the 70's. His character turns into a werewolf, as you might have guessed. Hit and miss but picks up in the last 30 minutes when the monster finally goes on a bloody rampage.
(7) Snowbeast. Another TV-movie, but succeeds where our wolven friends failed because it's utterly entertaining crap. It's about an abominable snowman terrorizing a ski resort. Bad dialogue and lots of ugly colorful 70's snow gear add up to the cinematic equivalent of a big-ass handful of Pop Rocks, i.e. a fun junk food movie.
(6) Silent Night, Bloody Night. Weird, kind of artsy 70's flick , for me the highlight was seeing Mary Woronov star as the heroine in what was a pretty straightforward role. Woronov played the evil principal in Rock N' Roll High School and was one of the killers in Eating Raoul, so usually she camps it up quite a bit onscreen. Dull at times, but some effective moments including a strange, Manson family-inspired "flashback" scene at the end.
(5) Jack the Ripper. OK, Eurotrash movie fans, it's the legendary director Jess Franco taking some extreme liberties with the Jack the Ripper legend. Klaus Kinski plays the title role, and there were a couple gore/nudity scenes to please all the pervs (ahem). The only drawback here was a lame ending and the dubbing, but that's to be expected with a lot of these Euro-quickies. Good stuff.
(4) Satanic Rites of Dracula. Many Hammer fans were understandably disappointed in this last installment starring Christopher Lee as the infamous Count. But B-movie fans may take lots of satisfaction in such things as the basement full o' sexy female vamps, and the motorcycle-riding thugs wearing fur coats. I like Chris Lee in almost everything he's done, and this one is no exception except that he's kind of underused.
(3) House on Haunted Hill. This is the original black and white version starring Vincent Price. Normally that would be enough to shoot this one up to the #1 or 2 spot, but the low quality of the print is pretty distracting and makes it look like you're watching the movie through a TV screen that hasn't been dusted or cleaned in awhile. Still, a classic if you've never seen it.
(2) Don't Look in the Basement. Simply put, a 70's trash classic. Extreme, ridiculous, disturbing, funny, I could go on with lots of adjectives to describe this bizarre, no-budget story about a loony bin full of weirdos. Take my word for it and watch it. You may even be surprised how convincing and good some of the acting is here and there.
(1) Night of the Living Dead. If you've never seen it (the original black & white version) dig yourself out from under that slimy rock with Internet access and watch it!!! Watch it!!! Many (including myself) believe this to be the best horror movie of all time. My only disclaimer here would be the fairly poor quality of the print. However, the first couple times in my life I watched this film, I watched a crappy, beat up VHS with even worse picture and it still kicked butt. This film is so good I'd watch it through a swarm of killer bees or a blizzard of flying broken glass if I had to. But if you're already familiar with the film, pick up the Milennium edition, an amazingly clear, crisp remaster that is so good it's like watching a whole different movie.
The moral of this horror story is: a cheap 10-movie set in the hand is, uh, better than paying $20 for a boring, lame movie like Demons III: The Ogre, or Black Demons, or Bloodlust-The Black Forest Vampire. But such is the life of a horror addict."
The best of the worst!
christopher | cincinnati, oh | 10/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i saw this movie on the shelf one day and read the back of the box. i love horror films -- espicially old, cheesy ones. the reason i bought this set was [except for the cheap price] for 'silent night, deadly night'. however, that film isn't on the disc. it's actually 'silent night, bloody night', and older, more psychological film.that kind of bummed me out at first, but then i discovered some treasures! [i had already owned 'night of the living dead', house on haunted hill' and 'pieces' on dvd]. my favorite [aside from the above-mentioned classics] is 'snowbeast'. it's a made-for-tv movie from 1977 about a yeti-like monster attacking a ski resort. it stars yvette mimieux and sylvia sidney [best known from tim burton films]. yes it's horrible, but it is quite entertaining.as for none of these movies being remastered, that's fine with me. it only adds to the charm seeing these movies when they were actually released. i already own a remastered 'night of the living dead', so seeing this one is just like seeing it on television when i was eight or nine. extreme nostalgia!if you are a horror movie fan and not expecting too much from a movie [which you can't with any horror film], don't need much in the way of extras [there are some cast and film info for some of the movies], and you're just looking for some dumb fun, i highly recommend this collection.i also recommend its sister sets, 'fright night' and 'tales of terror', each with 10 so-bad-they're-good horror films!"
Average movies, great value!
trashcanman | Hanford, CA United States | 04/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Definitely worth getting if you're looking to fatten up your horror collection. These movies vary from absolute classics ("Night of the Living Dead" and "House on Haunted Hill") to entertaining ("Snowbeast" and all of the werewolf movies) to downright boring (I literally slept through "Silent Night, Deadly Night"). I really enjoyed seeing all of these forgotten horror films that I probably would never have heard of, much less seen, had I not picked this collection up on a whim. If are a true horror fanatic, there's no question about it; you must own this set. If you are a casual horror fan looking for some serious gore and high-quality scares, don't bother. You won't find much of that here."