Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Vault Of Horror (1973) [PG-rated US DVD Cut]

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Summing It Up:
The second Amicus anthology based on EC Comics' Tales From The Crypt series. Five men wind up in the basement vault of an office building where they each share their own horrific stories.

Quick Thoughts: 
As I said in my post on the original Tales From The Crypt (read it HERE), I am a huge fan of the old EC comic book series. Still this was the first time that I ever got around to watching this particular film in its entirety. I'm glad that I did, but I wish I had watched something other than the DVD edition that FOX released (it was included as part of a two-pack with 1972's Tales From The Crypt).

To be more specific, I am referring to the fact that the version of the film on that disc (the only US DVD version of the film that is available outside of fan-made bootlegs) is cut from its original R-rated form into a PG-rated edition. How did they do it? Well, they simply chose to cut the death scenes out and insert awkward still frames from each of them. Yes, that looks as ridiculous as it sounds...

That being said, the cuts don't really ruin the film, per se. In fact, they make it kind of laughable in a way. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating this version (I think it was originally cut this way for TV broadcast), and if the British DVD versions - which are uncut - didn't have awful transfers, I would pick one of them up. However, I don't feel that this film warrants another purchase unless a pristine, uncut version surfaces (maybe on Blu-ray?).

All in all, it's a fun movie; though slightly less entertaining than the original Tales film that was made the year before (this was supposed to be a sequel of sorts). The rating below pertains to this (poorly) edited edition. Had it been uncut, I would have given it a half-splatter more (the same as I gave Tales).


3 out of 5


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