The Vault of Horror (1973)

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Amicus (Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg) was the only other production company attempting to give Hammer a run for their money in the 60s and early 70s and this was another in their series of portmanteau films, adapted from stories by William Gaines. Five men are trapped in the basement of an office building and share their recurring nightmares. My favourite is the one with Terry-Thomas and Glynis Johns and their fabulous bungalow filled with vinyl wallpaper, anglepoise lamps and a mod kitchen. There’s also fun to be had in seeing Robin Nedwell (from TV’s Doctor in the House) and Arthur Mullard – and then finding out who’s really top dog at the end. Not really terrifying, more of a mood piece about male anxiety.

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