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The Vault of Horror (1973)

As we saw recently with The Abominable Dr. Phibes, the film was so successful that it spawned an immediate sequel. This was also the case with Tales From the Crypt, which spawned The Vault of Horror, another horror film inspired by the EC comic of the same name and of the same style as its predecessor. EC horror comics were known for their sly albeit dark humor, and in this sequel we are treated to Glynis Johns and Terry-Thomas in the segment 'The Neat Job', wherein the obsessively neat Arthur Critchit (Terry-Thomas) marries Eleanor (Glynis Johns), a "young" trophy wife who is not quite the domestic goddess he hoped for. His constant nagging about the mess she makes eventually drives her mad. Upon his shouting at her, "Can't you do anything neatly?", she kills him with a hammer and cuts up the corpse, putting all the different organs into neatly labeled jars. Again, this film is an anthology and there are five independent segments, with poetic justice aplenty.

As was the case with its predecessor, this is NOT a film suitable for children.


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