‘Video Vault’

Reviews of horror and sci-fi classics, and movies on video including DVD, Blu-ray, and yes, even the venerable VHS!

Movie Mini-Review: Deranged – Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)


This movie may never get out from under the shadow of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which came out the same year and was also inspired by the notorious Ed Gein. And it’s too bad, because this is a terrific flick. Like TCM, it is very low-budget and raw, which gives both films a ‘cinema verite’ […]

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (BluRay Review)


I’m fairly eclectic when it comes to horror films. I enjoy the whole spectrum of fright flicks, from the Universal Classics to the atomic age monsters, from Eurohorror to American slashers, I am a fan of all kinds of terror tales on the silver screen. But when I want to evoke the feeling of gothic […]

Top 10 Creature Features


All top ten lists are highly subjective, so let’s just be clear here: these are MY top 10 creature features, not the results of scientifically sound survey or research.  Oh, and I limited my selection to ‘inhumanoid’ creatures, so humanoid monsters like Hannibal Lecter and Dracula are not in this list.  Obviously, not everyone’s favorite […]

Movie Review: Absentia (2011)


7 years ago, Tricia’s husband went missing.  Now, she’s moved on, is pregnant, and her sister is back in town to help with the baby.  And to help file the paperwork to receive the death certificate.  That’s when Tricia starts seeing him again.

Video Vault Review: ‘Halloween: 10-31-78’ The Limited EditionBox Set [VHS] (1978)


Back in the days before DVDs, and long before BluRay, there was the venerable VHS. And on September 1st, 1998, Anchor Bay released Halloween: 10-31-78 – The Limited Edition VHS Box Set, just in time for for the movie’s 20th anniversary. Niceties like deleted scenes and making-of featurettes were a rarity back then, due to […]

Movie Mini-Review: The Lost Boys (1987)


The public will never let Joel Schumacher live down his Batman movies, but let’s not forget that before there were nipples on the Batsuit, there was The Lost Boys. I think it’s Schumacher’s taste that made this movie what it is: the essence of cool. It was one of the first movies to make vampires […]

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