Vault of Horror, The

Date: 1973
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Production Company: Metromedia Producers Corporation, Amicus Productions

Stars: Terry-Thomas, Curd Jürgens, Tom Baker, Dawn Addams, Denholm Elliott, Michael Craig
Location(s): London, Surrey

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Five men trapped in the basement vault of an office building share visions with each other of their demise.

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An establishing shot starts to pan as the titles roll. The Houses of Parliament from Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1.

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Taken from the back of the Riverside Cafe and Bar which is as near as I could get on Lambeth Pier. SJ

The pan continues and Lambeth Bridge comes into view. London SE1. The area was also seen in 'George and Mildred', The Cracksman', 'A Dandy in Aspic', 'The Naked Truth', 'Midnight Lace' and 'Too Hot to Handle'.

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A lot more security now. But this is the exact spot, as I rotate left, though the buildings haven't come out very well. SJ

The pan settles on the building where five men become trapped in a basement vault. Looking over Lambeth Bridge from Lambeth Palace Road in SE1 at Millbank Tower on Millbank SW1.

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The exact spot with all the obelisks lined up with correct behaviour. SJ

In Midnight Mess, the first story, Harold Rodgers (Daniel Massey) tracks down his sister Donna. The Vineyard in Richmond, Surrey.

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RL gives way his 2013 shot for Alan Hoare acting the part and hoping for an Oscar.

Harold knocks at the door. The Vineyard.

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'I didn't have the courage to ring the bell'. (RL)

When his sister doesn't answer the door, Harold heads towards a restaurant where he later becomes dish of the day for a town full of vampires. The Vineyard, Richmond.

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'If it wasn't a blue phone box what was it?' (RL)

Only two establishing shots of the bungalow where Arthur and Eleanor Critchit live in the second story, The Neat Job. Identified by Julian Manhood, this bungalow stands on Copsem Lane, Esher in Surrey.

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And Julian provides this picture to prove the location.

The Critchit's home from a different perspective. Copsem Lane in Esher, near the corner of Haymeads Drive found by Julian Manhood.

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Julian's modern view highlights a few alterations to the property.

The fourth segment, Bargain in Death, tells the tale of Maitland, who is buried alive as part of an insurance scam. This is St. Andrews Church on Church Road in Ham, Richmond confirmed by Julian Manhood.

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More proof from Julian.

Trainee doctors Tom (Robin Nedwell) and Jerry (Geoffrey Davies) run from the church yard - no it hasn't turned into an episode of Doctor in the House! St Andrews Church, Church Lane, Richmond.

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Julian captures the almost unchanged Lychgate on Church Road, Ham.

In the final segment, Drawn and Quartered, impoverished artist Moore (Tom Baker) arrives in England from Haiti. St Margaret's Road, Twickenham, Surrey (now Greater London) with St Margaret's station to the right.

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'And still "positive" shop facias are in vogue'. (RL)

Moore's hand has been given voodoo power and whatever he paints or draws can be harmed by damaging its image.

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Richard Lovejoy took this now and mourns the loss of the Zebra Crossing. St Margaret's Road, Twickenham. The street was seen from the opposite direction in 'Strongroom' and 'Emergency'.

Later in the tale, Moore attempts to hail a cab to go and retrieve his watch that was left at a murder scene. Sheen Lane, Mortlake, London SW14

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Ian Hedgcock provides a "now" revealing some changes. (RL)

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A taxi stops but someone else gets in first. Sheen Lane at the junction with Colston Road in SW14.

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Another cab appears but the driver signals that he is on a job already. Peter Stanford locates this as Upper Richmond Road, a few hundred yards down from the War Memorial from image vauho013.

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An agitated Moore looks for another cab.

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Finally, a taxi pulls over. But as Moore runs across the road towards it . . . . . . Upper Richmond Road West at the corner of Leinster Avenue, Richmond.