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Movie Review: THE VAULT

This one had slipped under my radar, but on the recommendation of a friend (actually a recommendation on the part of my lovely wife’s friend) I decided to check it out. I’m glad I did.

It’s really a shame that James Franco’s career is in dire straits these days, thanks to those accusations of sexual misconduct, because the guy is talented. As the lead in THE VAULT, he provides a sympathetic, grounded anchor for all the craziness going down around him. That, and the realistic depiction of the victims and the attempts to make even the villains of the film relatable, make it all the more effective when the bad stuff starts happening. Even though it’s happening mostly to the “bad guys.”

The premise of THE VAULT is simple: a group of criminals decide to rob a bank that turns out to be haunted. There’s a vault in the basement of the building, where the ghosts of all the victims of a previous massacre are trapped. When the bank robbers break into that vault, the angry spirits are released. And they are out for blood. Simple premise, but the acting is solid, the characterization is good, the atmosphere is appropriately chilling, and the scary stuff is executed very proficiently. The fact that you sorta feel bad for the bank robbers keeps you involved–the one necessary element for any good “scary” movie.

I recommend THE VAULT. Well worth checking out.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here:


TheCheezman • April 30, 2018

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