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Great value for what you get
Tony R. Tucker | Crewe, VA United States | 06/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In the past I have seen many, many collections of "classic" films, which turn out to be low-budget garbage, straight-to-video junk, and stuff you have never heard of before. "Classics", right?I saw this collection for $20. At $1.00 per movie I gave the movie list a quick look. I immediately saw 2 films (Jack the Ripper & Deep Red) which I had seen and liked and another (God Told Me To) that I knew of but hadn't seen. So I bought it not expecting much from the other 17 films.Finally I finished watching all 20 and I'd say there are a mix of 50/50 good and bad. Here are the films in order:1. "Moon of the Wolf" - Made For TV, decent werewolf film with The Fugitive's David Janssen.2. "Sisters of Death" - Maybe made for TV. Not sure. 3. "Dominique is Dead" - So-so Made for TV starring Cliff Robertson.4. "Messiah of Evil" - Weird, but fairly good zombie film.5. "Devil's Nightmare" - I actually had this on VHS under the title "The Devil Walks At Midnight". DVD includes cannibal-erotic "hostess" writhing all over 2 nude cannibal women as they introduce the film. Must have been from some previous video release. The film is very good, but the vampire/cannibal beginning just needs to be skipped.6. "Cathy's Curse" - Too bloody for it to be Made for TV (at least I think it is). Disappointing movie that really doesn't go anywhere. The mother is just annoying.7. "Horror Hotel" - A black and white Christopher Lee film. Very gothic. Reminded me a lot of "Black Sunday" by Mario Bava, except this film is about witchcraft.8. "God told Me To" - Very interesting premise devolves into some sci-fi mind-job. Watch and decide.9. "Deep Red" - Underappreciated Dario Argento movie. Thick Argento atmosphere, bloody and weird.10. "Christmas Evil" - Worst.. Christmas... Horror... Movie... Ever...11. "Don't Look In The Basement" - My wife and I made the mistake of watching this one first. It made her not want to watch any of the others. Just boring, not scary.12. "Satanic Rites of Dracula" - Worse Christopher Lee Dracula movie I have ever seen. I can't believe Peter Cushing agreed to this movie either.13. "Web of the Spider" - So-so. More proof that Klaus Kinski was one of the freakiest horror stars ever.14. "Circus of Fear" - More Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski. Ok movie, but it's like they wanted to keep the actual plot a secret from you. Very muddy.15. "House on the Edge of the Park" - If you have seen "Last House on the Left", you have pretty much seen this. This even has David Hess playing virtually the same character as he did in "Last House".16. "Jack the Ripper" - Klaus Kinski as Jack. Very gory movie. If you try and forget that NOTHING in the movie corresponds to the actual Ripper murders, it's a decent movie.17. "Die Sister Die" - Not my cup of tea. Very slow and boring.18. "Lady Frankenstein" - Another instance where they use the name of a famous film to push a bad movie on you.19. "The Werewolf & The Vampire Woman" - I saw this movie at the drive-in when I was a kid (snuck in). This is a VERY good movie! Very gothic, great vampires, fantastic werewolf. This print of murky and the film has been heavily editted. No nudity in it now, but when it was at the drive-in it was practically x-rated.20. "Wolfman" - decent werewolf movie hampered by the worst actor in history. He was the producer though which is how he got the job. Sure, this collection is a mixed bag, but WELL worth the cost. Lots of entertainment for the cost of one new release big budget 2-hour over-produced movie. Buy it if you can find it."
You get what you pay for
Arlington J. Trombley Jr. | Malone, NY United States | 06/01/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
After further review I decided this set is worth 3 stars. There are some good movies here once you get past the poor sound quality and video. I also picked up similar horror sets and this one is actually a bit better than others. It is well worth the cost since a new release movie is more money and not really all that much better in terms of story, plot or acting.
Every once in a while I get into a mood where I want to watch horror movies. Years ago I rented every movie my local video store had to offer. I saw some classics and some really bad ones. Most of the movies on this collection are worse than bad. But I like bad movies. I can usually see something good in most movies.
What I do not like is the misleading caption of "digitally remastered". To me all this meant for this collection was that some horrible originals were burned to DVD. The picture quality is horrendous and since many of these are supposed to be horror "classics" there are many dark scenes which are so muddy that you can not really ever see what is going on. The sound is sometimes worse than the video. Imagine watching TV 20 years ago with no cable and an antenna that could pick up a fairly strong local TV channel. That is what watching this set is like.
I am not completely disappointed but I don't think I would ever buy a collection from this distributor again. As I said in the title, "you get what you pay for", and at a little more than a buck per movie you are not getting much."