Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 09/26/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A TASTE OF EVIL is a mix of horror and sci-fi films. One odd man out worth mentioning is "How Awful About Alan," an Aaron Spelling made-for-TVer about a man with psychosomatic blindness who's convinced that someone is trying to kill him. This is more of a mystery film than anything, and a rather tepid one at that.
"The Brain that Wouldn't Die" is the famous disembodied head in a pan of water later copied in the sci-fi spoof "Mars Attacks!"
The "Giant Leeches" are typically fakey-looking Roger Corman creations. This movie has the appearance of being filmed at a swimming pool overgrown with shrubbery.
The rest here are the common PD stuff offered on many a DVD box set.
For an enormously diverse sci-fi/horror collection, try HORROR 100 MOVIE PACK.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(2.8) Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959) - Ken Clark/Yvette Vickers
(4.5) The Black Room (1984) - Stephen Knight/Cassandra Gava/Christopher McDonald
(4.3) Bloody Pit Of Horror (Italy/USA-1965) - Mickey Hargitay/Walter Brandi
(3.2) The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - Jason Evers/Virginia Leath/Leslie Daniels
(3.8) Bride Of The Gorilla (1951) - Lon Chaney Jr./Raymond Burr
(2.6) Eegah (1962) - Arch Hall Jr./Richard Kiel
(2.9) The Giant Gila Monster (1959) - Don Sullivan/Fred Graham
(3.1) The Giant Spider Invasion (1975) - Steve Brodie/Barbara Hale/Alan Hale Jr./Leslie Parrish
(5.6) How Awful About Alan (TV-1970) - Anthony Perkins/Julie Harris/Joan Hackett
(2.1) Invasion From Inner Earth (1974) - Paul Bentzen/Debbi Pick/Nick Holt
(4.8) King Of The Zombies (1941) - Dick Purcell/Joan Woodbury/Mantan Moreland
(4.4) The She-Beast (UK/Italy-1966) - Barbara Steele/John Karlsen"
R. Epstein | USA | 08/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here's what you get...
This volume of the BLOOD SOAKED CINEMA series collects 12 low-budget horror flicks with campy science-fiction themes: in THE BLACK ROOM (1984), a brother and sister kill off unsuspecting thrillseekers after luring them to their Hollywood home with the promise of sexual favors; in THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975), a meteor crashes to the ground in a small Wisconsin town and releases thousands of alien spiders; in INVASION FROM INNER EARTH (1974), a group of airplane pilots barricade themselves in a cabin in the woods to escape a worldwide alien invasion; in HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLEN (1970), a blind man racked with guilt for his father's death is manipulated by his sadistic sister; in BRIDE OF THE GORILLA (1951), a South American plantation owner changes into a gorilla and terrorizes his wife; in THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959), a Texas town is threatened by a gigantic lizard; in EEGAH (1962), a blonde teenybopper falls in love with a million-year-old Cro-Magnon man she finds living in the desert; in ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (1959), the irradiated creatures grow huge in a Southern bayou; in SHE BEAST (1966), an 18th-century witch reincarnates as a modern woman on her honeymoon; in KING OF THE ZOMBIES (1941), a mad doctor creates an army of zombies to use as the ultimate fighting machines; in THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962), a mad scientist searches for the perfect body for his fiancée's severed head when he accidentally decapitates her in a car accident; and in BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965), a group of models stumble into an apparently abandoned castle owned by an unhinged actor."