A dozen doses of death
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 09/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Highlights of this collection are a cult favorite that's set at an abandoned amusement park, a star-studded made-for-TV fright film and a journey into the seamy underbelly of the big city.
"Carnival of Souls" grows in stature with each passing year. Candace Hilligoss is perfectly cast as a woman detached from humanity after the car she was riding in plunges off a bridge into a river, and she emerges as the lone survivor.
"Death at Love House" has the restrictions of 1970s network TV working against it, in spite of an outstanding cast. In this one, a young man is possessed by the spirit of a dead movie queen-- a woman who once had an affair with his father.
"God Told Me To" has a Catholic police detective investigating murders he believes are related to the occult underworld in NYC.
For another dozen dark and deadly movies check out BLOOD SOAKED CINEMA: A TASTE OF EVIL.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(7.1) Carnival Of Souls (1961) - Candace Hilligoss/Sidney Berger/Herk Harvey/Frances Feist
(3.8) Cathy's Curse (France/Canada-1977) - Alan Scarfe/Beverly Murray
(5.1) Death at Love House (TV-1976) - Robert Wagner/Kate Jackson/Sylvia Sidney/Joan Blondell/John Carradine/Dorothy Lamour/Bill Macy
(1.4) Die Hard Dracula (1998) - Bruce Glover/Denny Sachem/Kerry Dustin
(4.4) Dominique Is Dead ("Dominique") (UK-1978) - Cliff Robertson/Jean Simmons/Ron Moody/David Tomlinson
(5.5) The Ghost (Italy-1963) - Barbara Steele/Peter Baldwin
(2.3) Girls Nite Out (1984) - Julia Montgomery/James Carroll/Rutanya Alda
(6.2) God Told Me To (1976) - Tony Lo Bianco/Sandy Dennis/Sylvia Sidney
(3.6) Good Against Evil (TV-1977) - Dack Rambo/Dan O'Herlihy/Kim Cattrall (minor role)
The Harvesters (2000) - Diane Luby Lane/Robert Lee/Krystal Amber
(4.7) Invisible Ghost (1941) - Bela Lugosi/Polly Ann Young
(5.0) Unhinged (1982) - Laurel Munson/Janet Penner/Sara Ansley"