A mixed bag
Tony R. Tucker | Crewe, VA United States | 10/20/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD based solely on the creepiness of the female vampire featured on the cover. I honestly didn't know what to expect. Here's what I got...The "film" quality was horrid. The movie seemed to be filmed with a home camcorder, including terrible lighting and poor sound quality. Some of the dialogue sounded like it was recorded on a tape deck with a hand held microphone jammed into the actors mouths.Acting was sub par all around. At times the cast overacted (the interrogated man) or passively drone out their lines (the haunted blonde). Now, before you begin to think I have nothing nice to say about the film, let me assure you that it does have some redeeming points. The brunette vampire was very good and seemed to enjoy her part. The efx, while hampered by an obviously low budget, were convincing. The blood was a very, very realistic color. It may seem like a small thing, but believe me, off-color blood can ruin a scene's believability quicker than bad acting.As some other reviewers mentioned, the stories were pretty original. I especially liked the one about the lady in the car and the vampire tale. It is unfortunate that Steve Sessions used black and white for the vampire scene, thereby losing the effect of those great red contact lenses.I give the film 4 stars for story, 2 stars for quality, and 3 stars for acting. A 3-star average. Rent it if you can. Then, if you enjoy it, consider purchasing it. It includes some behind the scenes features including better shots of the vampire girls."
Better Than Expected
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Cremains is a low-budget but better-than-expected anthology-style horror program. In the first episode, a woman travels to the haunted town of Wyndham, Mississippi (evidently the Arkham of the Deep South), to become the sacrificial victim of a sinister force that emerges only once in a blue moon--literally. The second episode is non-supernatural, with a serial kiler stalking and murdering teen-age boys. The third episode features everyone's fave horror theme, lesbian vampires. And the fourth episode involves an experiment in necromancy that goes horribly wrong (and also provides the basis for the framing sequence through which the four stories are told).There are some technical lapses, as noted in the other reviews, mostly with the sound, but I give this movie credit for attempting something more than the usual rehashed EC-style horror tales."
Leo Zemke | 09/03/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film was great. The stories were well put together. The story about the vampires was the most frightning. If you like to watch the Tales From the Crypt series then you will love this!"
Great old fashioned horror anthology
Leo Zemke | Montgomery, Alabama | 08/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The opening scene was unneeded and the first segment needed better explanation, but most of the movie was GREAT! some really scarey scenes, alot of beautiful babes! the vampire scene was my favorite, the two girls were hot in that one! followed by the last story with the hideous cremainder monster in it!!!! Great soundtrack, and lots of blood and gore I really enjoyed the movie! it would be great for HALLOWEEN!"