SO BAD IT'S ... WELL, BAD.
Guy De Federicis | east of here | 01/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cheap DVD collection has surprisingly fine video transfers of three very bad horror films, one trash classic and four episodes of the very early TV show (1949), "Starring Boris Karloff", retitled here as "The Veil", and incorrectly titled on the DVD cover as a Vincent Price vehicle. Horror diva Barbara Steele is "She Beast", a violent and ugly flick about a witch stepping out of her tomb in modern day Transylvania, "Bloody Pit of Horror" is a crude and bloody (maimings galore!) cheap Euro flick about a fashion shoot in a haunted castle, B movie classic "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" finds a surgeon keeping the head of his fiance alive while he searches for new body parts, and "King of The Zombies" is a laughable South Sea island zombie fest about a mad doctor training zombies to fight the allies in WWII. The episodes of the early television series, "Starring Boris Karloff" is the most interesting thing here, an anthological forerunner to "The Twilight Zone", hosted by Karloff who takes a role in each episode, the prints look well preserved, there is a fantastic roaring fire in a fireplace at the start of each episode and the program boasts a sincere interest in the supernatural, as all the episodes are allegedly based on real events. All in all, this DVD is well worth it's cheap price, the movies are adoringly bad, and the TV show proves that early programs were not entirely without sophistication."