A bargain! Pass this up at your own risk!
Mark Shanks | Portland, OR | 04/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you've gone so far as to look this one up, you may as well take my word for it and purchase it before they're all gone. It's that simple. OK, no one expects Ingmar Bergman when we're talking about "The Killer Shrews", and the good folks at MST had *their* take on it. It *is* silly - the "shrews" are dogs with rubber fangs and carpet remnants glued on - heck, you can even see some of them wagging their tails. But still, this is the good old-fashioned cheese: no pretensions, no frills, and prime material for your own riffing (or to wax nostalgic over, recalling some rainy Saturday afternoon when you were stuck with this or watching professional bowling....)And to continue in the MST mode, you get a "Gumby" feature - the very same "robot" feature that we saw on MST! (Sigh - I would have preferred a different "Gumby", or better yet, how about a "Bosko"?) But the treat on this disc is "I Bury The Living" - a "waste no time" thriller starring Richard Boone (looking a LOT like a poor man's Vincent Price here) as the reluctant chairman of the local cemetary. Poor man finds out about 15 minutes after being sworn in that when he sticks a black pin (indicating deceased) into a map of the cemetary's plots (instead of a white one, indicating "lot purchased"), well, the owner is going to buy the farm, and darned soon, too. Neat, uncomplicated, fast-moving: "Twilight Zone" would have been proud to have this one. The transfers? THAT'S the surprise - they're pretty good! Oh, sure, "I Bury The Living" has some dark spots, but I'm willing to wager that the original print looks like that. "Shrews" is just as good, even if the movie is kid stuff.So - trailers, a cartoon, and two decent (well, let's say "watchable", ok?) old-tyme "Creature Features" for about a ten-spot. That's about the best bargain I've seen in a LONG time. I can't speak for the other "Double Features", but this one is a "best buy". Now, if we could only get "Angry Red Planet" and "Journey to the Seventh Planet" on one of these things....."
FUN DVD's and the Power Of Cheese
Sheila Chilcote-Collins | Collinswood, Van Wert, OH USA | 05/18/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"OH THE POWER OF CHEESE!I love schlock! I can't help it, I just do. I have several of these Killer Creature Double Features and I think that they are great. The whole drive-in motif and the cartoon intermissions are really fabulous.The Killer Shrews is a good way to see James Best (remember Roscoe P. Coltraine from the Dukes Of Hazzard?) Well, this is Roscoe, only MUCH younger. The Shrews (poor dogs dressed up with fangs and long hair) are a stitch.I Bury The Living is a surprisingly good movie and not as schlocky as The Killer Shrews.I like watching films of this nature and these DVD's are a steal! Yes, the quality isn't there, but who..[cares]! The lines and poor sound actually ADD to the whole experience. For those of you who are HARD CORE DVD lovers, this is bad news for you . But I think that the [bad] quality is great. It's like listening to an old LP on a turntable... To view all of the Killer Creature Double Features, just do a search under : MADACY They are the distributor of these gems....Keep em' coming Madacy!"