Retromedia has made an interesting compilation of early horror films that are genereally forgotten today,only familiar to readers of George Turner and Michael Price's "Forgotten Horrors" book series.
The choices are adequate,but uneven...especially in quality.
The films themselves are decent,but the prints are not remastered in the least and are rather muddy and murky and/or too pale.
This makes the 20.00 price tag particularly hard to swallow,especially since the titles are now available elsewhere at much cheaper prices(ex.The Phantom(1931) is now part of one of those MillCreek box sets,same quality,with 49(!) other movies for the same price!
I had purchased this at a Borders when it first came out,and enjoyed it enough to reccomend it to the Classic film buff and curious horror fan.
Here's the films:
The Phantom(1931)-Old dark house thriller with a maniac loose in a house and his accomplice called "The Thing".
Somewhat slow moving,but laced with humor and atmosphere,this ends up being one of the more peculiar of the Old Dark House thrilers of the decade.
The Intruder(1931)-BIZARRE early 30s film about people that get in a shipwreck end up on an island and have to fight for survival,what with a criminal(Harry Cording) and a totally over the top Mischa Auer,who hangs out with a Gorilla and keeps skeletons in his cave/home,which he likes to stab frequently.
He even brings one with him to rest on the sundeck of the rescue ship that rescues the survivors at the end!
Totally insane and alot of fun,this is a reason to purchase the set.
Tangled Destinies(1932)-Not very horrorific,but very entertaining film about a group of people who get lost in a storm and have to land an airplane on the outskirts of Los Angeles,where they take refuge in an old(completely furnished!) farmhouse.
Low budget shows through,with only a few sets,but the film has good acting and characters and enough twists to sustain interest for it's brief hour long length.
Alot of fun and another gem on this set.
Dead Men Walk(1943)-Totally out of place on this set,this film is made a whole decade later than any of the others,and is not even in the same theme!
Where the others were of the "old dark house" school,this one is a vampire film with recognizeable horror figures!
Hardly forgotten,this widely available title has George Zucco in dual roles as kindly scientist and evil Vampire brother,as well as a hunchbacked assistant played by(who else?)Dwight Frye.
One of the better prints of this Poverty Row favorite,but it would have been more fitting to include something like The Ghost Walks(1932) or One Frightened Night(1935) instead.
Decent set,but not really worth it's high price,better to get at under ten dollars,and all films are for the true student of cinema and/or fans of Mystery like myself.