This is my first purchase of a Brentwood Home Video release and it will be my last. Although you can't beat the price, you should know a few things before you plop down your money:
All four of the movies in this collection have been transferred from poor videotape sources that look no better than a consumer VHS purchased in the 1980s! The prints are often faded and the images are sometimes blurry. So what's on the DVDs? You may be surprised, because 3 of the 4 films have been retitled for no apparent reason, except perhaps to attach a 2002 copyright date to them.
First up, on Disc 1, is the 1973 Spanish thriller HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB (oddly titled HORROR FROM THE TOMB on-screen, eliminating the word RISES). This full-screen, English-dubbed film (also known as "El Espanto Surge de la Tumba" and "Mark of the Devil 4") has nice moments of gore and surprising full frontal female nudity. Paul Naschy stars. While the script isn't the brightest bulb on the block, the movie can be quite entertaining.
Next is ZOMBIE FLESH EATER (the on-screen title) or ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS (plural, the title on the DVD box). Take your pick. Either way, the movie is really EL BUQUE MALDITO, a thriller shot in 1973 but unreleased until 1975, from Spanish director Armando Ossori, who made the infinitely superior "Tombs of the Blind Dead." In fact, one of the alternate titles for this film is "Blind Dead 3," not to mention "The Ghost Galleon," "Ghost Ships of the Blind Dead," "Horror of the Zombies" and "Ship of Zombies," most of which make better titles. While Ossori's fabulous slow-moving monk-like zombies reappear in this film, the script is so inane the movie plays like jaw-dropping camp more than a horror film. Gore is minimal, sex is threatened but never really seen. The full-screen, English-dubbed image is just dreadful, though the ghost ship on which the zombies 'live' is quite beautifully designed.
Disc 2 begins with a murky, unpleasant transfer of ZOMBIE HELL HOUSE, which, it turns out, is actually a re-titling of Lucio Fulci's 1981 thriller HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY. This is the only film of the four to be letterboxed, but it still looks bad. Because Anchor Bay has a much better version of this film available, I did not bother to watch Brentwood's version once I discovered what it really was.
The last title in this four-pack is called NIGHT OF THE GHOUL. Not to be confused with Ed Wood's film of a similar name, this is actually the 1965 British production THE GHOUL (aka "The Thing in the Attic") starring Peter Cushing and John Hurt. I found the film to be insufferably dull, despite Cushing's always masterful presence. Presented full-screen.