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Don't be misled by the title. There's a heck of a lot of non-horror in this collection, with themes including suspense, melodrama and crime also on the menu. The set includes a considerable amount of Alfred Hitchcock's early movie output (as well as two episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents").
Many of the titles are low budget B-movie types. Some are so obscure that I must confess to having never heard of them before. The picture and sound quality varies from OK/acceptable to pretty ropey. Perhaps inevitably with such a bargain bumper collection I did come across the odd clunker now and then, but for what I shelled out for this collection of fifty titles (around £12) I had no hesitation in awarding this boxset 5-stars. Even if I had only enjoyed a quarter of the collection I would still have regarded it as value for money.
The 12 discs (which are NOT double-sided) are stored in individual paper/plastic sleeves. The outer casing is only around 2 inches deep, so not very bulky. There are no extras or subtitles. Also included is a small booklet with details of all the titles.
Here is a list of the titles, some have been categorised. (All titles are in black and white unless stated).
****ALFRED HITCHCOCK TITLES**** *Easy Virtue (Silent/1926). Isabel Jeans, Robin Irvine, Violet Farebrother. *The Lodger (Silent/1926). Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney. *The Manxman (Silent/1926). Carl Brisson, Anny Ondra, Malcolm Keen. *The Ring (Silent/1927). Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter. *Champagne (Silent/1928). Betty Balfour, Gordon Harker, Jean Bradin. *The Farmer's Wife (Silent/1928). Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker.Read more ›
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Such incredible value for these old films. They may not have the greatest A/V quality, but i think that really brings them to life a little more. I recommend grabbing every horror film geek you know and having a marathon the minute these arrive.
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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
Most Films Can Be Found in other Mill Creek 50-Movie Packs10 Sept. 2008
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Mill Creek's Legends of Horror 50-Movie Pack continues the distributor's recent disturbing trend of recycling movies previously offered in their other 50-Movie Packs. Of the offerings in this boxed set, 31 of the 50 pictures can be found in other 50-Movie Packs, let alone their 100-Movie Packs, 250-Movie Packs and various other offerings. Thirteen of the films can be found in their Tales of Terror 50-Movie Pack, 3 in Drive-In Classics, 5 in Chilling Classics, 5 in Nightmare Worlds, 4 in Night Screams and 1 in Sci-Fi Classics. In fact, three films, Island Monster (1954), The Phantom Creeps (1949) and Shock (1946) can be found on 3 different 50-Movie Packs.
On a positive note, most of the new releases are films directed by Alfred Hitchcock early in his career - including such classics as The Lady Vanishes (1938), The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Secret Agent (1936) and the Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). A number of Hitch's silent films from the 1920s, some of them quite good, can be found in this set. Although Hitchcock later produced some classic horror films, most of the public domain films in this set are straight dramas or even comedies. Juno and the Paycock (1930), for example, can hardly be considered to be a horror film.
As with most Mill Creek offerings, the quality of the prints ranges from mediocre to quite good. The films in the boxed set are listed below, along with the stars and the movie's rating on a 10 point scale gleaned from a popular movie database:
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Cheney Vase (1955) - Darren McGavin, Carolyn Jones (7.2) Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1962) - Brandon DeWilde, Diana Dors (7.7) The Ape Man (1943): Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie (4.0) Blackmail (1929): Anny Ondra, John Longden (7.0) Bowery at Midnight: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay (5.3) Champagne (1928): Betty Balfour, Gordon Harker (6.2) Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride (1973) aka The Satanic Rites of Dracula: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Joanna Lumley (5.2) Crimes at the Dark House (1940): Tod Slaughter, Sylvia Marriott, Hilary Evans (6.9) The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936): Tod Slaughter, Marjorie Taylor, D.J. Williams (5.4) The Demon (1979): Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes (3.2) The Devil Bat (1940): Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien (5.1) The Devil's Messenger (1961): Lon Chaney Jr., Karen Kadler, Michael Hinn (4.2) Easy Virtue (1928): Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall (5.8) End of the World (1977): Christopher Lee, Sue Lyon, Kirk Scott, Lew Ayres, Dean Jagger (3.1) The Face at the Window (1939): Tod Slaughter, John Warwick, Marjorie Taylor (6.1) The Farmer's Wife (1928): Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker (6.3) Fury of the Wolf Man (1972): Paul Naschy, Perla Cristal, Veronica Lujan (2.5) The Ghost (1963): Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin (5.7) Horror Express (1973): Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas (6.3) The Incredible Petrified World (1957): John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates (3.0) The Island Monster (1954): Boris Karloff, Franca Marzi (2.1) Jamaica Inn (1939): Robert Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Leslie Banks, Robert Newton (6.3) Juno and the Paycock (1930): Barry Fitzgerald, Maire O'Neill (4.8) The Lady Vanishes (1938): Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas (8.2) Legacy of Blood (1971) aka Blood Legacy: John Carradine, Rudolfo Acosta, Merry Anders (1.8) The Lodger (1927): Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney (7.4) The Long Hair of Death (1964): Barbara Steele, George Ardisson (5.8) The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934): Peter Lorre, Leslie Banks, Edna Best (6.9) Manfish (1956): Lon Chaney Jr., John Bromfield, Victor Jory, Tessa Prendergast (4.5) The Manxman (1929): Carl Brisson, Anny Ondra (6.4) Maria Marten or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935): Tod Slaughter, Sophie Stewart, D.J. Williams, Eric Portman (6.0) Never Too Late to Mend (1937): Tod Slaughter, Jack Livesey, Marjorie Taylor (5.8) The Nightmare Never Ends (1980) aka Cataclysm: Cameron Mitchell, Richard Moll, Marc Lawrence, Faith Clift (3.8) Number Seventeen (1932): Anne Grey, John Stuart, Leon M. Lion (6.0) The Phantom Creeps (1949): Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold (3.8) Rich and Strange (1931): Henry Kendall, Joan Berry (6.0) The Ring (1927): Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter (6.3) Sabotage (1936): Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka (7.2) A Scream in the Night (1935): Lon Chaney Jr., Sheila Terry (5.0) Secret Agent (1936): John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll (6.7) Shadow of Chinatown (1936): Bela Lugosi, Herman Brix, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters (4.3) The Shadow of Silk Lennox (1935): Lon Chaney Jr., Dean Benton, Catherine Cotter (4.4) The She-Beast (1966): Barbara Steele, Ian Ogilvy, John Karlsen (3.6) Shock (1946): Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Reed Hadley (6.2) Silent Night, Bloody Night (1974): Patrick O'Neal, John Carradine, Walter Abel (4.9) The Skin Game (1931): C.V. France, Helen Haye, Edmund Gwenn (5.9) The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935): Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll (8.0) The Ticket of Leave Man (1937): Tod Slaughter, John Warwick, Marjorie Taylor (6.0) The Werewolf vs. Vampire Women (1971): Paul Naschy, Gaby Fuchs, Patty Shepard (4.1) Young and Innocent (1937): Derrick DeMarney, Nova Pilbeam (7.1)
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed in This Collection6 April 2010
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I am a huge fan of the Mill Creek Entertainment 50 movie packs and own quite a few, but this collection, "Legends of Horror" is a disappointment. As other reviews have stated, this collection features many of the films that are on the other 50 Movie Packs. So there is very little "new" movies on this set. Do not be fooled by the cover art shown here on amazon either, the cover does not feature Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, or Boris Karloff on the front instead it is a cheesy layout of skulls. I would recommend Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection instead of this collection because the films are much better than on this set.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Alfred Hitchcock, crime horrors?2 Sept. 2010
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Come on Mill Creek, Alfred Hitchcock and other crime dramas as horror? Sorry, can't spend THAT kind of cash for those, that is a whole different genre is specific interest, especially since old movie buffs generally likely have alot of this Alfred Hitchock and crime stuff already, many times over. I mean, Alfred Hitchcock twenty movie or more collection I bought at Wal-Mart for five bucks, everyone across america has to have alfred hitchcock movies by now, I have double of so many of his early works on DVD its rediculous.
But hey, Mill Creek has "tried" in other fifty movie packs but I surmize it may have been some of the older movie packs from about five years ago and not the newer ones, I noticed that the 250 movie pack is also rife/liberally laden/(infested?) with alfred hitchcock and crime drama stuff in a horror 250 movie pack, way to go for a screw up!(won't buy the 250 movie pack now).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps mistitled but still great24 May 2013
R. M. M.
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You could almost call this the Early Hitchcock Collection, or perhaps the British Grand Guignol Collection, as there are 13 Hitchcocks and 6 Tod Slaughters. But as there are 5 Lugosis, several by Lon Chaney Jr and by Boris Karloff and 3 by Christopher Lee, "Legends of Horror" is not inaccurate - even if a lot of the movies aren't by any means horror.
I specifically bought it for Tod Slaughter, whose wildly overacted melodramas I find hilarious, and wasn't disappointed. I haven't seen The Ticket of Leave Man in any other collection.
The Hitchcocks are great too, lots of early pictures you'd have trouble finding elsewhere. I have long wanted to see The Lodger (not bad at all), which had the added interest of starring Ivor Novello - I thought he was just a songwriter.
For those who gave one star - what exactly were you expecting? And what were you expecting for this price? To my mind, if you get 5 movies you really enjoy you've got your money's worth, and I've had mine several times over.
This is the third 50 Movie set I've bought - the others were Horror Classics and Mystery Classics - and if you accept them for what they are I think they are some of the best products on the market.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
MILL CREEK retreads that mostly aren't horror28 Sept. 2011
Annie Van Auken
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MILL CREEK's LEGENDS OF HORROR is a craftily titled box of retreads. Many are British Alfred Hitchcock pictures, who is widely considered "The Master of Suspense," and not necessarily a "Legend of Horror," thus these are anything BUT fright films. "Juno and the Paycock" is a Sean O'Casey drama. "The Cheney Vase" isn't a movie at all-- it's a 24 minute episode of the TV show ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS. "Jamaica Inn" is about land-based pirates. "Number Seventeen" is a wry whodunit that ends with a runaway train. "The Lady Vanishes," also set on a train, is a crime drama. "Rich and Strange" and "Easy Virtue" are melodramas; the latter has humorous touches. Not a scare in either. "Secret Agent" and "Sabotage" are spy pictures. There's suspense, but no horror. "Manxman" is silent, and involves a love triangle.
This genre bait-and-switch isn't limited to Hitch's early library.
"Shock" refers to electroshock. It's a private hospital-set crima drama starring Vincent Price, another "Legend of Horror," thus its inclusion here. "The Phantom Creeps" was a hokey 12-part cliffhanger about a mad scientist and his odd inventions. Not horror, but it does star Bela Lugosi, you see. Here, they present the drastically whittled-down TV movie that first aired in the 1950s. "Shadow of Chinatown" is another Lugosi serial, and yet another mad scientist crime thriller. It was simultaneously released in 1936 in the truncated form offered here.
"Manfish" stars Lon Chaney Jr., but you wouldn't call it horror. "Legend of Horror" Tod Slaughter headlines in the creaky British crime film, "Ticket of Leave Man." It's surprising that MCE didn't pad this out even more with some of Boris Karloff's Mr. Wong whodunit programmers.
There are some genuine fright films here, but their quality is questionable. Everything has lomg been in the public domain and has long been fodder for MILL CREEK and its previous name, TREELINE. Their LEGENDS OF HORROR is a very disappointing movie pack, especially for longtime MCE collectors (like me) or anyone looking for scary movies.