Two things should be taken into account when you look at this. first is the season of Masters of Horror and secondly is the packaging. For the first part, the movies were a great thing. i know a lot of them had a cheesy little factor to them, but nothing like this has really ever been accomplish. That was why I found myself buying into it and buying into it with so much love. honestly, it is an amazing feat. Since this is the first part here, i will list the movies so there is something cataloging all the stuff here:
Episode #: 1
Title: "The Damned Thing"
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Marisa Coughlan, Ted Raimi, Brendan Fletcher
Summary: A mysterious force sends a town into a murderous rage, and only the sheriff, whose parents were killed by the same force years ago, can stop it. Based on an Ambrose Bierce story.
Episode #: 2
Director: John Landis
Stars: George Wendt, Meredith Monroe, Matt Keeslar
Summary: A young couple moves into their idyllic suburban home, but their seemingly normal next door neighbor turns out to be a serial killer who takes a liking to the wife.
Episode #: 3
Title: "The V Word"
Director: Ernest Dickerson (Demon Knight, Bones)
Stars: Branden Nadon, Arjay Smith, Michael Ironside
Summary: A couple of video game geeks discover that a vampire is haunting the local funeral home.
Episode #: 4
Title: "Sounds Like"
Director: Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist)
Stars: Chris Bauer, Laura Margolis, Richard Kahan, Michael Daingerfield
Summary: A man's hearing mysteriously begins to intensify until even the smallest sound becomes painful, so he must take extreme measures to ease his torment.
Episode #: 5
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Ron Perlman, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Mark Feuerstein, Bill Dow, Caitlin Wachs
Summary: Abortion clinic workers protect a pregnant 15-year-old girl from her anti-abortion father, who is determined to force her to have the baby, not realizing the horrible secret that lies inside her.
Episode #: 6
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Meat Loaf, Link Baker, John Saxon, Ellen Ewusie, Emilio Salituro, Elise Lew
Summary: A fur trader discovers that the raccoon hides he's using to make coats come with a violent curse.
Episode #: 7
Title: "The Screwfly Solution"
Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Jason Priestley, Elliott Gould, Kerry Norton, Linda Darlow, Brenna O'Brien
Summary: After a mysterious disease sends the world's population of men into a homicidal rage aimed at women, a male scientist struggles to find a cure while maintaining his own sanity.
Episode #: 8
Title: "Valerie on the Stairs"
Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Tyron Leitso, Christopher Lloyd, Clare Grant, Tony Todd, Suki Kaiser, Johnathan Watton
Summary: A young writer takes residence in a boarding house for unpublished writers but soon discovers that it's haunted by a ghostly woman with ties to a demonic beast.
Episode #: 9
Title: "Right to Die"
Director: Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn)
Stars: Martin Donovan, Julia Anderson, Robin Sydney, Anna Galvin, Corbin Bernsen
Summary: A man is tormented by the vengeful spirit of his comatose wife.
Episode #: 10
Title: "We All Scream for Ice Cream"
Director: Tom Holland (Child's Play, Fright Night, Thinner)
Stars: William Forsythe, Colin Cunningham, Tim Henry, Ingrid Tesch
Summary: An ice cream man returns from the grave to take revenge on those who killed him in a childhood prank.
Episode #: 11
Title: "The Black Cat"
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Elyse Levesque, Aron Tager, Eric Keenleyside
Summary: The details behind Edgar Allen Poe's classic story are envisioned in this dark episode.
Episode #: 12
Title: "The Washingtonians"
Director: Peter Medak (The Changeling, Species II)
Stars: Johnathon Schaech, Venus Terzo, Myron Natwick, Julia Tortolano
Summary: A group of cannibalistic zealots will go to any lengths to keep a dark secret about the father of our country.
Episode #: 13
Title: "Dream Cruise"
Director: Norio Tsuruta (Premonition)
Stars: Daniel Gillies, Ethan Amis, Yoshino Kimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Miho Ninagawa
Summary: An American lawyer in Japan who's terrified of the water nonetheless agrees to board a client's boat in order to be near his client's wife, with whom he's fallen in love. However, a supernatural force from the lawyer's past awaits them just below the surface.
Secondly, there is the packaging. When I first saw this picture and picked it up, i have to say I was happy. I loved the design and I loved the idea thta I could work this into my collection. I had gotten plenty of things that did not fit exactly rigth and, to be honest, I was not worried. I loved the way it looked adn i loved the way it seemd to be a centerpiece. The problem was that it was nothing like what i envisioned.
When I got the set, there was an issue of sliding DVDs that really made life a mess. Considering the investment there was not turning back, and that meant that I was stuck with something that didn't work out. I always take my DVDs out of the packaging when they are weirdly designed, too, trying to keep them from harm. Still, this is not one of those things you could do. The packaging already did a number of some of the DVDs and, sadly, I was left picking up the scratches. I'm glad they have new sets to get rid of those but, beyond that, there is the idea of getting what you pay for. I paid for a set, a pretty set, and i got a marred notion of what pretty can become. considering the complaints I have seen around, i would say this is a universal trend.
In conclusion, buy the set but not the box. It will make life better for you.