There is no doubt that Stephen King has provided us with some of the best horror material in a generation, but he has also 'given' us an awful load of tripe, too.
You wouldn't have to have been a fan of horror to have come across the classic Carrie - a film so good that it spilled over into mainstream audiences and remains just that - a Classic. The vulnerable, naive Sissy Spacek who so cruelly gets humiliated, culminating in the ever-infamous Proms finale.
Or, the delicious but starting out subtle, 'Misery'? The Mother of all stalker movies and Kathy Bates giving one of the juiciest psycho performances of all time. The way that author James Caan meets her and ends up her prisoner is so authentically done, that it will make anyone wary of, well, everyone!
If there's a weak one, here, it's The Dark Half. Far more routine and humdrum in comparison to the others, but still decent enough, partly through cult horror director George A Romero's handling. Timothy Hutton initially seems a little too smooth and nice as the writer whose literary alter-ego takes on a life of its own, building to a rather overblown and gory climax.
The DVDs come in slimline plastic cases, inside an outer card case. It's nicely presented though it seems that aren't any extra features (at least listed on the box) but do come with subtitles in many European languages. All the films are certificate 18, so for adults only.
I bought the set as I wanted to own Misery and Carrie, as they're simply brilliant but also got the extra The Dark Half, too. For the price, excellent value and would make a good choice as a gift for the discerning horror fan.