This box set consists of four diverse films from one of British Horrors true auteur directors Norman J. Warren. Both he and Pete Walker made important strides in changing the style and content of the horror film that was being made in the U.K in the 1970's. Whilst Hammer made some brilliant films around this time, they basically followed the same pattern, ending with good usually triumphing over evil, Dracula disintergrating, and cue the end credits. I know thats a terrible generalization, and I love both the gothic horrors of Hammer, and Amicus's more modern morality tales, but both Warren and Walker brought a far murkier, downbeat aspect to British horror films.
Take the four films in this box set. The best is Prey, a quite extraordinary film. A twisted mixture of The Beguiled and Not Of This Earth, the story concerns a carniverous, shape changing alien, who having landed on Earth, assumes human form, and finds refuge in the house where a lesbian couple enjoy a seemingly idyllic life. A fox is killed, the trio celebrate with Cake and booze and play party games. The ending is brutal, but works well. You will not see anything quite like it.
Terror is another fine film, a modern day tale of reincarnation and witchcraft, where film makers accidentally invoke a witches curse, with bloody results. Very enjoyable. Satan's Slave, like Terror is modern day witches and necromancy, as a young woman is drawn into the macchinations of her devious relatives. Slow paced, but very unsettling at times, with a wonderful musical score.
Finally, the one sour jewel is Inseminoid, a gory Alien rip off, where a group of archaeologists in space accidentially awaken a vicious,sexually active alien from its slumber, leading to great danger for all of them. It looks like an episode of Space 1999, with added gore, but is undoubtably great fun.
So four unique films that have carved their individual little niche in the history of British horror. Directors like Warren need to be celebrated and valued, as they are part of a genre that is often over generalised and scoffed at. Buy this now, and show your support