The Peter Cushing Collection [DVD]
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'The Flesh and the Fiends' sports some great performances and suitably ghoulish moments in this retelling of the Burke and Hare bodysnatching legend, and moves with good pace and an economical script to a very satisfactory conclusion.
"And Now the Screaming Starts..." is a late entry in the Amicus stable and was previously released by Anchor Bay in a slightly better quality print some years back. A sexy, sweaty and gory Gothic tale, it benefits from Cushing's commanding entry about half way through, but nevertheless works very well as a whole with Stephanie Beacham's heaving bosom and paranoid hysterics providing a nice level of tension to keep the audience entertained.
"The Hellfire Club" is a rare curio but is the weakest entry in the collection with a script filled with banalities and some OTT acting which renders it somewhat farcical at times. Still, nice for completists, and Cushing is of course the best thing in it and the only reason to watch.
The jewel in the crown though is 'Asylum" - a fantastic portmanteau of horrific paranoia with a top notch British cast. Very much in the tradition of "Vault of Horror" and "Torture Garden", this benefits from a superior frisson of sadism and reaches nightmarish levels of horror on more than a few occasions. Great restrained performances stop this from becoming campy and amateurish, making it one of the best British horrors of the 70s. Cushing's performance is short on screen time but magnificent in its emotional and psychological depth, and its this performance that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll.Read more ›
Nicely packaged and brilliantly nostalgic for a Saturday nites viewing. If 70s style british horror is your thing go ahead and purchase this nice little colection at around £10 for four films you cant go wrong. Would love to find some more film collection s at this price and quality fabulous.
The first film, 'And Now The Screaming Starts', is a rare gothic offering from the Amicus stable, also starring Ian Ogilvy, Stephanie Beacham, Herbert Lom and Patrick Magee. Based on the David Case novel 'Fengriffen', it tells the story of a family curse. Severed hands and Stephanie's piercingly long screams makes this a very enjoyable film indeed. Peter doesn't appear as Doctor Pope, a psychiatrist until about half way through but is central from then on.
The second film and personally one of my favourite films of all time is 'Asylum', again from Amicus and typical fare for them; a present day portmanteau film, written by Psycho writer Robert Bloch and very effectively featuring Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, also starring Patrick Magee, Robert Powell, Charlotte Rampling, Britt Eckland and Herbert Lom. A prospective doctor to an asylum will be given a position if he correctly guesses, through seeing four patients, who is Doctor Starr, once a doctor at the asylum but now a patient. Four stories are told, one featuring Peter Cushing. Despite Peter's screen time only being short, his very emotional performance ranks as one the finest of his career.
The third is 'The Flesh and the Fiends'; very closely based on the Burke and Hare murders, also starring Donald Pleasance, Billie Whitelaw, Renee Houston, Esma Cannon and Melvyn Hayes. Peter Cushing plays Doctor Knox, a part he could do in his sleep, who pays for cadavers supplied by the murders of Burke and Hare. Although not very scary or bloody, it's a great story with great performances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Peter Cushing films and really enjoy his work. However, this collection does not show off the best of Cushing's work. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pete.
The title is Flesh and the FIENDS not friends. The Hellfire Club couldn't have been made in 1661. Asylum is worth watching only for the presence of Peter Cushing.Published 23 months ago by Byron Orlok
I absolutely love and admire the pure gentleman that was Peter Cushing, he may only appear briefly in Asylum but by golly he makes his mark. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by carefulsilly12
All four films are very watchable and have casts featuring lots of stars of the era. I enjoyed watching each of them. And Now the Screaming Starts! Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by Mr. P. H. Turner
I managed to purchase this box set a couple of weeks back for only a few pounds. Being a great fan of Peter Cushing, I felt it was worth adding to my collection alongside many... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2013 by E. A. Redfearn
Being a Cushing fan I was always going to invest in this. 4 hard to get movies in the same box set, but buyer beware. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2013 by DuncS
Peter Cushing is an absolute legend! these films are a must for anyone who loved the hammer era.
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