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The Exorcist [DVD] [1973]
The Exorcist [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Ellen Burstyn
Price: £5.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the most unsettling horror movies of all time. A genuine classic, 22 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Exorcist [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Still shocking after 40 years and unsettling, The Exorcist still has the power to amaze. Universally seen as one of the greatest horror films of all time, this is certainly the greatest demonic possession movie ever. Linda Blair is stunning as poor Regan possesed by an entity. The movie is most famous for her head turning and spewing gimmicks, but the real horrific images are the quick flashes of random scenes, even the dying priest on the stairs is terrifically moving.

Rightly seen as a movie classic- The Exorcist sticks with you for a lifetime after you watch it and the acting from all is par excellence.

Doctor X 1932 Lionel Atwill Lee Tracy Fay Wray The Return of Dr X 1939 Humphrey Bogart
Doctor X 1932 Lionel Atwill Lee Tracy Fay Wray The Return of Dr X 1939 Humphrey Bogart
Dvd ~ Lionel Atwill

3.0 out of 5 stars A muddled affair., 22 Feb. 2015
This set contains both Doctor X movies. The first one is interesting given the rare two strip colour process so you end up watching a natural colour movie from 1932, Judy Garland eat yer heart out. The first movie has a lot of love, but it's a real mixed bunch, goofy and doesn't know what it wants to be, a crime caper, a horror a mad scientist tale? It just feels a little choppy and starts sluggish also. The sequel seems like it is universally panned but it has its moments. All in all these films are a nice historically, especially the first movie, but there were far better movies from this time and these genres out there.

Bela Lugosi Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bela Lugosi Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Boris Karloff
Price: £14.66

4.0 out of 5 stars The only essential Lugosi box set you need, 22 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Unfortunetly Amazon have bundled lesser works and bad quality prints of other Bela Lugosi box sets with this one. This review is for the picture you see above, THE BELA LUGOSI COLLECTION.

All prints are fine (the best they can be) and the only complaint here is that there are zero extras. Film commentary by an historian would have been great. Thus we get 5 films on this box set.

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE is a fine movie with Bela Lugosi on great form and backed up by Sidney Fox. Based on an Edgar Allen Poe short.

THE BLACK CAT is Lugosi and Boris Karloff's first pairing, another excellent movie with wonderful futuristic sets, both stars stand out in this one.

THE RAVEN see's Karloff as the hapless good guy and Lugosi as the bad one keeping him as a prisoner, check out Karloff's haircut.

THE INVISIBLE RAY is arguably the best movie on the set- again Lugosi and Karloff star. This time there are many locations, good sets and good special effects. Lugosi upstages Karloff in this one.

BLACK FRIDAY- Another Lugosi and Karloff movie, this one is essentially a take on the Jekyll and Hyde story- feels more thriller than horror.

This set is an essential purchase with 5 quality movies on 1 flipside disc. The price is excellent and the DVD is encased in a super deep ridge. All is well and the slimline box set, the same measurement as a normal DVD is sturdy and packed well.

Fans of Boris Karloff will love this set as he stars in 4 of the 5 movies.

Black Friday [DVD] [1940]
Black Friday [DVD] [1940]
Dvd ~ Boris Karloff
Price: £7.60

3.0 out of 5 stars Gangland thriller meets Jekyll and Hyde, 22 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Black Friday [DVD] [1940] (DVD)
Ludicrous but fun story where Karloff a brilliant surgeon saves his scientist friend after a bad accident and gives him a brain transplant. The only problem is is that he has given him the brain of a criminal. That criminal has $500,000 stashed away so Karloff tries to get him to remember where the money is.

Black Friday is a fun take on the Jekyll and Hyde story with some nice sets thrown in, and the acting is good. Bela lugosi also stars, though feels misscast as a gang leader given his accent- it just doesn't work. This is bundled into the horror genre and there is quite a high bodycount for a movie made in 1940, but Black Friday feels like a gangster movie through and through.

Of note Karloff and Lugosi share no scenes. Fans of Friday the 13th will be interested to know that the movie starts off on June 13th a Friday which is the exact date and month that the 1980 slasher occurs on- also the French title for this movie dropped the 'Black' and called this Friday the 13th.

Invisible Ray [DVD] [1936] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Invisible Ray [DVD] [1936] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Boris Karloff
Price: £9.87

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lugosi outshines Karloff in this one., 22 Feb. 2015
Highly enjoyable mix of sci fi and horror starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Karloff plays a scientist who has modern new theories about rays of light. Lugosi and his team befriend this 'has been' and they all go to Africa to find the Radium X.

But problems soon occur and Karloff is struck down- meaning that if he touches anyone they die. This is a great story with beautiful sets, good camera work and for its time very good special effects. This is the third time the legends starred together- and usually Karloff would upstage Lugosi. But there is something very warm and unique in Lugosi's character, and he seems to give the stronger impression of the two here.

There are a few goofs here and there, but The Invisible Ray is a very good movie.

King Of California [2007] [DVD]
King Of California [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Evan Rachel Wood
Offered by SweetBuzzards
Price: £3.37

4.0 out of 5 stars You can find anything in Costco, maybe even treasure...., 21 Feb. 2015
Evan Rachel Wood gives a stand out performance as a 17 year old kid forced to work and take care of herself whilst her father a bearded Michael Douglas is recovering from a breakdown. Truth is her dad has always had this mental edge to him, but is also a very intelliegent guy. When they hook up he comes up with this crackpot idea that there is treasure hidden under a Costco in surburbs of California- she thinks he's crazy, but is he?

It's interesting how McDonalds is featured in this movie (where Wood works)- for them it was free advertising- but it shows the job in a very negative light. One remembers the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America some 19 years prior to this one where the restaurants name had to be changed. Maybe McDonalds no longer care, avoid them anyway.

Of note this has been described as a comedy but there are few laughs- it is more a drama than anything else.
This is a great gem of a movie and succeeds because it doesn't fall into obvious cliches, where other movies would have. Douglas is great and the story flows very well. A movie that is somewhat like an extended poem. Very entertaining.

Horror at 37,000 Feet [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Horror at 37,000 Feet [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Roy Thinnes
Price: £10.15

2.0 out of 5 stars "You don't need a priest you need a parachute", 20 Feb. 2015
Almost infamous TV movie from the golden age of TV movies- the 1970s. Passengers board a flight but in cargo is part of a relic that is possessed- something to do with the Druids 500 years ago. The flight is from London to New York but the plane never leaves British airspace as it is stalled in the air by the demonic power.

It's a cheesy movie but in fairness there is very little cheese. Everything is taken way too seriously and the second half of the movie does drag. William Shatner playing a drunk priest has all the best lines, but most are not memorable. He has lost his faith and once you know how the story is unfolding it's easy to guess his fate. Chuck Conners plays the pilot with little ideas and Roy Thinnes is in here too. At one point there is more attention paid to a frozen dog than Shatner!

When the demon does awake- it represents a lump of boiling poo- it appears from economy class, is there a message in here somewhere? It is also laughable and this is sincere not against the movie that there are 10 passengers on board a jumbo jet and the jet still takes off. There was more crew on board than passengers.

Oh and Conners mentions that the drinks are all free- what is it with 70s airplane disaster movies and thinking the passengers will feel fine with free drinks? Horror at 37,000 Feet is great for nostalgia reasons but there are plenty of other movies in this vein that have better casts and better cheese. A difficult one, because it deals with content that can't be taken seriously but it wants to take itself seriously.

Pieces [DVD]
Pieces [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher George
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.24

3.0 out of 5 stars Great gore scenes will have you going to pieces, 20 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Pieces [DVD] (DVD)
Unlike most shocker slashers from the 80s it must be said that Pieces definetly delivers on the gore front. A part Spanish/US movie Pieces is about a deranged chainsaw killer roaming the halls of a Boston University and killing off one by one female students. There is plenty of gore to be seen (the front cover actually happens).

The movie becomes a whodunnit and the detective played by Christopher George is brought in to get the killer. George is one of the main reasons along with the gore to watch Pieces. He is great here and commands each scene he is in. His real life wife like most times Linda George also stars.

There are a few problems with the movie though. It has a lack of really memorable characters, it can also be quite pedestrian especially the middle of the movie. You do wonder had George not been in the movie how bad this could have sunk. But on the plus side there is the gore and some funny scenes. Take the very random out of nowhere kung fu scene for example. Pieces is better than a lot of slashers at this time, but probably not amongst the very best.

Killer Party [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Killer Party [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Martin Hewitt
Price: £10.64

1.0 out of 5 stars Almost torture to get through, 19 Feb. 2015
Terrible 'slasher' movie that is more concerned with soriority rituals and playing like a second fiddle Porky's movie than delivering on its promise. Killer Party is a filler movie, 60 mins of pranks and jokes that hit the wall. All of the kills are cut away, there is no gore, there is no suspension and all the characters are cardboard cut out. As a fan of horror movies and slashers I found myself looking at the countdown clock wishing the movie would end. If you want good slasher/horror movies that take place in a soriority just watch Night of the Creeps, The House on Soriority Row and Slumber Party Massacre- that's how it should be done.

Killer Party isn't even an 80s movie anyway, it was almost entirely shot in 1978 and then sat on the shelfs and was finally released in 86. It is a slow pedestrian movie nothing of worthwhile happens. True the beginning of the movie is clever with two false beginnngs and the final 10 minutes tries everything to be a failed Exorcist rip off, but that can't save a movie that for 90% of its running time grinds like a ripped tyre on dirtroad.

There are rumours that all of the gore was taken out, but even if this is true this still wouldn't warrant any value to the movie. Killer Party is largely forgotten and it is easy to see why. Oh and to put the icing on the cake the picture on the back of the DVD gives the ending away- Bravo Warners! Fans of 80s music will most probably like the soundtrack.

Hollywood's Legends of Horror Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hollywood's Legends of Horror Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Peter Lorre
Price: £20.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of 30s horrors but a couple of average movies here too., 18 Feb. 2015
A very nice set here from Warners, containing 6 movies on 3 dvds- you get 2 movies per disc. It is important to point out before we take a peek at the films that the transfers look great- this is not one of those cheap rush releases. And there are film commentaries on all the movies except Devil Doll.

MARK OF THE VAMPIRE is a classic to start the pack. Is there really a vampire in the neighbourhood? Tod Browning directs and it is a delight to see Bela Lugosi wear the cape again. Lionel Barrymore is superb, a very enjoyable though short movie at just 60 mins.

This is doubled up with THE MASK OF FU MANCHU- Boris Karloff stars in this one. A very good movie, though you could think this isn't really horror.

MAD LOVE is a gem of a movie and stars Peter Lorre as the brilliant but mad doctor who falls in love with a woman he knows he can never have. Not a masterpiece by any means but a well acted movie.

DEVIL DOLL along with Mark of the Vampire this is the highlight of this box set. Lionel Barrymore dons a wig and make up and becomes an old granny out for revenge on the people that wronged him. The special effects considering the year this was made in are simply superb.

The last disc has both Doctor X movies. These movies came over as indifferent, and on a personal opinion why well made movies there was little to keep the attention. The original Doctor X is historic given that it was filmed in the rare Technicolour two strip, so we get a fairly decent colour print of a movie over 80 years old.

This set is definetly worth getting- I just hoped that I would have liked all 6 movies. In the end I loved 3, and the others were just ok.

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