For far too long Amicus films have been somewhat in the shadow of Hammer Film productions when looking back over the genre, which is perhaps a little surprising when you consider that they were responsible for some of the most classic and entertaining films of the era such as Tales From The Crypt, Asylum, Dr Terror's House of Horrors and many others.
This was due in no small part, in my opinion, to the fact that no one had spent the time and effort to produce a comprehensive resume of the Studio - but I'm delighted to say that, once again, along comes Derek Pykett to literally save the day!
As with his other sterling efforts [ Michael Ripper Unmasked
, British Horror Film Locations
, The Danzigger Collector's Edition [DVD], House of the Long Shadows (1983) DVD
] ] Derek Pykett has taken it on himself to put together a highly enjoyable, fascinating and thorough documentary about the Studio.
As with his other work, then were it not for his efforts then such details would have been lost forever and fans of the genre such as myself would never have had the opportunity to enjoy these reminiscences. So credit where it's due!
The documentary covers each film chronologically and it is a delight to hear from so many of those involved in the productions, from the likes of Geoffrey Bayldon, Angela Pleasence, Barbara Ewing and Kenny Lynch to Directors Stephen Weeks and Kevin Connor. We also hear from people who worked in art design and make-up and their memories about the running of the studio and the stars involved is simply marvellous.
I have no problem at all with the film and sound quality and as a delightful extra bonus we have two wonderful interviews with Peter Cushing included on the discs. The first is almost an hour long from 1983 and the second from the series The Human Factor where Peter speaks openly about his dear wife Helen who died in 1971.
In conclusion then this is a great dvd for any fan of the genre - and one to treasure. Bravo to Derek Pykett for his efforts in putting this together. Entertaining with some fascinating insights into the Studio, great value for money and the sort of thing you can dip into time and again.
In a word - Brilliant ...!