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The boxset that dripped quality
on 25 February 2009
Well, I must start by saying that Amicus, IMO, produced the best British horror of any period, and that 'The House that dripped blood', is probably my favourite film ever. So, with this set, you can't really go wrong! Having said that, some of the other titles included here are not all Amicus' best works. 'Dr terrors house of horrors' is a great film, one of Amicus' earlier portmanteau's and well worthy of inclusion, as is another anthology - 'Asylum'. However, 'And now the screaming starts' is one of Amicus rare 'period' pieces and one feels it could have been cut down to be a segment of an anthology rather than a full feature. 'The beast must die' is entertaining, and adds value with its renowned 'werewolf break'!, but isnt among the studios best work. It is a good introduction for fans of the genre, but my preference is for the portmanteaus, so i would not have selected the same films for this collection (there was probably some licensing/ownership issues that limited anchor bays selections). The packaging, although a nice gimmick, is not very practical, not least because it damages the spindles on the discs (which anchor bay were, at one time, replacing free of charge), but the extras on these discs are absolutely first rate - which takes some putting together with films of this vintage. I could only wish that a 2nd volume is brought out including the remaining portmanteau films as the current single DVD editions available are bereft of extras and the films deserve better. As this limited edition boxset is now deleted it can be very expensive - i would suggest purchasing the films seperately as they can be picked up much cheaper that way. Also, i would start with the House that dripped blood, Dr Terrors house of horrors & asylum, then jump to The vault of horror, tales from the crypt and beyond the grave, ahead of the other titles on here. Either way, all of the films are very entertaining and easy to watch, and well worth of 5 stars overall. CLASS.