3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have to say that I rather enjoyed this film. This is an anthology film with 3 segments. The basic story has an estate agent trying to sell a house to a couple. Each house tells a different story making up the segments.
The first story Nightmare features a very young Carmine Giovinazzo (from CSI New York) who wife his lover murders her husband - but is he really dead. This is the strongest of the segments with some genuine scares.
Next up is Bobo about a monkey that befriends a young girl and leads to murder. This is the weakest story and has been done several times before and alot better.
Finally Granny Knows Best envolves a boy who keeps having visions of a serial murderer known as "The Granny Killer" not because he kills grannies but he wares a granny mask. The visions have a nasty habit of becoming true. This is an enoyable segment that moves at a nice pace.
The linking story Make Me An Offer is very well done thanks to the late John Ritters superb performance as the estate agent.
The print is up to the usual high standard I have come to expect from Anchor Bay. The film is cheaply made and quite not up to the high standards of the old Amicus anthology films but there is still plenty to enjoy. There isn't too much gore and thankfully no CGI which makes a pleasant change. So if you fancy a night of entertaining horror then why not give this film a go.
on 5 April 2011
An estate agent shows a young couple three swanky houses available at very reasonable prices. He must make a sale today or he, and his family, are going to be in big trouble with the boss! So what does our intrepid estate agent do? Yes, he tells the couple about the bloody events associated with each of the houses. As an American would say, this guys sales technique sucks!
A previous reviewer has described the three tales and wraparound story. I would rate it as three stars only. It's mildy entertaining but unoriginal and predictable at times. If you can pick it up cheaply then it's worth a look.
Incidentally the film notes included on the disc make an assertion that the Anthology Horror Film is as American as apple pie, and make s reference to the Amicus films which admittedly did have American backing. I would suggest that the portmanteau horror began with the Ealing Classic Dead of Night (1945) and that the tradition was continued with the Amicus films which, in cases such as Tales From the Crypt and The House that Dripped Blood featured an array of British talent, and to me are as British as a cup of tea or fish and chips.