on 19 November 2012
"The Haunted Palace", "Gunslinger", "Premature Burial", "Five Guns West", "Wild Angels" aren't available in Region 2 UK, so this collection is worth getting even if you already have "Masque of the Red Death" in MGM's Roger Corman Collection like I do.
"The Haunted Palace" is my favourite film as it is based on a H. P. Lovecraft story and features Vincent Price and Lon Chaney. Corman is better known for his "creature feature" films, but "The Haunted Palace" and "Masque of the Red Death" demonstrate just how good a director he is.
"Gunslinger" and "Five Guns West" are two of Corman's Westerns, but neither are particularly memorable, with "Five Guns West" being the better of the two. "Premature Burial" is an old-fashioned horror that features Ray Milland, star of "The Lost Weekend" and "Dial M for Murder". "The Wild Angels" is an interesting test-run about bikers for Peter Fonda, who would later appear in "Easy Rider".
on 29 January 2015
Five Guns West (1955)
Very early film by director Roger Corman, the king of the low budget B movies. I have to admit I only know Corman for his later horror films with Vincent Price, but this is a decent western.
It might be low budget, but you can tell this is well put together as a film. Five outlaws are conscripted to work for the Confederate army and gain a pardon in return. They have to intercept a Yankee stage coach to detain a wanted man and a gold shipment. The various characters come into play during the dangerous journey into Indian Territory, and eventually they arrive at an abandoned mining outpost occupied by a cowardly old drunk and his attention-starved niece, Shalee, played by a sultry Dorothy Malone. When Shalee dances with the men things start to get tense, and then the stage coach arrives.
Very watchable western. When the marshall gets killed his wife steps up to the plate until the new marshall can get into town. Unusual story, Beverly Garland is good and believable in the role as a tough town marshall.
The Premature Burial (1962)
Ray Milland is great as the paranoid artist in this under-rated gem, who worries about being buried alive. Very gloomy and atmospheric but very evocative of Edgar Allan Poe's short story.
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Vincent Price stars, inheriting a big old scary house in a creepy New England village. The lovely Debra Paget stars as his wife in this eerie under-rated chiller.
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Vincent Price plays Prince Prospero in this medieval set drama, who meddles with the occult. Jane Asher and Hazel Court also star, in this unusual and scary film.
Wild Angels (1966)
Peter Fonda plays the leader of a gang of Hell's Angels before he was in Easy Rider. This is a daring movie that would have been shocking at the time, and illustrates the gap between youth and the older generation. Nancy Sinatra, Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern support.
on 13 October 2012
I bought this mainly to get 'The Haunted Palace' as I love Vincent Price films and this one is particulary hard to get on its own in a region 2 DVD format. Its not one of his best know films for Roger Corman but I loved it.
Then you get 'Masque of the Red Death' arguably the best film Price ever made with Roger Corman and this package is worth getting for these 2 films alone.
But theres more although, none of the other film titles feature Vincent Price in them:
The Premature Burial, stars Ray Milland & Hazel Court in the 3rd and last of the Edgar Allen Poe based films featured in this package. A nice little macbre tale albeit with a bit of an obvious twist at the end.
Next up we have a truely classic Biker movie 'The Wild Angels' with the famous Peter Fonda line "They wanna be free to do what they wanna go, To ride their machines without being hassled by the man, and they want to get loaded and have a good time" fabulous along with 'Easy Rider' one of the best films made about the whole Hells Angels scene.
Lastly we get 2 Western's with '5 Guns West' & 'Gunslinger' and IMO why oh why did they bother they really didn't do anything for me, but thats probably due mainly to my personal bias of it not being a classic Western's film without John Wayne or Montgomery Cliff appearing in it, Nevermind.
All in all though a nice little package well worth getting for the other 4 films featured at least.