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5.0 out of 5 stars rear windows, killer digits and robotic dream girls, 22 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: 4 Film Favorites: Twisted Terror Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Twisted Terror Collection is a brilliant value set of four disks of 80s and 70s horror/suspense films.

Very Hitchcockian slasher film, with Lauren Tewes as a reporter turning the tables on serial killer John Disanti. Ken Wiederhorn's direction piles on the suspense. Tom Savina contributes some decent effects and there's good support from Jennifer Jason Leigh. The tone is edged towards the thriller end of the sub genre, but Disanti's performance is much more geared up for horror especially during the killer's creepy phone calls to his intended victims, which recall those found in Black Christmas.

Another variation on the themes of Rear Window. Lauren Hutton is being menaced in her apartment by a voyeuristic handyman.

Just prior to directing Halloween, John Carpenter was earning a living as a screenwriter but managed to get the directing gig on his own script for Someone Is Watching Me. The result is a way above average shot on film TV movie with some effective suspense, elegant photography and Hutton willing to perform a surprisingly dangerous piece of stunt work in her final confrontation with the psycho. There's also some nice use of the panaglide camera which Carpenter would later use to greater effect in Halloween

The DVD contains an interview with John Carpenter about is experiences while making the film.

Oliver Stone's much maligned horror opus, stars Micheal Caine as a cartoonist stalked by his own amputated hand. Much less ridiculous than it sounds. Caine delivers a great subtle performance which effortlessly conveys the central chatacter's quite menace and psychological breakdown. The ending is pure gob-smacking grand guignol.

The DVD includes a very interesting commentary track from Oliver Stone.

No decade other than the 1980s could produce a film like Deadly Friend. An everyday tale of boy meets girl. Girl dies. Boy resurrects girl using bits of his robot. Girl goes on a killing spree. Wes Craven throws everything and the kitchen sink into this over-the-top cross pollination of Short Circuit, The Terminator. the Monkey's Paw and teen horror. Kristy Swanson is a treat as the reanimated robo killer in blue eye shadow. Some people dismiss films of this sort as silly. I've always found Deadly Friend oddly romantic and a little sad. Return of the Living Dead part 3 treads very similar ground.

The picture quality of all the discs is excellent and all are presented in (16x9) 1.85:1 widescreen, as well featuring subtitle options in English, French and Spanish.
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2012 11:04:40 GMT
Good work with this review mate! I've been meaning to pick up The Hand for ages and now i've seen it's much cheaper to buy as this 4 dvd set rather than on its own. Never actually seen Deadly Friend.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 16:20:28 GMT
Nelson Viper says:
Thanks J.M'.
It's a great value set. The Hand.
Deadly Friend and Eyes of a Stranger all cost a fair bit as individual films. I got it for the Hand and Deadly Friend. The other two I've already got.

Posted on 27 Nov 2012 17:41:52 GMT
West25 says:
I have this myself, great films at a brilliant price. It's about £45 to buy the 4 films seperately, the box set has all 4 films in the exact versions they are individually which makes this set a bargain. I agree that The Hand is much less ridiculous than it sounds, the picture quality for the most part is spot on as well.
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