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A brilliant box set,
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This review is from: Pete Walker Collection  [DVD] (DVD)
!!!WARNING! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!
Well, what can one say apart from well done Anchor Bay for releasing this excellent collection of DVD's showcasing the talents of Pete Walker. Its long overdue that these classic 70's Brit horrors got a proper release, but better late than never.
Just to run through the films in the set quickly-
Die Screaming Marianne- A competant enough thriller, if a bit slow moving at times, with a brilliant title sequence. Enjoyable but a minor effort compared to the other films available here. 6 out of 10
Frightmare- The grimest of the bunch, an everyday story of Cannibalism in the countryside, with two wonderful performances by Walker regular Sheila Keith as the deranged Dorothy Yates, and Rupert Davies as her weak but devoted husband. The film has a tremendous visceral power, and can still shock after all these years. 9 out of 10
House Of Whipcord- The best of the films in my opinion, this is an uncompromising satire on the 'hang and flog 'em' brigade with its sarcastic opening comment dedicating the film to those who 'eagerly await the return of corporal and capital punishment'.
The story concerns a disused jail where a disgraged Prison Warden and her senile husband who is a retired judge are meting out punishments to those they believe have not been punished harshly enough by what they consider to be a too liberal justice system. They are aided and abetted by two sadistic prison guards, and their machosistic son who ensnares the victims. Brutal and uncomprimising, the horror on show here is of a psychological nature, with another wonderful performance by Sheila Keith, who is frightening as the sadistic Walker. A brilliant film. 10 out of 10
House Of Mortal Sin- A glossy and very bloody slice of horror, concerning the demented priest Xavier Meldrum, who is blackmailing and murdering his way through the local congregation. There is also a subplot involving the treatment of Meldrum's feeble, mute mother( who he uses as his own cofessional) by his sadistic housekeeper Miss Brabazon. The ending is as bleak and as uncormfortable as the one in 'Frightmare' and all the better for it. Another winner 81/2 out of 10
The Comeback- The final film in this set is the tale of a singer played by Jack Jones, whose attempts at a musical comeback are hindered by strange happenings, and punctuated by the vicious murders of those closest to him. Luckily he has the people in the house he is staying at, for support. Or does he? Another excellent film, with a clever, twisted resolution. 8 out of 10
So a wonderful box set all in all. I would recommend watching it in one go and getting a real feel of Walker's wonderful inventory. I really started to understand what an important figure he was within the field of British Horror films. If you would like to explore more of Walker's horror output, why not try either Schizo or The Flesh and Blood Show, both lesser efforts, but entertaing all the same
Oh, theres some great extras on each disc too. A wonderful buy, at a wonderful price