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"Your mother has suffered a serious relapse..."
on 23 March 2005
The fourth and best of Anchor Bay's coffin-boxed collections of British Horror movies, the Pete Walker collection succeeds if nothing else because the quality of the films is consistently better than its predecessors.
Pick of the bunch is Frightmare, a darkly comic story of care in the community and cannibalism in the Home Counties with Walker regular Sheila Keith on top form serving tea in bone china the one moment and then proving that the maxim "you'll have someone's eye out with that" really is appropriate when it comes to pitchforks and power drills. Also excellent is the luridly titled House of Whipcord, which is a loopy cross between Kafka and Caged Heat and features a villain who bares an uncanny resemblance to Camilla Parker Bowles. House of Mortal Sin features - gleefully - a psychopathic catholic priest who dispatches sinners personally while his one-eyed housekeeper (Keith, again) looks on with raised eyebrow.
Of the rest, both Die Screaming Marianne and The Comeback are entertaining and well made, although they lack the devious wit of the set's best, they're still considerably better than many examples of the genre.
The extras are excellent and plentiful, with Walker contributing sprightly commentaries to each film, plus a handful of other interesting trailers and featurettes (including a welcome tribute to the late Keith).
Don't be put off by the fact that the cover-art looks a bit like David Dickinson wielding a power tool, this is a cracking collection and a bargain at the price.