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TOWER OF EVIL from SCORPION DVD (NTSC)
on 2 March 2015
Here's another one. You know-films you always think are better than they are, and when you see them-they aren't very good...but, you still come back to them. This, for me is one of those films. I haven't seen it for a good many years but have fond memories. My thoughts on this SCORPION/KATARINA'S NiGHTMARE THEATER release--A very good transfer 16.9 ratio, with good sound, extras are an intro by Katarina (surprisingly good) and an interview with a film historian and an original trailer. Good value for money. The basic plot is interesting, but muddled, the flashbacks being a)impossible and b) not really helpful. The acting is something to behold (do google Bryant Halliday), and poor Jill Haworth probably wished she had never signed the contract. Anna Palk comes out of it the best and is pretty sexy in a bitchy way. You must experience Gary Hamilton's performence as "Bron" Wonderful stuff. There are quite a few shocks, but not enough tension, and as for the "Guest stars", Dennis Price, probably on set for half a day, and utterly wasted, and William Lucas and Anthony Valentine seem to be in a different film. (Nice to see my favourite character actress Marianne Stone as Valentine's nurse). Negative rubbish I hear you scream and out come the pens. But as I said,, I do keep coming back to this film, I like it, I really do - Cardboard set (effective), and hammy acting don't bother me. This is a fine example of horror film made cheaply, and somehow, no matter what criticism is thrown at it, it still works (for me). Not too sure about recomending it. Get it and make up your own mind. You could do a lot worse. No Subtitles.