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ALL NIGHT HORROR MARATHON – A bargain for the DVDs.
on 25 April 2015
The DVD, "4 All Night Horror Marathon" contains four offbeat horror films to include, SCHIZOID, THE VAGRANT, THE GODSEND, and the cult favorite, THE OUTING. By far, the best of these is THE OUTING. This marks it's first release on DVD which is surprising, given it's enormous popularity.
SCHIZOID is a Gloan and Globus Cannon Films production and it is marked by its typical low production values. It's a rather sleazy film about a killer who wars black gloves and uses scissors as his killing weapons. The films dialogue is so bad that one feels they must close their ears. The film has entertainment value but it comes with a price.
THE VAGRANT is also a horror film, but one with humor. It stars Michael Ironside who is always fun to watch and Bill Paxton. It's about a man who is being driven crazy by an insane vagrant who previously occupied the home that the victim has just purchased. Even worse, the vagrant turns out to be a ghost with murder on is hurt. The film's humor is actually quite good and there is a bit of mystery to the killings. The film is more entertaining than SCHIZOID and is worth the money paid for the DVD.
THE GODSEND, from British film director, Gabrielle Beaumont is also from Cannon Films and is based on Bernard Taylor's 1976 novel of the same name. The film is actually quite good and contains twists that will surprise the viewer. Overall, the picture has the feel that it needed more editing, particularly to shorten over-long sequences. The film running 90 minutes would have played better in a much shorter television venue.
THE OUTING makes the purchase of the 4-movie DVD a real bargain. Long a cult favorite, the movie based on the screenplay by American author, Warren Chaney, has its share of chills but also built in satire. When one of the victims in the film is killed by being stuffed full of Jujyfruits, the viewer realizes that he or she is being taken on a film-ride that pokes fun at those horror movies that kill teenagers by the dozens. If you haven't noticed, THE OUTING, which takes place in a museum, is a forerunner of NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM. In the later film Larry Daley is a tip of the hate to the OUTING'S director, Tom Daley. THE OUTING is so bizarre that it is charming. This is the early 80s, decades before computer generated imagery but even so, the films evil spirit, loosed in a museum is far more effective and a lot more interesting that most of the usual summer camp or suburban "killer on the lose" flicks.
The fim transfers are okay and there are no extras, which is too bad because you would like to step inside the minds of the filmmakers, especially from GODSEND or THE OUTING, to get their thinking. That being said, the DVD is a real bargain and the viewer will not regret spending the little money that it costs for several long evenings of entertainment.