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Fox Horror Classics Collection (The Lodger / Hangover Square / The Undying Monster) (1944)

Laird Cregar , Linda Darnell , John Brahm  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Glenn Langan
  • Directors: John Brahm
  • Writers: Barré Lyndon, Jessie Douglas Kerruish, Lillie Hayward, Marian Spitzer, Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TLTCT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fox Horror Classics Collection (The Lodger / Hangover Square / The Undying Monster)" on IMDb

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This three-disc collection of vintage suspense from the Fox vaults not only presents three atmospheric and underrated thrillers in sparkling remastered formats, but also serves as a long-overdue tribute to the talents of director John Brahm and actor Laird Cregar, who stars in two of the three films. 1944's The Lodger is probably the best-known of the three; it's a remake of a 1926 Alfred Hitchcock film and stars Cregar as a mysterious house guest who may be Jack the Ripper. Cregar is top-billed in 1945's Hangover Square as another psychologically tormented soul; here he's a concert pianist (Bernard Herrmann composed the film's stunning concerto) who flies into a psychotic rage at the sound of a dissonant chord. And 1942's The Undying Monster is the "truest" horror title in the collection due to its werewolf plotline, but there's more than a touch of detective drama (and scientific procedural) in its frames as well. All three pictures are distinguished by German-born director Brahm, whose expressionistic visual style and emphasis on psychological terror over physical frights help to set these films apart from the monster-driven horror films coming from Universal at the same time. He's aided considerably by Cregar, who set the standard for movie madmen for decades to come. In addition to their stunning remastering, all three films feature in-depth featurettes on their principal players and histories. Concerto Macabre: The Films of John Brahm traces the director's offbeat career (after making an impact with the three films featured here, he concentrated almost exclusively on TV, where his output included stellar episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits), while The Tragic Mask: The Laird Cregar Story explores the oversized actor's struggle with typecasting and his homosexuality. The Lodger gets its own making-of documentary, The Man in the Attic, which explores Brahm's stunning visual compositions and Cregar's intense performance in detail. Trailers and advertising galleries for all three pictures are included, as are two complete radio adaptations of The Lodger and Hangover Square, both starring Vincent Price, who became Fox's in-house heavy after Cregar's untimely death at 31. Commentary on Hangover Square by film historians Richard Schickel and Steve Haberman with cast member Faye Marlowe, and James Ursini and Alain Silver on The Lodger, round the extras on this chill-filled set. -- Paul Gaita

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Disc 1: HANGOVER SQUARE **Full-Frame Feature B&W **Commentary by Film Historian/Screenwriter Steve Haberman and Co-Star Faye Marlowe **Commentary by Richard Schickel **The Tragic Mask: The Laird Cregar Story **Hangover Square Vintage Radio Show - Performed by Vincent Price **Restoration Comparison **Trailer **Concertos Macabre: The Films of John Brahm **Restoration Comparison **Trailer

Disc 2: THE LODGER **Full-Frame Feature - B&W **Commentary by Film Historians Alain Silver & James Ursini **Man in the Fog: The Making of The Lodger **The Lodger Vintage Radio Show - Performed by Vincent Price **Restoration Comparison **Trailer **Still Gallery

Disc 3: THE UNDYING MONSTER **Full-Frame Feature - B&W **Concertos Macabre: The Films of John Brahm *Restoration Comparison **Trailer **Advertising Gallery **Still Gallery


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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost Fox Horror Gems. October 2, 2007
Format:DVD
Three little known but effective horror films from a major hollywood studio complete this box set. Last year MGM released some of their little known horror films and now Fox has followed suite.
None of the these titles have been on DVD before, and even rarely on VHS. They occasionally showed up on the lackluster Fox Movie Channel a few years ago at odd hours of the early morning. It was on such an occasion that I encountered "The Lodger". This is a top notch effort which rests comfortably between the Gaslight thriller and the classic horror film. Cregar plays the villain with an off kilter, understated creepiness that was way ahead of it's time and could be called the screen's first serial killer performance.
The cinematography looks better and more atmospheric than what Universal was shoving out in the mid 40s'. Fog bound London streets and dimly gaslit interiors play with the viewers sense of claustrophobia. You almost feel as trapped by the heavy atmosphere as Cregar's character. Lodger is no doubt a lost classic of psychological horror.

I have to disagree with other reviewers that "Undying Monster" is the poor cousin of this set. "Hangover Square" feels more like a re-make of Lodger than a film of its own right. But Undying Monster takes us to the dark, atmospheric Sea coast. The sparse sets and jagged cliffs and caves work beautifully here. We have Jane Eyre meets Bram Stoker. A family curse is the plot engine to drive the lush monochrome cinematography. In fact Undying Monster boasts some of the best shots of the set, particularly the opening interior shot as the moon streams into a tudor drawing room. It looked great on the badly duped VHS copy I've had for years. On DVD it promises to be stunning.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrors? December 23, 2007
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In the 1930s, the relatively new field of horror cinema was dominated by Universal, with its often wonderful monster movies such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy. As the Universal movies got campier in the 1940s, not many studios really filled the void. Certainly, the best of 1940s horror came from Val Lewton's pictures for RKO (Cat People, The Leopard Man and others). Fox, on the other hand, did not really have a reputation for horror in this era, as is obvious from the Fox Horror Classics set. That's not to say that they are bad movies, just that I don't know if they are really horror.

Besides being Fox movies, the three movies in this set are also tied together by all being directed by John Brahm. First made of these three - and the closest to being a horror movie - is also the weakest in the set: The Undying Monster. The story deals with the isolated Hammond family that is plagued by a curse that has a monster preying on the male Hammonds over the past few generations. This is a pale imitation of two genres made famous by Universal: the monster movie (particularly the Wolf Man) and the mystery movie (particularly the Sherlock Holmes movies, though Fox was actually the first to do the Rathbone movies). The biggest failing of the movie is the fact that the monster is on screen too infrequently.

Much better is The Lodger, a remake of what was Alfred Hitchcock's first suspense movie. Even if you've watched the older version, however, this one is still fun to watch and substantially different, plotwise. Among the big names in the movie are Merle Oberon and George Sanders, but the star is Laird Cregar who plays the title character.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horrors that shouldn't be forgotten. October 31, 2007
By Bela
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The Fox set of classic films are just great.
The Lodger remake from 44' is awesome and
one of the better Jack the Ripper movies made.
Hangover Square has most of same cast as Lodger
and is more film noir/mystery than horror but
also very well made. Better than most. Undying
Monster was an attempt at making a wolfman movie
but it's more of a mystery movie but again very
well made and acted. I highly recommend this set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Labeling of Thriller Collection October 28, 2007
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Titling this collection of thrillers from director John Brahm is misleading because only one of the films, "The Undying Monster", has a remotely supernatural element to it. That said, there's much to recommend here because these films are masterfully directed and highly literate. It would behoove the viewer to check this set out and the Val Lewton box set that Warners released a few years back as examples of intelligently made chillers. Two of the films also showcase the prodigious talents of Laird Cregar, who died tragically young. His work here in "The Lodger" and "Hangover Square" are his best work along with his role as a dogged detective in the noir classic, "I Wake Up Screaming".
"The Lodger"-A good film with a superb turn by Cregar as a mysterious pathologist. A lot of creepy atmosphere but the mystery in this Jack the Ripper tale is obvious and telegraphed early on. Four stars.
"Hangover Square"-The best of the three films by far. Cregar gives probably his best performance as the tormented composer with a possible split personality. Brahm perfectly captures the eeriness of turn-of-the-century London. Dynamic Bernard Herrmann score. The ending is a classic. Five stars.
"The Undying Monster"-The weakest entry in the bunch. Even at it's sixty-three minute running time there's a lot of filler. Film concerns a family with a dark secret being investigated by Scotland Yard in the wake of a murder. Intelligent but long-winded. Three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars especially when it comes to classic films like this one
As an avid movie buff, especially when it comes to classic films like this one, this is a definite welcome to my large and growing home library collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wa2oosy
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten Gem! Very 1940's Sherlock Holmes & Universal monster movie...
A excellent long forgot gem! Part 50's Sherlock Holmes, part Dr.Jekyll & Mr.hyde & Jack the Ripper! If you love/like Vincent Price, & Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Mikulovsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox Horror Classics
20th Century-Fox at the time of these films initial release was definitely the 'folksiest' major studio in Hollywood and so 'horror' films were very rarely put into production. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gregory violette
5.0 out of 5 stars A good old film collection
This medley of old film "horror" movies is entertaining in its own right. The films definitely show the type of films produced during the early forties of the last... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Traveler2014
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute to Brahm and Cregar
John Brahm and Laird Cregar provide the thrills in this Fox Horror Classics Collection, which features three horror films directed by Brahm, two of which star Cregar, and one of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Silver Screen Videos
4.0 out of 5 stars fox
laird krieger is fantastic for a dominating gay actor i was expecting a more rugged approach but oh ah he was scrumptious.
Published 8 months ago by lance ramrod
5.0 out of 5 stars three movies directed by John Brahm
This set includes three films directed by John Brahm, produced by FOX between 1942 and 1945, all beautifully restored. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. André
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie - The Lodger!
The Lodger DVD arrived in good condition and on time. I don't know the other movies that were included with this set. I will watch them someday. Read more
Published 10 months ago by annk
3.0 out of 5 stars Two out of three
Two good ones and they are Hangover Square/The undying monster. The Lodger is a remake of Man in the Attic. Man in the Attic is the better of the two. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Larry Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics!!!
Great films!! Laird Cregar!! What a great actor! What an unfortunate human being! But, he achieved greatness in "The Lodger"!! No one will ever outdo his performance.
Published 12 months ago by Jude Barnes
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