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343 of 360 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A BARGAIN! 50 Classics & Schlock For A Pittance!!!
I purchased this 50 DVD box set this past autumn (for Halloween) and have viewed all of the films. There are some GREAT CLASSICS mixed with fabulous SCHLOCK for a price that can't be beat!
Different horror genres including:
Crusty, Creepy Creatures
Descend to the depths of the deep, dark ocean and encounter the "Phantom From 10,000 Leagues" and "Creature...
Published on May 30, 2004 by Sheila Chilcote-Collins

299 of 315 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected
To be concise and summarize - Great value! 50 movies (I paid about 25 bucks; so 50 cent movies - how can you complain?)

Transfer quality generally awful, most but not all are slightly out of focus (won't notice on little tv!) but watchable. If you are a perfectionist you will not want this. Some scenes from some movies have been cut but nothing major so far...
Published on August 17, 2004 by Mikey Liked It

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343 of 360 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A BARGAIN! 50 Classics & Schlock For A Pittance!!!, May 30, 2004
This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
I purchased this 50 DVD box set this past autumn (for Halloween) and have viewed all of the films. There are some GREAT CLASSICS mixed with fabulous SCHLOCK for a price that can't be beat!
Different horror genres including:
Crusty, Creepy Creatures
Descend to the depths of the deep, dark ocean and encounter the "Phantom From 10,000 Leagues" and "Creature From The Haunted Sea". Check out the cheesy and quite primitive special effects in "The Giant Gila Monster". Rediscover terror of dogs dressed up in fur playing "The Killer Shrews". Hold your breath to see which hick from the backwoods will actually survive "The Attack of the Giant Leeches"! Also the great "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" with the fabulous Lon Chaney, Jr., "The Gorilla", "Swamp Women", "Atom Age Vampire", "Beast Of yucca Flats", "Black Dragons", "Invisible Ghost", "The Vampire Bat" with Fay Wray, "White Zombie" with Bela Lugosi and "The Bat" With Vincent Price!
Majorly Maddening Madmen
Descend into insanity and weird funereal rites in Francis Ford Coppola's first full-length feature "Dementia 13". Be astounded at the scientific perversity of Jason Evers as he keeps the severed head of his fiancée alive in "The Brain that Wouldn't Die". Also includes, "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde", "The Monster Maker", "Maniac", "The Amazing Mr. X", "The Tormented", and "Bluebeard".
Cult Classics
Watch when Audrey II cries "feeeed me" in "Little Shop of Horrors". Fear for the fate of humanity as flesh-eating zombies roam the earth in Romero's "Night of the Living Dead". Find out what it's like to be "The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price and "The Last Woman On Earth" with Robert Towne. Go to the "Carnival Of Souls" with Candace Hilligoss, even!

Silent Horror Classics
Watch the amazing Lon Chaney in "Phantom of the Opera", slinking through the cellars of the Paris Opera House. Marvel at the chilling Max Schreck in "Nosferatu", giving a truly mesmerizing performance and the classic and futuristic, "Metropolis".
AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! I highly recommend this very cool and inexpensive box set for anyone who likes classic horror, cheesy schlock, Bela Lugosi or stylings of the great Ed Wood!
Happy Watching!
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299 of 315 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected, August 17, 2004
This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
To be concise and summarize - Great value! 50 movies (I paid about 25 bucks; so 50 cent movies - how can you complain?)

Transfer quality generally awful, most but not all are slightly out of focus (won't notice on little tv!) but watchable. If you are a perfectionist you will not want this. Some scenes from some movies have been cut but nothing major so far (have seen maybe 26-27 so far). Sound generally poor, mono, (2 were in stereo). The B&W movies generally not so bad but many of the color films have serious quality problems IMHO. All are full screen; no wide-screen (that I have seen). This is OK since all movies before 1954 were approx. FF anyway. The ideal customer wants a sample of the 20's-60's Horror/Mystery/Action B movies with 3-4 real classics and 15+ total duds. Still, fantastic value. Absolutely no frills. All movies have small number of selectable scenes, no trailers or ANY other stuff. Packaging is 12 d/s single layer disks each in cardboard cd-type sleeve. None of the disks in my box was scratched (maybe lucky?).
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279 of 297 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 50 movies listed, with dates and times, March 12, 2005
This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
For comments on quality see other reviews. Dates range from 1920-68; all B&W except 4 in color (see 3B, 9A, 10A, 11B).

DISK (12 2-sided disks total):

1A: Carnival of Souls (1962) 84 minutes. Starring: Candace Hilligoss

1A: Atom Age Vampire (1960) 87 minutes. Starring: Alberto Lupo

1B: Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961) 75 minutes. Starring: Robert Towne

1B: Nightmare Castle (1965) 101 minutes. Starring: Barbara Steele

2A: Black Dragons (1942) 64 minutes. Starring: Bela Lugosi

2A: Invisible Ghost (1941) 61 minutes. Starring: Bela Lugosi

2B: One Body Too Many (1944) 75 minutes. Starring: Bela Lugosi

2B: White Zombie (1932) 67 minutes. Starring: Bela Lugosi

3A: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) 62 minutes. Starring: Ken Clark

3A: The Screaming Skull (1958) 68 minutes. Starring: John Hudson

3A: Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) 53 minutes. Starring: Tor Johnson

3B: The Terror (1963) COLOR 83 minutes. Starring: Jack Nicholson

3B: Revolt of the Zombies (1936) 65 minutes. Starring: Dean Jagger

4A: The Giant Gila Monster (1959) 74 minutes. Starring: Don Sullivan

4A: The Fatal Hour (1940) 68 minutes. Starring: Boris Karloff

4B: Dead Men Walk (1943) 65 minutes. Starring: George Zucco

4B: The Mad Monster (1942) 77 minutes. Starring: George Zucco

5A: Maniac (1934) 67 minutes. Starring: Bill Woods

5A: Metropolis (1927) 115 minutes. Starring: Gustav Frolich

5B: The Vampire Bat (1933) 69 minutes. Starring: Melvyn Douglas

5B: The Ape (1940) 62 minutes. Starring: Boris Karloff

5B: The Monster Maker (1944) 65 minutes. Starring: J. Carrol Naish

6A: The Killer Shrews (1959) 70 minutes. Starring: James Best

6A: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) 92 minutes. Starring: Jason Evers

6B: Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) 67 minutes. Starring: John Barrymore

7A: Bluebeard (1944) 73 minutes. Starring: John Carradine

7A: The Corpse Vanishes (1942) 64 minutes. Starring: Bela Lugosi

7B: Night of the Living Dead (1968) 90 minutes. Starring: Judith O'Dea

7B: Doomed to Die (1940) 67 minutes. Starring: Boris Karloff

8A: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 79 minutes. Starring: Lon Chaney

8A: The Indestructible Man (1956) 70 minutes. Starring: Lon Chaney Jr.

8B: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) 100 minutes. Starring: Lon Chaney

8B: Nosferatu (1922) 63 minutes. Starring: Max Shreck

9A: Swamp Women (1955) COLOR 73 minutes. Starring: Mike Connors

9A: The World Gone Mad (1933) 70 minutes. Starring: Pat O'Brien

9B: Little Shop of Horrors (1960) 70 minutes. Starring: Jack Nicholson

9B: Tormented (1960) 75 minutes. Starring: Richard Carlson

10A: The Monster Walks (1932) 60 minutes. Starring: Rex Lease

10A: Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (1967) COLOR 90 minutes. Starring: Tamro Kawaji

10B: The Gorilla (1937) 67 minutes. Starring: The Ritz Brothers

10B: A Shriek in the Night (1933) 66 minutes. Starring: Ginger Rogers

11A: Bloodlust (1961) 68 minutes. Starring: Robert Reed

11A: The Amazing Mr. X (1948) 78 minutes. Starring: Richard Carlson

11B: Last Woman on Earth (1960) COLOR 71 minutes. Starring: Robert Towne

11B: The Bat (1959) 80 minutes. Starring: Vincent Price

12A: House on Haunted Hill (1958) 75 minutes. Starring: Vincent Price

12A: The Last Man on Earth (1964) 86 minutes. Starring: Vincent Price

12B: Dementia 13 (1963) 75 minutes. Starring: William Campbell

12B: Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1956) 80 minutes. Starring: Kent Taylor
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this set. You might find something you like., February 2, 2008
This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
I really enjoyed this box set. I've seen a couple of these moves but most of these were new to me and I found quite a few that I liked and very few that I didn't. All in all a great set. Below I'm going to list the title of the movie as it appeared in the set a rating and a brief synopsis. All movies rated out of 5 stars.
1=Awful,2=Poor,3=Fair,4=Good and 5=Great

1.Carnival of Souls 5/5 A woman and her two friends are drag racing when there car goes off a bridge into the river but somehow she manages to survive. Creepy and fun a must see.
2. Atomic Age Vampire 3/5 A scientist makes a serum using female glands that can make a woman beautiful again after she's scarred in an car accident,but to make it permanent He must kill to get more glands for the serum. Good concept but could be dull at times.
3. Creature from the Haunted Sea 1/5 A revolution breaks out on a carribean island and a mobster offers some nationalists (and the government's money) protection on his boat all the while planning to kill the nationalists and take the money blaming it on a sea monster. He soon finds out that the sea monster is real. I usually like Roger Corment's movies but I just couldn't get into this one. It seemed to drag forever. I will say one good thing though the moster was good for a laugh. (It looks like something off of Sesame Street!)
4. Nightmare Castle 4/5 A count finds out that his wife has been unfaithful and tortures her and her lover to death. About a year later the count remarries and his new wife immediately starts having terrible dreams. Barbara Steel was great in the dual role of the first and second wives and the atmosphere was creepy. Good
5.Black Dragons 3/5 More of a Crime-Drama\Mystery than Horror. American leaders are being murdered and all have a Japanese dagger in there hand when they're found. The cardboard sleeve gives it all away. Ok but not really horror.
6. The Invisible Ghost 4/5 A good man is driven to kill by what He thinks is his wife's ghost. One of Lugosi's better B movies. Good
7. One Body Too Many 3/5 An insurence agent comes to a house to sell a life insurence policy and discovers that the owner is already dead and that the relatives have to stay at the house until the body is picked up. Lugosi plays a small part as a butler in this one. Ok
8. White Zombie 4/5 A man is furious after the woman He loves rejects his marriage proposal and enlists the help of a voodoo priest (Bela Lugosi) to make her a zombie. Good
9. Attack of the Giant Leeches 2/5 A game warden is skeptical when the locals start telling stories about a bloodsucking creature but later becomes convinced when more and more bloodless bodies start turning up. This movie was pretty slow and dull but at least the giant leeches sort of looked like leeches eventhough you could tell they were made of rubber. Good for a laugh.
10. The Screaming Skull 4/5 Newlyweds move into the husband's house that He shared with his first wife and his new wife starts seeing a skull everywhere. This one was fun but a little predictible.
11.Beast of Yucca Flats 1/5 A man is exposed to massive dose of radiation when a nuclear bomb explodes and is turned into a hulk like monster. Would have been so much better without the stupid narration!
12.The Terror 3/5 Jack Nicholson plays a french military officer in the 19th century who gets lost along the coast and comes upon a mysteries girl who helps him find his way then disappears. Nicholson then finds his way to a castle were the girl may live. A little strange but not too bad.
13.Revolt of the Zombies 1/5 After WW I a count hidden in Cambodia has discovered how to re-animate corpses and turn them into zombies,He then plans to expand his empire using an army of zombies. A expedition is sent to the capital city of Angkar to stop him but one of the members of the expedition has plans to steal the secrets of zombie making for his own purposes. Good concept but extremely dull movie. I had trouble sitting through this one.
14.The Giant Gila Monster 2/5 A machanic with dreams of becoming a singer must save his little sister and others from a giant gila monster. Would've been better if the guy wasn't singing though half the movie. Is this a musical or a horror movie?
15.The Fatal Hour 3/5 This isn't a horror movie it's a crime/detective movie. Mr.Wong(Boris Karloff) investigates the murder of a police officer with a police capitain and a reporter. Ok mystery
16.Dead Men Walk 4/5 George Zucco plays the clayton twins. Lloyd Clayton murders his evil brother Elwyn who is into the dark arts and returns from the grave to get revenge. Good
17.The Mad Monster 2/5 A scientist who has been discredited in the academic community as mad discovers a formula that turn his assistant into a werewolf. Boring
18.Maniac 1/5 A mad scientist is attempting the re-animation of dead tissue when he dies and his assistant assumes his identity. As the assistant slowly descends into madness clips from the silent films Witchcraft through the Ages and Siegfred are cut into the story. Good premise but dull.
19.Metropolis (Silent) 4/5 More sci-fi than horror. In a futuristic society the technocrats (upper class)live in luxury above ground while the lower class are made to live under ground as slaves and run the machnes that make the metropolis run. When the son of one of the leaders of the technocrats falls in love with a slave girl,He is confronted by the intolerable conditions that the slave laborers must live in and tries to help them. A story that really makes you think.
20.The Vampire Bat 2/5 A detective is asked to investigate numerous gory deaths thought by the locals to be the work of vampire bats that can become human. Boring
21.The Ape 4/5 A researcher tring to create a polio vaccine disquises himself as an ape to kill people in order to get enough spinal fluid to create the vaccine. Good
22. The Monster Maker 4/5 A mad scientist injects a famous pianist with a horrible disease without his knowledge that leaves him horribly deformed. In exchange for an antidote the scientist wants money and the pianist's daughter's hand in marriage. Good I felt so sorry for that poor man.
23.The Killer Shrews 2/5 On a remote island giant rat-like creatures escape a lab during a hurricane and eat all the other animals on the island then go after the humans. Good for a laugh. It's obvision that the "shrews" are dogs.
24. The Brain that Wouldn't Die 4/5 A doctor who's been experimenting with transplantation and electric shock to try to bring the newly deceased back to life, manages to keep his fiancee's head alive after a car accident decapitates her. Good
25.King of the Zombies 3/5 While looking for a missing admiral whose plan had crashed on an island (during World War II). An American special agent,his valet and a pilot also crash on the island and are helped by a strange doctor. Ok
26.Dr. Jeckyll & Mr.Hyde (Silent) 4/5 Kind Dr.Jeckyll discovers a formula that turns him into his complete opposite Mr.Hyde. John Barrymore does a good job playing Jeckyll/Hyde He made them both unique characters. Good
27.Bluebeard 3/5 A successful 19th century puppeteer in Paris lives a secret life as a serial killer named Bluebeard who kills beautiful women who fail to meet his impossible standards. His assistant Lucille soon learns the truth and vows to bring him to justice. Ok
28.The Corpse Vanishes 4/5 A doctor's aging wife needs glands harvested from virgins in order to retain her eternal youth and beauty so the doctor kidnapes brides before they can complete there vows. Good
29. Night of the Living Dead 5/5 Radiation causes the dead to rise and start feeding on the living. Seven people are held up in a farmhuse tring to survive. Great a must see for any horror fan.
30. Doomed to Die 3/5 Boris Karloff returns in another detective story about the detective Mr. Wong. This time when the ship "The Wentworth Castle" catches fire killing several people the owner of the ship Cyrus Wentworth is found shot to death. Captain Bill Street and Bobbie Logan from "The Fatal Hour" must help Wong find out what happened. Ok
31.The Phantom of the Opera (Silent) 4/5 Erik is a disfigured man who haunts the Paris opera house, calling himself the phantom. He falls in love with a beautiful understudy (Christine) and frightens the lead saprano into quiting hoping that Christine will return his love. Good I felt sorry for the phantom at the end.
32. The Indestructible Man 3/5 Charles "Butcher" Benton is an executed man who is brought back to life by a scientist and goes after his lawyer who wants to get his hands on $600,000 in robbery money that he hid. Ok
33. The Hutchback of Notre Dame (Silent) The beautiful Esmerelda is accused of tring to kill her boyfriend and is sentenced to death and Quasimodo Notre Dame's bell ringer gives her sanctuary until she can get an appeal. There's alot more leading up to this but I don't want to give the whole story away. Good
34.Nosferatu (Silent) A German version of Dracula. A real estate agent goes to Transilvania to close a sale with Herr Orlok and discovers that he's a vampire. One of the best vampire's ever. Maz Schreck does a great job playing Nosferatu.
35. Swamp Women 2/5 Another crime-drama. Three women along with an under cover cop pretending to be a convict escape from prison and go into the swamp looking for thousands of dollars worth of jewels that they've hidden there. Pretty lame,but there was one scene of a woman getting eaten by an aligator.
36. The World Gone Mad 3/5 A district attorney and a reporter try to find out who killed there friend who was the former D.A. who just happened to have uncovered massive stock fraud a short time before. A crime drama Ok
37. The Little Shop of Horrors 4/5 Shy Seymour works in Mr. Muschnick's flower shop and in his spare time works on developing a new strain of exotic plants which He hopes will make him famous some day. He gets Audrey Junior (named after his girlfriend) who must have human blood in order to survive. Funny
38.Tormented 4/5 Up in an old lighthouse a pianist tries to break up with his lover so that he can marry someone else but she wont take no for an answer and when the railing breaks he lets her die and that's when the haunting starts. Good
39.The Monster Walks 3/5 A woman comes home to claim here inheritence after her fathe dies under mysterious circumstances. Her father owed a pet ape and after the girl arrives murders start occuring. It it the ape? Kind of silly but still fun.
40. Monster from a Prehistoric Planet 4/5 When a group of explorers land on a remote island in the South Pacific they discover a tribe of natives that worship a god named Gappa. During an Earthquake a cave is revealed and the explorers find a reptile egg. The egg hatches and the explorers take the creature back to a zoo in Tokyo. We then find out that the Gappa (imagine Godzilla crossed with a chicken) are not gods but the names of the reptiles the inhabit the island and they will stop at nothing to get there baby back. Good in a so bad it's good kind of way.
41.The Gorilla 2/5 A serial killer called the gorilla threatens an attotney and He calls on The Ritz Brthers to act as bodyguards. A comedy/mystery the only really funny person was the housekeeper otherwise pretty boring.
42. A Shriek in the Night 2/5 When a millionaire falls to his death from his penthouse balcony,it's discovered that it may be murder. The buildings residents come under suspcion especially since more people end up dead. An early Ginger Rogers movie before she teamed up with Fred Astaire. Boring
43.Bloodlust! 4/5 A group of teenagers decide to go exploring on what they think is a deserted island,but discover a crazy millionaire who likes to hunt down people for fun. Good
*Note+ The Cardboard sleeve says that Bloodlust! was made in 1959 and runs 89 mins. but mine only ran 68 mins. I checked with a movie data base and the info should read Bloodlust! 1961 68 mins.
44.The Amazing Mr.X 4/5 A young widow thinks that she hears the voice of her dead husband calling out to her from the ocean. While walking along the beach she meets Alexis a man who know much more than he should about her. Good suspense
45. Last Woman on Earth 4/5 Ev,her husband Harold and their lawyer friend Martin are diving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resruface they discover that a temporary interruption of oxygen has killed possibly everyone in the world. Good
46.The Bat 3.5/5 A mystery writer is renting a house from a bank president who has hidden a million dollars worth of stolen money in the house and the killer called "The Bat" will stop at nothing to find tt. Pretty good
47.The House on Haunted Hill 4.5/5 Vincent Price rents out the house on haunted hill and offers 5 people $10,000 each if they will spend the night there. Great haunted house movie but the ending left a little to be desired.
48.The Last Man on Earth 5/5 Vincent Price plays Robert Morgan a scientist who is the last surviving man since a plague has turned everyone else into vampires.
49.Dementia 13 4/5 Lady Haloran tortures herself over the drowning death of her little girl sever years earlier. Francis Ford Coppola's directoral debute. Good
50.Phantom from 10,000 Leagues 2/5 When horribly burned radioactive bodies begin turning up on a beach the government sends a scientist and an agent to investigate. Pretty dull.
I hope this review has helped someone. I would highly recommend this set,with 50 movies your sure to find something that you like. Over half of these movies I had never heard of and i ended up liking most of them give it a try.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag (No Surprise), April 26, 2004
This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
First off, I have not seen all 50 movies, only about 28 so far. But I have some opinions on this package already. The movies come on 12 double-sided DVDs with the contents clearly marked on the inner ring of each disc. Each DVD comes in a cardboard sleeve with the movie's description printed on it. The menus are basic, scene selection is awkward but if you just want to watch the whole movie, it works fine. The quality of the picture and sound vary considerably. Some of the movies are a bit blurry with muddy sound and some missing frames, but all were watchable to me. Some of the movies are outstandingly clear both in picture and sound, such as 'Beast of Yucca Flats' (which may be the worst movie I have ever seen).
The silent movies have a musical soundtrack, but it doesn't really go with the action. "Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde', for instance, sounds like someone put a Bach organ recital CD on and just let it play. I don't understand why 'Metropolis' was included in a horror package, but it's a good movie.
I know I sound as if I didn't like this set, but I have found it very entertaining and there is more variety to the selections than I expected. There are some real standouts, such as 'Carnival of Souls' that make this set worthwhile if you are of a mind to enjoy old movies.
I rated it three stars because the quality of the transfers could be improved on quite a bit; but really if you factor in the price, it is an enormous bargain. I plan to get several of the other 50 movie sets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars On a 1 to 10 scale, this collection is rated: 4.7, April 17, 2007
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The true "classics" in the HORROR CLASSICS 50 MOVIE PACK were all made prior to the sound era. Each and every one of these half-dozen silents are among the most famous films of all time. They feature such luminaries as the immortal Max Schreck, John Barrymore (before the "Great Profile" got eroded by alcohol) and "The Man Of 1,000 Faces," Lon Chaney (the father).

As for what's left-- it's a mixed bag. Many of Lugosi's lesser efforts, a couple by Karloff, Price and Chaney Jr. can be found. The type of low-budget bombs lampooned by John Goodman's MATINEE are present, as well. HORROR CLASSICS is a delighfully diverse collection of some of the weirdest, the best AND the worst fright flicks ever made.

The 1 to 10 average for this box set was calculated from polling data maintained by a film resource website. The current rating for HORROR CLASSICS is: 4.7.

The alphabetized program list that follows includes individual poll scores, years of release and prominent performers for each title.

(6.8) The Amazing Mr. X (1948) - Turhan Bey/Lynn Bari/Richard Carlson
(4.1) The Ape (1940) - Boris Karloff/Maris Wrixson/Gene O'Donnell
(3.2) Atom Age Vampire (Italy-1960) - Alberto Lupo
(2.8) Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959) - Ken Clark/Yvette Vickers
(6.6) The Bat (silent-1926) - Jack Pickford/Louise Fazenda
(2.5) The Beast Of Yucca Flats (1961) - Douglas Mellor/Barbara Francis
(4.2) Black Dragons (1942) - Bela Lugosi/Joan Barclay/Clayton Moore
(2.2) Bloodlust! (1961) - Wilton Graff/Robert Reed/June Kenney
(6.2) Bluebeard (1944) - John Carradine/Jean Parker
(3.2) The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - Jason Evers/Virginia Leith
(7.1) Carnival Of Souls (1961) - Candace Hilligoss/Frances Feist
(3.4) The Corpse Vanishes (1942) - Bela Lugosi/Luana Walters
(2.5) Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961) - Antony Carbone/Betsy Jones-Moreland
(4.6) Dead Men Walk (1943) - George Zucco/Mary Carlisle
(5.6) Dementia 13 (1963) - William Campbell/Luana Anders/Patrick Magee (in support)
(5.4) Doomed To Die (1940) - Boris Karloff/Marjorie Reynolds
(7.0) Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (silent-1920) - John Barrymore/Charles Lane
(5.1) The Fatal Hour (1940) - Boris Karloff/Marjorie Reynolds/Jason Robards Sr. (minor role)
(2.8) The Giant Gila Monster (1959) - Don Sullivan/Fred Graham
(4.9) The Gorilla (1939) - Jimmy, Harry & Al Ritz/Anita Louise/Patsy Kelly/Bela Lugosi (in support)
(6.7) The House On Haunted Hill (1959) - Vincent Price/Carolyn Craig/Richard Long
(7.4) The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (silent-1923) - Lon Chaney/Patsy Ruth Miller
(2.8) Indestructible Man (1956) - Lon Chaney Jr./Max Showalter
(4.7) Invisible Ghost (1941) - Bela Lugosi/Polly Ann Young
(2.8) The Killer Shrews (1959) - James Best/Ingrid Goude
(4.7) King Of The Zombies (1941) - Dick Purcell/Joan Woodbury/Mantan Moreland
(6.9) The Last Man On Earth (USA/Italy-1960) - Vincent Price/Christi Courtland (in support)
(4.6) Last Woman On Earth (1960) - Betsy Jones-Moreland/Antony Carbone
(6.2) The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960) - Jonathan Haze/Jackie Joseph/Jack Nicolson (bit part)
(2.8) The Mad Monster (1942) - Johnny Downs/George Zucco/Anne Nagel/Glenn Strange
(2.4) Maniac (1934) - William Woods/Horace B. Carpenter
(8.4) Metropolis (silent-German-1927) - Alfred Abel/Gustav Fröhlich
(2.5) Monster From A Prehistoric Planet (USA/Japan-1967)
(4.9) The Monster Maker (1944) - J. Carroll Naish/Ralph Morgan
(4.1) The Monster Walks (1932) - Rex Lease/Vera Reynolds/Mischa Auer
(7.9) Night Of the Living Dead (1968) - Duane Jones/Judith O'Dea
(5.3) Nightmare Castle (Italy-1965) - Barbara Steele/Laurence Clift (in support)
(8.1) Nosferatu (silent-Germany-1922) - Max Schreck/Greta Schröder
(5.3) One Body Too Many (1944) - Jack Haley/Jean Parker/Bela Lugosi/Lyle Talbot
(2.4) The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955) - Kent Taylor/Cathy Downs
(7.7) The Phantom Of The Opera (silent-1925) - Lon Chaney/Mary Philbin
(2.6) Revolt Of The Zombies (1936) - Dorothy Stone/Dean Jagger/Bela Lugosi ("The Eyes" - archive footage)
(2.9) The Screaming Skull (1958) - John Hudson/Peggy Webber
(5.9) A Shriek In The Night (1933) - Ginger Rogers/Lyle Talbot
(2.2) Swamp Women (1955) - Beverly Garland/Mike Connors/Ed Nelson (in support)
(4.8) The Terror (1963) - Boris Karloff/Jack Nicholson/Jonathan Haze (in support)
(2.6) Tormented (1960) - Richard Carlson/Susan Gordon
(5.4) The Vampire Bat (1933) - Lionel Atwill/Fay Wray/Melvyn Douglas
(6.5) White Zombie (1932) - Bela Lugosi/Madge Bellamy
(5.2) The World Gone Mad (1933) (Pat O'Brien/Neil Hamilton/J Carroll Naish
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Halloween Gift for Old School Horror Fans, October 10, 2005
This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
If you're the type of person who loved staying up late at night to watch obscure horror movies, this DVD set is probably right up your alley. Virtually every film collected here started off as a Double Feature and then ended up as the Late Late Movie on local TV. There are some geniune classics here, like 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'Carnival of Souls,' as well as a large assortment of worthwhile cult oddities like 'The Brain that Wouldn't Die' and 'Nightmare Castle' and Saturday afternoon schlock like 'House on Haunted Hill.' And, of course, there's Bela Lugosi in the eerie 'White Zombie,' along with several of his weaker efforts.

I highly recommend this DVD set but would like to offer a few caveats that aren't totally clear from the product description.

1)A handful of these films (like 'Nosferatu' and 'Phantom of the Opera')are silent movies. If you don't like silent movies this is a drawback. They also don't have extended or interesting musical scores added to them. I suggest turning the sound down and listening to something by Goblin or Tangerine Dream instead

2)Only four of the fifty films are in color. These include 'The Terror' and 'Monster from a Prehistoric Planet.' Ironically these are among the weakest films.

3)For the most part, these are well-worn TV prints. There are plenty of visible scratches in many of the films, and lots of harsh mono sound. To me, these flaws are part of the charm of these old movies in the same way that pops and crackles on old vinyl are charming. You might not agree. I've seen cleaner versions of 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'Carnival of Souls' elsewhere, but I doubt that the original negatives still exist for most of these movies, so restoration might be impossible. Regardless, if you're hoping to see the gorier, sexier versions of Italian dubbed shockers like 'Atom Age Vampire' and 'Nightmare Castle,' you're out of luck, my friend.

4)Some of these films, like 'Vampire Bat' and the Mr Wong movies starring Boris Karloff, are really supernaturally-themed mysteries rather than true horror films.

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this collection of low-tech, old school creepy movies. They may be for an acquired taste, but if you collected Famous Monsters as a kid you'll want to snatch up a copy of this set while they last!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schlock In The Box Deluxe!, November 20, 2005
This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
Unless you're the analy retentive type that has to have the digitally remastered three disc collectors edition of everthing, forget it cause I dont think that Criterion is releasing the boxset history of the drive-in/late night horror film circa pre nineteen seventies and if they did it would cost you a pretty penny.However if you're an old school ghoul who values a buck and a healthy dose of cinematic cheese then this is definately your pot of gruesome gold.The quality is iffy at times and in true exploitation fashion the Bait and Switch method is used on several titles that sound good but turn out to be crime dramas or drawing room mystery comedies. It don't matter really as you get to see Boris Karloff pretend to be Charlie Chan and that's worth forty cents an episode.I owned half the movies already and I still found it to be a good value. A couple of the films turned out to be widescreen while my previously purchased more expensive copies were flat 16mm TV prints.The Print for Metropolis unfortunately is really awful but you're not buying this set for class,you're buying it for the films you can't tape off of TCM and so what if not all the films are winners . Howlers like BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS,LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA,and THE KILLER SHREWS all retail for about seven bucks a piece else where and have scads of entertainment value.I mean, who can argue with dogs in giant rat suits and monsters made out of steel wool and ping pong balls? Without these titles there we would not haveMST3K.If all this twern't enough you also get a few winners tossed in like PHANTOM OF THE OPERA,WHITE ZOMBIE,CARNIVAL OF SOULS, LAST MAN ON EARTH and DEMENTIA 13.THere are even groups and blogs on the net where people watch one of these films every week and then critique them.So,pull up a chair,put on your footy pajamas and let the vintage creepiness procede.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best of the 50 Movie Pack Collection series, March 3, 2007
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This is a wonderful package, possibly the best of the 50 Movie Packs. The reason for this is that although bad comedy and musicals are often just bad, bad horror is often good comedy. I think the success of Mystery Science 3000 proves this point. There are some awful films in here, usually because they are too slow. However, most of it, if not good horror or mystery, is at least good campy fun. The transfers are average quality, so if you think you have struck gold and that you are getting the actual restored versions of Noseferatu and Metropolis, guess again. Nobody else actually listed every movie with a brief description, so I do this next. The asterisk indicates an exceptionally good film by my estimation. Sometimes they are truly classic such as "Metropolis", and sometimes they are just my personal favorites such as "The World Gone Mad". I list the films in chronological order.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore (1920) - rather campy presentation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.

* Nosferatu starring Max Schreck (1922) - F. W. Murnau's stolen version of Dracula may be the creepiest ever.

* The Hunchback of Notre Dame Lon Chaney, Sr. (1923) - Another classic tale, this one more of a melodrama.

* The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney, Sr. (1925) - The definitive rendition of the Phantom.

* Metropolis starring Gustav Frolich (1927) - Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece about a society divided into two classes - those who labor and those who profit from that labor.

* White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi (1932) - A woman is killed and then resurrected as a zombie by a Haitian witch doctor.

The Monster Walks starring Rex Lease (1932) - This early talkie is one of the worst horror films ever made, and that's part of the fun.

* The World Gone Mad starring Pat O'Brien (1933) - A thriller, not a horror film, about a corporate plot uncovered by a reporter.

A Shriek in the Night starring Ginger Rogers (1933) - Slow low budget mystery before Fred came along to take Ginger away from all of this.

The Vampire Bat (1933) - When bloodless bodies start turning up, is it the work of a murderer or a vampire? This not so bad production has a pretty good cast including Fay Wray and Melvin Douglas.

Maniac starring Bill Woods (1934) - A mad doctor goes around restoring life to the lifeless, even if he has to kill people to do it. A weird film by a man who was originally a real estate agent.

Revolt of the Zombies starring Dean Jagger (1936) - A French expedition into Indochina to destroy a formula for creating zombie soldiers played out against the backdrop of a love triangle.

The Gorilla starring The Ritz Brothers (1939) - A comedy/thriller starring those C- Marx Bros. imitations, the Ritz's.

The Fatal Hour starring Boris Karloff (1940) - Karloff as detective James Lee Wong in a knock-off of Charlie Chan.

Doomed to Die starring Boris Karloff (1940) - A rather ridiculous mystery in which Karloff is back as James Lee Wong.

The Ape starring Boris Karloff (1940) - Karloff is a doctor seeking a cure for polio and roaming the city at night dressed as an ape. There's a connection between the two activities - honest!

Invisible Ghost starring Bela Lugosi (1941) - Lugosi is driven to kill by the sight of what he thinks is his dead wife.

* King of the Zombies starring Dick Purcell (1941) - Extremely politically incorrect film with hilarious one-liners by Mantan Moreland that turn what could have been a dismally slow horror film into a delightful comedy.

Black Dragons starring Bela Lugosi (1942) - Bela was reduced to working in very bad films such as this spy movie after his star began to fall.

The Corpse Vanishes starring Bela Lugosi (1942) - ridiculous tale of a man who kills brides and uses their bodily fluids to keep his wife young.

The Mad Monster starring George Zucco (1942) - A fun if somewhat slow film about a scientist who is shunned by his peers just because he likes to go around inventing formulas that turn humans into monsters.

Dead Men Walk starring George Zucco (1943) - Good twin kills an evil twin. The evil twin then emerges from the grave a vampire in search of revenge. Zucco does a good job playing the role of the twins.

Blue Beard starring John Carradine (1944) - slow moving tale of a deranged man who likes to paint pictures of girls before he strangles them.

One Body Too Many starring Bela Lugosi - (1944) - Actually more of a comedy in which Lugosi is the butler in a house of greedy relatives visiting to hear the will of the departed and wealthy Uncle Cyrus.

The Monster Maker starring Carrol Naish (1944) - An entertaining horror film in which a mad doctor infects people with a disfiguring disease just because he is the only one who has a cure.

* The Amazing Mr. X starring Turhan Bay (1948) - A widow stuck in the past, a fake greedy spiritualist, and a detective on the trail of the unexplained make for a very well done B+ film noir.

Swamp Women starring Mike Connors (1955) - Bad girls escaped from prison looking for their stolen treasure in the bayou. Definitely not up to being MST3K material.

Phantom from 10,000 Leagues starring Kent Taylor (1955) - Radioactivity is to blame for creating a sea monster.

The Indestructible Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr. (1956) - A career criminal railroaded into a murder rap is executed but then brought back to life by a mad scientist looking for a cancer cure. Frankenstein meets film noir.

The Screaming Skull starring John Hudson (1958) - Predictable story of a widower who remarries, but their home seems to be haunted by the previous wife.

The Bat starring Vincent Price (1959) - A crazed killer is on the prowl in a house full of people.

* The House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price (1959) - Showman William Castle's tale about people who are offered a large cash prize by a wealthy man if they survive the night in a haunted house.

Attack of the Giant Leeches starring Ken Clark (1959) - So bad it's good. A giant leech is stealing backwoods bayou residents and feeding on them. Hilarity ensues.

The Giant Gilla Monster starring Don Sullivan (1959) - An out-of-what pituitary gland causes a gilla monster to grow to tremendous size and threaten the inhabitants of rural Texas. An OK monster film.

The Killer Shrews starring Thorne Sherman (1959) - A mad scientist has an unusual pursuit - creating giant rodents that look a lot like dogs dressed in fragments of carpet. I found it hilarious in dialogue and effects.

Tormented starring Richard Carlson (1960) - A man dumps his mistress via murder to marry a society girl. The problem is the girl haunts him piece by body piece.

Last Woman on Earth starring Robert Towne (1960) - A trio of scuba divers emerge from the water to find everyone else has died an atomic age death. They have plenty of everything, but only one woman.

Atom Age Vampire starring Alberto Lupo (1960) - A scientist must have a fresh supply of dead young women to keep his own beloved beautiful after she is involved in a bad auto accident. It's been done before, and it's been done better.

Bloodlust starring Robert Reed (1961) - A very badly done film about a wealthy man stalking human prey on his private island.

Creature from the Haunted Sea starring Robert Towne (1961) - A criminal is killing his partners and blaming the death on a mythical sea monster, but the monster is actually real.

Beast of Yucca Flats starring Tor Johnson (1961) - After Ed Wood made him a star, Tor Johnson got the lead in a tale about a Russian scientist transformed into a homicidal beast by an atomic bomb blast.

* The Little Shop of Horrors starring Jack Nicholson (1962) - A strange plant grows to mammoth proportions feeding on human blood.

* Carnival of Souls starring Candace Hilligoss (1962) - Ponders the question - When the emotionally dead actually die, do they even notice?

* The Brain That Wouldn't Die starring Jason Evers (1962) - When a doctor's fiance is decapitated in a car accident he keeps the head alive until he can find her another body. The head is not happy about this.

* Dementia 13 starring William Campbell (1963) - Early Francis Ford Coppola film is a low budget psychological thriller.

The Terror starring Boris Karloff (1963) - Campy horror/mystery about a French soldier who runs across a castle in which mysterious events occur.

* The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price (1964) - Price is a doctor and also the sole survivor of a plague in which the victims rise at night as zombies. Is he alone on earth or isn't he?

Nightmare Castle starring Barbara Steele (1966) - A pair of murder victims rise from the grave to seek revenge on the woman's husband, who is their murderer.

Monster from a Prehistoric Planet starring Tamio Kawaji (1967) - An obvious take-off on Godzilla.

* Night of the Living Dead starring Judith O'Dea (1968) - Radiation causes the recently dead to come to life, causing them to eat the flesh of the living, who then die and come back to life, and so on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the price you're paying, you can't go wrong, January 10, 2005
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This review is from: Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
I love old horror films. "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Wolfman," "The Invisible Man," "The Mummy," "The Creature," etc. Now, you're not going to get quality horror on this set like those films. But the films on this set are not that bad. In fact, if you like old horror or mystery films, this set proves to be quite entertaining.

Not all the films on this set are horror. Many films are included simply because they star actors who typically act in horror films. Films like "The Bat" with Vincent Price, or "One Body Too Many" with Bela Lugosi aren't really horrific at all. They're more murder mysteries than horror films. But that's ok because they're still good films.

I love Metropolis, although I don't know why it's is on this set and not the 50 Movie Sci-Fi Classics set. Also, the print quality for this film is terrible. The same goes for Nosferatu. For great films like these two, I recommend buying their restored versions as well, even though they're on this set.

For what you're paying, this set is well worth the price. Every film I've watched has been at least somewhat entertaining. So if you like old cheesy horror films, this is the set for you!
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