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Director Dante Tomaselli merges two disturbing story lines into a visually arresting chiller. At the onset, a group of teens escapes from a drug rehab center, heading toward a supposed promise of salvation at the house of a psychopathic reverend Salo, Jr. Leader of the pack, Luck, fueled by major hallucinogens, transports the gang to the reverend's isolated house where a simultaneous second plot is evolving… Once there, a bizarre and disturbing series of events unfold as the teens discover that the reverend and his wife have enslaved their daughter through enforced drug addiction and psychic brainwashing. In this nightmarish universe, nothing is what it seems. The only salvation appears to be the guidance of her paternal grandfather Reverend Salo, Sr. But hope is quickly jeopardized when it is revealed that Salo, Sr's comforting visitations are from beyond the grave. Shortly after the arrival of the rehab escapees, Luck shoots and kills Salo, Jr. and his wife. This eruption of bloody violence is a catalyst for the unleashing of dark forces including torture, a chamber of horrors, and murderous attacks by a demonic satanic goat and an army of zombies. This is a nightmarish universe where nothing is what it seems. The ambiguous ending is left open for interpretation with a guarantee of being intriguing and darkly nihilistic.

If disconnected glimpses of classic horror-movie visions were all it took, Horror would easily be counted a low-budget masterpiece. New Jersey-born filmmaker Dante Tomaselli (who certainly has a great name for a horror movie director) has obviously studied the imagery of the Bava-Argento line of Italian horror, and he's conjured some genuinely creepy sights: a black goat standing in the snow, a doll's head melting, a girl sliding silently from beneath a bed. This stuff gets under your skin, no doubt, but it would be nice if Tomaselli supplied some coherent reason to be watching all this. Girl-in-peril Lizzy Mahon is a cut above the generally awkward acting, but the top-lined performer is the Amazing Kreskin, whose kooky mentalism hugger-mugger is cleverly incorporated into his role as a faith-healing preacher. (Tomaselli has Kreskin, Ed Wood had Criswell…discuss.) It doesn't really make sense, but psychotronic viewers will want to see it. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Still Photo Gallery
  • Rare Backstage Peek at The AMAZING KRESKIN Giving Cast Members Suggestions
  • Never-Before-Seen Clip From Tomaselli's First Short Film, DESECRATION

Product Details

  • Actors: Kreskin, Lizzy Mahon, Danny Lopes, Vincent Lamberti, Christie Sanford
  • Directors: Dante Tomaselli
  • Writers: Dante Tomaselli
  • Producers: Dante Tomaselli, Anthony J. Vorhies, Maria Tassiello, Tony Rullis
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Elite Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RUY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horror" on IMDb

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By A Customer on July 5, 2003
Format: DVD
HORROR is a dream come true for fans of offbeat horror movies. This movie is not for everyone but if you like dreamlike sets and demonic music you're in for a nice treat. Lots of crazy, deeply creepy imagery and sounds here. What did it all mean? You Are Going to Hell, which I gather was the premise since the director talks about it during his commentary. I also read the article in Fangoria Magazine - Alice in Wonderland on Acid. I liked HORROR better than DESECRATION, the director's first devil-movie effort. I thought the acting was actually quite good for a film of this budget (only $200, 000 and House of 1000 Corpses was about 7 million!!!!). Tomaselli works wonders with such a low budget. Lizzy Mahon as the Reverend's daughter was definitely the stand-out here. Some of the other actors were questionable. I have to mention there is a scene on a torture rack that will make you squirm. Kreskin is demented and sometimes funny as Grace's grandfather (who may be alive or dead?). The cinematography is gorgeous. Even if you have no idea what's happening, Tomaselli's usage of colors and sounds to paint his landscape of eerie nightmares is impressive. Now I hear that there is a remake of SUSPIRIA coming out. I'm upset and ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE!!!!!!! that Hollywood will ruin it (Isn't this happening to Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well?). I'd only want to see the Suspiria remake if Dante Tomaselli is directing. Is he? If he's not - somebody should get him because he really REALLY should. It would be fascinating to see the results. I know the director has got to be a fan of DARIO ARGENTO. Argento's influence is all over this movie (and DESECRATION). All in all, HORROR is an interesting little treat, from an underrated horror director we will hopefully be seeing a lot more from in the future. I dig his freaky satanic-themed movies and I can't wait for the next. Keep them coming.
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Having seen Dante Tomaselli's first feature film, Desecration, his latest, Horror, demonstrates that this up-and-coming filmmaker is perfecting his own style of filmmaking. While he does harken back to Italian horror maestros like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, the complex soundscapes Tomaselli creates for his movies are quite reminiscent of David Lynch's movies. And like John Carpenter, he also composes much of the soundtrack for his movies. This puts Tomaselli in good company indeed.
Horror is a creepy, waking nightmare a la Lost Highway where the protagonist is eternally damned. There are some truly striking images in Horror that linger in the brain long after the film ends. This is a truly unsettling, old school horror movie that is a breath of fresh air after the self-reflexive cycle of Scream films.
The DVD is packed with some nice extras. The real stand-out is the audio commentary by Tomaselli. He provides many fascinating insights into what inspires and influences him and unravels a bit of the ambiguity that the film creates.
Along with Larry Fessenden's Wendigo and the low budget Canadian werewolf film, Ginger Snaps, Tomaselli's Horror heralds a new wave of horror films that echo the no-holds-barred aesthetics of the '70s generation. Horror is definitely worth a look and remember the name Dante Tomaselli -- he's a filmmaker who's going places.
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HORROR is meant to be disjointed, disorienting, and disturbing. It achieves all three objectives. Like any nightmare, things jump around in time and space, or mutate into something completely different. Being off kilter is a big part of the fun! The imagery (that devilish goat, the jack-o-lanterns, etc.) is all part of Dante Tommaselli's bad dream / funhouse approach to horror film-making. It's said that H.P. Lovecraft wrote his stories based on his own nightmares. I believe Tomaselli does the same. The main character, Grace Salo (Lizzy Mahon) is doomed to roam this terror-scape, at the mercy of forces unspeakable. Her mother (Christie Sanford) and father (Vincent Lamberti) are depraved demons in human form. They keep Grace doped up w/ injections so they can carry on with their kidnapping and God knows what else. A group of rehab escapees -(high on alcohol, pot, and mushrooms)- stumbles right into the middle of this insanity. They've been invited to the Salo place for a little party. Due to the combination of drugs, a constant dream-state, and the forces of evil, the story twists around like a non-linear pretzel. In dreams (as well as in hell) time and space don't really matter. HORROR only makes sense to me if I accept it on it's own maniacal terms. There are plenty of great horror movies w/ perfect chronological order. This isn't one of them! This is a mindf***, designed to leave a dark impression in our minds. That's what I like about it...
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The second effort from independent filmmaker Dante Tomaselli, "Horror" blazes much of the same trail set forth with his first film "Desecration". "Horror" is a non-stop assault of strange imagery, drugged-out hallucinations, unexplainable continuity jumps and zealous religious fanaticism. Despite the obviously limited budget, "Horror" manages to raise some serious scares and contains some memorable scenes.
5 drug-addicted teenagers escape from a rehab clinic, steal a van and head on their way to the house of Salo, a psychotic preacher who visited them while they were locked up and offered promises of salvation. On the drive to Salo's house, the youths indulge themselves in all the booze, marijuana and mushrooms that their hearts desire. Upon arriving to Salo's house "Luck" the leader of the gang and most intoxicated of the group, stumbles into the house to find a young woman (Grace) being physically abused by what he sees as two demons. After shooting them both with his revolver, he discovers that he has in reality shot Salo and his wife, Grace's abusive parents. Somehow, the killings trigger a supernatural force over the house and its surroundings. The woods bordering the house are now filled with satanic symbolisms, trippy-looking trees with candy canes and Jack-O-lanterns attached to the branches and hordes of night-crawling ghouls.
It is noticeable right away that "Horror" is trying mightily hard to be a scary genre effort. For the most part, it succeeds. The woods bordering the house are filled with mist and fog and impending doom. This is one of the best examples I've seen in a while of a movie that effectively employs the use of sound as a tactic to scare the viewer using such devices as creaking doors, insane female giggling and blowing wind.
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