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Horror (2002)

Kreskin , Lizzy Mahon , Dante Tomaselli  |  R |  DVD
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  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RUY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horror" on IMDb

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

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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

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling mood piece July 5, 2003
By A Customer
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a filmmaker to watch out for! July 21, 2003
By Cubist
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Horror July 12, 2010
Illicit drug use and bad religion mix to become an ill-omen for five escaped mental patients when they arrive at a remote farm owned by a deranged preacher. Their minds create a hallucinatory nightmare that drives them to murder and madness as they attempt to escape from their own personal hells. HORROR adheres to a surreal dream-logic, where scenes bleed into one another and dreams blur into reality without ever distinguishing between the two. Director Dante Tomaselli focuses entirely on creating a frightening aesthetic, atmosphere, and mood, rather than establishing a linear story structure. Backlighting, fog effects, color filters, high- and low-angle shooting, each of these techniques are combined to heighten the constant state of unease and terror. HORROR also introduces a number of truly disturbing images that are accompanied by an unsettling score. The performances by the untrained cast are also forgivable given the size of the picture and the minimal dialog. Tomaselli comes through with this twisted vision of hell from the same vein of Horror as the works of Jim Ven Bebber.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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3.0 out of 5 stars It seems I liked this movie better than most... November 19, 2008
Horror (Dante Tomaselli, 2002)

I was quite fond of Tomaselli's first feature, 1999's Desecration, though judging by its IMDB rating I was one of the few. In any case, when I had a chance to see his second movie, Horror, I jumped. Once again I'm in the minority; while I laughed at the jack-o-lantern demons just as much as everyone else did (and no, they're not supposed to be funny), I found the movie quite watchable, and not nearly as confusing as everyone else seems to have. (Here's a hint: look at the final scene as a well-worn horror movie trope, though to tell you which one would spoil the entire film.)

The plot: Revered Salo, Jr. (Vincent Lamberti, who previously worked with Tomaselli on Desecration), visits a drug rehab facility to spread the good word. He also spreads some goods of the more illicit variety, while telling certain of the patients to come see him when they get out. (This all happens before the opening scenes.) When we open, a number of those patients, high on said goods, have decided to take him up on his offer by breaking out, stealing a van, and heading for the good father's farm. When they get there, however, they find out that perhaps the good Reverend may not have had their best interests at heart. The preacher's family is, shall we say, a little off. And what's up with that goat running around all over the place? The only halfway normal one of the bunch is Grace (In and Out's Lizzy McMahon), who may or may not be Salo Jr.'s daughter, but she's been messed up with years of brainwashing by her insane father. Her grandfather (played by the Amazing Kreskin-- yes, really)is the only stabilizing force in her life, but he's not exactly a rock in this ocean of chaos.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Horror(2003)
I just watched Horror last night after buying it on Amazon for $7 and it was brand new, I generally had low expectations from the film with it having a 2. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kcott44
1.0 out of 5 stars I saw this on the big screen!
How my ratings work:
5 - I really liked/loved it
4 - I liked it
3 - Could've been better/worth a look
2 - Just didn't live up to the potential
1 - Simply... Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by Marty Kingsley
1.0 out of 5 stars A horror to watch...
This is a sequence of nightmarish scenes wrapped around the bare bones of a story. Yes, there are a lot of surreal images, and even a few genuine scares and a clever ending. Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by Franco Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantasmagoria...
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... Read more
Published on February 28, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars The horror! The horror! OMGosh it's so awful!
LOL. Anyway, this is my first film by Donte Tomeselli, and I'm not really interested in his other films after seeing this. Read more
Published on July 26, 2007 by compsciguy
4.0 out of 5 stars if you like Argento.......
....chances are this one'll blow your skirt up. The look and feel of the film are very similar to early Argento (Inferno ex ). Stunning, disturbing visuals that make no sence. Read more
Published on March 18, 2007 by Lady Kah-Kah
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Nightmarie
Not a fan of newer Horror Movies but This movie is an A+++++++Striking Gothic Imagery And Haunting Music. Read more
Published on June 18, 2006 by A. Salgado
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Dante's movies...
Dante Tomaselli truly outdid himself with Horror. The strangely beautiful imagery is what makes his movies truly disturbing, and therefore truly effective. Read more
Published on March 7, 2006 by Michael Rosenstark
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for an indie...
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Some things that I liked about this movie was the locaion. The location reminded me alot of Children Of The Corn meets Wendigo. Read more
Published on January 3, 2006 by J. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightmarish vision of Dante Tomaselli
This is not your typical linear horror genre film, but it is not intended as such. Tomaselli carefully crafts a disconcerting nightmarish vision. Read more
Published on September 14, 2005 by D. Sippel
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