Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon (Whats the Matter with Helen, The Vagrant, The Godsend & The Outing)
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Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters star in this stylish shocker set in 1930s Hollywood about two women who come to Tinseltown to start an idyllic new life and end up in a terrifying nightmare. Directed by Curtis Harrington (Queen Of Blood, Games), this relentlessly frightening film also stars Dennis Weaver (McCloud).
When a strange woman has her baby at the Marlowes house, then disappears, Kate Marlowe is forced to keep the baby, Bonnie. She loves the child, but when her own children are systematically killed, suspicion turns to Bonnie.
Bill Paxton (Aliens) and Michael Ironside (Scanners) star in this humorous psychological thriller as an ambitious young executive whose life is turned upside-down when a vagrant (Marshall Bell, Starship Troopers) moves into his neighborhood.
THE OUTING (AKA The Lamp)
An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old womans house. They are killed and the lamp is sent to a museum to be studied. The curators daughter is soon possessed by the genie and invites her friends to spend the night at the museum, along with some uninvited guests.
Top Customer Reviews
-The Outing (1987): full screen, picture looks like a high quality VHS, no extras
It's about a evil genie that gets unleashed and causes rampage. It start off slow but picks up and doesn't stop. My favorite of the set.
-The Vagrant (1992): widescreen,has great picture, no extras
It's about a man moving into a new home but there's a bum that starts to make his life a living hell.
The movie is fun and there's never a dull moment..I enjoyed it a lot.
-What's the Matter with Helen (1971): widescreen, has great picture, no extras
It's about two women who sons go to prison for murder, the women start to get death threats. So they move to California to
get away from all that. But still this person keeps calling and one of the woman starts to see a man outside of their place.
The movie is a slow burner with a small kill count, I found it not really my cup of tea.
-The Godsend (1980): widescreen, has good picture, no extras
It's about a family who comes across a lost pregnant women so they take her in. She then has the baby at their house then
just vanishes. So they take care of the baby as their own..while it gets older it kills...it's a demon child.
The movie again is a slow burner but it's okay..I wouldn't watch it again.
"The Godsend" has its DVD debut also, but shows at 1.66:1(IMDB says 2.35:1). The color is pretty good and again, nothing to compare it to. Last is "The Outing", also DVD debut(had a DVD Pal) which is shown at 1.37:1 (IMDB says 1.85:1). Color is lousy, picture is dark, blacks blown out, no detail in night scenes, the whole movie is dark. Where did they get this print from, I wonder?
All in all, it didn't rate higher than a 3 star because of 2 movies are not in their correct aspect ratio. One already is in another set and one is a lousy print...but worth the $9 for the 4, but only for the two.
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? – If you enjoy watching Shelley Winters act the loon then you might want to give this a look. I won’t say what it is but its possible Fatal Attraction stole an idea from this film..? Not exactly captivating but would recommend to fans of strange cinema as a one-timer. Nice ending. FYI: Must avoid the musical numbers. Run far, far away from them. You’ve been warned.
THE VAGRANT – I thought I had the whodunit angle figured out but nope I had it all wrong. Dark comedy/satire has its moments but kinda fell apart towards the end. The steamroller lost its momentum and then took a dump without so much as bothering to wipe either. Definitely worth a look and who knows… you might get more out of it than I did.
THE GODSEND – Okay creepy kid award goes to. Believe me any rational adult would throw this little turd off a cliff. Slight riff on The Omen this peculiar little thriller is. Kind of lukewarm, but watch out for a brief but hard-to-forget appearance by Angela Pleasence whom, without much to do here, is still quite chilling in her near-somnambulant role, taking a backseat only to the insanely creepy (when she wants to be) Sheila Keith.
THE OUTING – Evil genie on the loose/dead teenager hybrid, 80s style… requisite slasher undertones (or is that overtones); bodycount movie. It does have some cool effects such as the scene where a guy has his head painfully turned all the way around and a cool bitten off fingers/blood-spurt gag. Great tagline – Don’t say see you later… say goodbye!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Vagrant and The Outing make it worth a purchase, but they are still DVD quality at the end of the day.Published 3 months ago by Trust Me, Folks
Wasn't as good as volume 2 but still a good set. The outing is probably the best film. The vagrant is good too. The other two are kinda "eh".Published 5 months ago by Paul G. Haapanen
A night in with a bunch of movies I haven't seen before except one. The Outing, I liked it from the first time I seen it on video and being different just left that mark on you. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robyn B. Mcgorm
bought this for the outing movie, which is hard to find. the quality is very goodPublished 6 months ago by mfmayes49