Carnival of Blood / Curse of the Headless Horseman (Special Edition)
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Carnival of Blood is one of those movies that is so bad, it's good. This is a no-budget B movie that really should be classified as a C movie, if there is such a thing. Basically the plot involves a psychopathic killer who stalks victims around the Coney Island amusement park in New York. This movie, believe it or not, has pretty good acting, but horrible direction, horrible cinematography, horrible lighting, horrible camerawork, and horrible special effects. BUT, there is something about this movie that hits the spot with me. I like the fact that it's set mostly at night in an amusement park, which is right up my alley. I'm also a fan of raw, grainy, unpolished film instead of everything being so crystal clear, polished, and infested with C.G.I. all the time. I like the time period the movie is set in as well, which is 1970, the height of the hippie era. Now, I don't care for the whole hippie subculture thing, but I feel a sense of nostalgia when I see old, grainy, early '70s films like this one. The hairstyles, the clothing, the cars, the fact that life was so much simpler back then - really resonates with me. Hippie folk music was used throughout the movie, and I feel that it's perfect for the movie. The music will really put you through a time warp. The only carnival music you'll hear is the music playing on the fairgrounds at Coney Island. It's fascinating to look at the old rides and attractions that were at Coney Island during this time period.Read more ›
Additionally, like all other SWV DVD's, there a bunch extras to bloody your appetite. There are two combo TV spots, about 30 seconds each(Curse of the Headless Horseman/Carnival of Blood) and 8 trailers(Asylum of Satan, Crypt of Dark Secrets, The Dead One, House of Exorcism, Hunchback of the Morgue, She Freak, 3 on a Meathook, and Werewolves on Wheels). You also get 3 Short Subjects. The first is called Carnival Show and runs about 9 mins. This short is in b&w and looks to be from the 40's. There's a guy who sells 'frankfurters' and does a musical about it.
The next two shorts are homemade. The first one is called The Hunchback of Massapequa Park and runs about 5 mins. There is no dialogue just dubbed in spooky music. It is in color and appears to have been made in the 70's. Shot in a real neighborhood and very, very weird! The second one is called Hands of Justice which runs about 6 mins. Also no dialogue. At certain points you see a computer screen with some sentences explaining the story. This thing is weird, gory and made in 1981.
The last extra is a Gallery of Horror Drive-In Exploitation Art with Horrorama Radio-Spot Rarities.Read more ›
The Curse Of The Headless Horseman is just plain awful. Mark Callahan inherits is dead uncle's Wild West tourist attraction. Though he and his hippy friends have been warned. They ingore the "curse" only to meet with the sharp end of the famous and ghostly marauder's knife! Cameo appearance by Andy Warhol's 5 seconds of fame person, Ultra-Violet who carries around a Superman lunchbox!!!
Some of the best things about the whole "Something Weird" DVDs are the extras like: movie shorts, TV spots, Shockorama horror trailers for lots of their weird movies, galleries of exploitation art and even Horrorama RADIO SPOT ADS!
These DVD's are fun and interesting if you are into this kind of genre...
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Crazy man, a true example of 70s era drive-in theater at its best...Or worst. All the same, these are crappy flicks, but oddly funny at the same time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Greg Jenkins
I give it 5 just and only because I am the star of Hands of Justice. The short at the end. We were just 16! FYI shot in Levittown, long Island, NYPublished on April 17, 2014 by Timothy Lane
Carnival of Blood isn't a terrible movie. It is low budget and at times, hilariously inept. There are alot of night shots of Coney Island and much of it looks like it was shot with... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by M. Salmestrelli
Here's a list of the radio spots on this DVD: The Crypt Of Dark Secrets, The Man And Monster/The Bloody Vampire, The Brainiac/The Curse Of The Crying Women, The Horror Chamber Of... Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by RumpleForeSkin
not entertaining @ all; 'lil or no action. both are badly boring, stupid movies with bad video quality in "horseman". im getting rid of it; only good thing is i can say i saw ea. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by John Lemoine
I thought this would be okay. This is soooooooooooooo stupid!! Burt Young is in this, I must say he made a better Uncle Paulie in ROCKY than a carnival freak!! Read morePublished on March 16, 2010 by Heather E. Mcglothlin
Classic. Any fan of traditional horror movies will loves these. Can watch them over and over with out them ever loosing there effect.Published on September 7, 2005 by Anna M. Simpson