The Ghastly Ones / Seeds of Sin (Special Edition)
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Milligan made 29 movies between 1965 and 1968, consisting mainly of gory horror films dressed up as period pieces, such as "Bloodthirsty Butchers" and "The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!", and sex melodramas with rampant nudity, including "Gutter Trash" and "Fleshpot on 42nd Street" as part of NYC's "grindhouse" cinema (most of the theaters were on 42nd Street). Milligan shot most of his films with a hand held 16mm movie camera on extremely cheap budgets. What usually happened then was the films were blown up to 35mm size and shown in and around New York "art" theaters. Today there are only three of Milligan's films available on DVD and here are two of them (the third is "The Body Beneath"). Something Weird has apparently included every trailer they could find for a Milligan opus (even if they do not have sound).
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I read the cover for this double feature at the store, laughed aloud and then decidied to buy it.
Two feature length films here, one in color the other in B+W.
This was my introduction to Andy Milligan and what we get is low, low budget, bad acting, screechy self centered charachters and an over abundance of poorly-lit, implied sex.
In truth these both have weak, bare-boned story lines almost as a support to the gratuitous sex scenes which by the way take up[ as much as 40 to 50% of each films running time! And it's cheap poorly lit implied sex, not actualy sexy or pasionate by any stretch.
Watching these scenes I felt like a peeping Tom in a trailer park, that's about as glamorous as it gets. Less sex and more loony drama/storyline would've been my choice.
Both films have plenty of disturbing/laughably bad violence and gore.
I do look forward to watching the Ghastly Ones with the commentary track, that should be good for a whole other laugh.
Trailers include one for Guru, The Mad Monk. That looks like a winner, hilarious, similar film to Ghastly Ones I suspect.
The movies here are low-budget gems (despite the excessive nudity) and the extras are very good. Hence I'll give this package the full five stars.
But buyer beware what you're in for, buyer beware!
The murders are all executed in a fashion that Herschell Gordon Lewis would've been proud of and you can't help but smile at the whole glorious ineptitude of it all.
The transfer is sharp but there's quite a lot of print damage.
You get 2 films here. The Ghastly Ones is a solid period piece horror film where 3 siblings and their spouses have to live in a house in "sexual harmony" to get their inheritance. It can only lead to murder. It does. It's humorous. It's genuinely creepy and has some unnerving sexual politics. It's a film where male homosexuals are being preyed on by dominant scheming women. It's undercover save for a few lines but it's the subtext.
Seeds of Sin is sad once you know about Milligan's life. It's Milligan working out years of sexual and familial frustration in a film about a bunch of incestuous, murderous lunatics. It's also the more graphic of the films starting out on a surprisingly graphic orgy that would feel at home on Game of Thrones in terms of content and gay to straight variety. It's also punished wildly as if Milligan can't stop his own self loathing for a second.
It's a cheap DVD filled with great extras and a clean transfer. Worth the pennies.
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Decent (and cheap) edition of classic sexploitation horror flicks.Published 4 months ago by J. Current
This film has sub-par acting, poor production quality, and unsettling violence. Combined together they create a dark and eerie cinematic experience that is thoroughly enjoyable to... Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by Parousia
The Ghastly ones is an extremely dark claustrophobic close up shakey cam amateurish movie, the dialog and acting are drivel, but the basic story line is ok, this film is extremely... Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Cass G
This is a double-feature DVD containing the films The Ghastly Ones and Seeds of Sin. The Ghastly Ones takes place in a rotting old mansion. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by Bigstory
terrible, but, hal borske was my neighbor in taos, nm and i told him i would buy the movie.....tcPublished on November 18, 2008 by James A. Cable
Most people talk about the great ANDY MILLIGAN as if he was just a funny hack and that pisses me off. The man was a true genius, period.
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These films are appauling. I can't understand why Andy Milligan has such a cult following, he is a total and utter hack. Read morePublished on May 5, 2006 by Andrew
You'll either love or hate these no-budget movies, in fact you should already know if it's something you like or not. Read morePublished on April 7, 2005 by B-Movie Nightmares