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on October 24, 2016
The quality of the movies is good, and it's nice to get so many classics in one set. My one complaint is that they are horribly organized. The set is a 12-disc set, with between 4 and 5 movies on each disc (combined on A and B sides), but they aren't grouped in any perceivable order, and there is no index or table of contents or anything. My recommendation is that when you get the set, go through and pull out each disc, read the titles (which are at least printed in teeny tiny letters on the inner circle of the discs), and write up an index for yourself, so you don't go crazy every time you want to watch a movie, and take longer to find the movie than to watch it.
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on February 20, 2015
You can't go wrong with any of the 50 packs! You may get a couple of duds, but who cares! Show me a better deal! Some reviews mentioned picture or sound quality being an issue. Hey! This is before they had dolby, hi-fi and all that! I assume most of the negative reviews come from younger folks who were raised on HD TV! I haven't had any problem listening or watching any of these movies! Sure there are a few places where there might have been a film splice, or the sound may be less than 2015 standards, but it's nothing that's really going to bother anyone except for the spoiled younger generation! I own close to 20 of these 50 packs and I'm glad I bought every single one of them!
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on December 8, 2016
truly great set with many films from my childhood love this set and the price is unbeatable...

films included are :

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore - Blue Beard starring John Carradine - The Corpse Vanishes starring Bela Lugosi - Night of the Living Dead starring Judith O'Dea - Doomed to Die starring Boris Karloff - The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney, Sr. - The Indestructible Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr. - The Hunchback of Notre Dame Lon Chaney, Sr. - Nosferatu starring Max Schreck - Swamp Women starring Mike Connors - World Gone Mad starring Pat O'Brien - Little Shop of Horrors starring Jack Nicholson - Tormented starring Richard Carlson - The Monster Walks starring Rex Lease

Monster from a Prehistoric Planet starring Tamio Kawaji - The Gorilla starring The Ritz Brothers - A Shriek in the Night starring Ginger Rogers - Bloodlust starring Robert Reed - The Amazing Mr. X starring Turhan Bay - Last Woman on Earth starring Robert Towne - The Bat starring Vincent Price - House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price - Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price - Dementia 13 starring William Campbell - Phantom from 10,000 Leagues starring Kent Taylor - Carnival of Souls starring Candace Hilligoss - Atom Age Vampire starring Alberto Lupo -Creature from the Haunted Sea starring Robert Towne

Nightmare Castle starring Barbara Steele - Black Dragons starring Bela Lugosi - Invisible Ghost starring Bela Lugosi - One Body Too Many starring Bela Lugosi White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi - Attack of the Giant Leeches starring Ken Clark - The Screaming Skull starring John Hudson -Beast of Yucca Flats starring Tor Johnson - The Terror starring Boris Karloff - Revolt of the Zombies starring Dean Jagger - The Giant Gilla Monster starring Don Sullivan - The Fatal Hour starring Boris Karloff - Dead Men Walk starring George Zucco - The Mad Monster starring George Zucco - Maniac starring Bill Woods - Metropolis starring Gustav Frolich - The Vampi
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on September 26, 2017
This is a nice old movie collection. For the price, these aren’t remastered prints, so if your tolerance for old-school sometimes scratchy film is low, you may not be happy. There are a few classics and many B-movies of course. Only taking off a star because the case arrived badly broken into shards in the cellophane, though the discs were all intact.
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on January 26, 2018
I bought this a long time ago. I love some of these movies that can be found no where else. Then there are real stinkers. Over all it is very entertaining and it is easy to mark the ones you like and just watch those.
I originally bought it for a family gathering around Halloween. the power went out that night and we wound up playing Yahtzee by candle light. So I got to watch many of these at times when I was home sick or otherwise had time to just enjoy them. I often critque them out loud like Science fiction theater 2000.
In our family we are fans of B movies and some of these might even make the "Z" list . LOL

Bottom line is it is worth the money and 50 movies give you hours of viewing. Might be great for grandparents to have on hand for the young ones. Watch first to be sure they are appropriate because some are a little risqué.
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on October 21, 2011
I've watched several of these 50 movie collections from Millcreek and so far this one has been the most enjoyable. Now before I go on, I want to give a little warning to the uninitiated..These are VERY old movies and the picture quality is NOT very good. These types of movies are usually enjoyed by a small niche crowd. With that being said, if you do enjoy some of the better known movies in this collection(such as the silent classic Metropolis), there might be several cleaned up DVD(or even Blu-ray) releases with special features.

Many of the movies in this 12-disc collection(dual-sided DVD's) are not strictly 'Horror'. Some could be categorized as 'crime-drama' or 'suspense' or even 'sci-fi'. Needless to say, this collection contains some of the better well-known cult classics such as 'Night of the Living Dead', 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'Nosferatu', and 'Dr Jehkyll & Mr Hyde'. As I mentioned before, the visual quality of these copies are not very good, but still watchable(in my opinion).

Other movies in this collection I really enjoyed include: 'The Brain that Wouldn't Die', 'Bloodlust'(with Brady dad Robert Reed), 'The Terror'(with a young Jack Nicholson), and 'The Corpse Vanishes'. Also be on the lookout for Little Rascal's 'Darla Hood' all grown up in 'The Bat' featuring Vincent Price. Most of these movies are from the 20's-40's(in B&W) and a few are silent movies. Only 'The Terror'(1963) and 'Monster from a Pre-Historic Planet'(1967) are in color.
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The true "classics" in the HORROR CLASSICS 50 MOVIE PACK were all made prior to the sound era. Each and every one of these half-dozen silents are among the most famous films of all time. They feature such luminaries as the immortal Max Schreck, John Barrymore (before the "Great Profile" got eroded by alcohol) and "The Man Of 1,000 Faces," Lon Chaney (the father).

As for what's left-- it's a mixed bag. Many of Lugosi's lesser efforts, a couple by Karloff, Price and Chaney Jr. can be found. The type of low-budget bombs lampooned by John Goodman's MATINEE are present, as well. HORROR CLASSICS is a delighfully diverse collection of some of the weirdest, the best AND the worst fright flicks ever made.

The 1 to 10 average for this box set was calculated from polling data maintained by a film resource website. The current rating for HORROR CLASSICS is: 4.7.

The alphabetized program list that follows includes individual poll scores, years of release and prominent performers for each title.

(6.8) The Amazing Mr. X (1948) - Turhan Bey/Lynn Bari/Richard Carlson
(4.1) The Ape (1940) - Boris Karloff/Maris Wrixson/Gene O'Donnell
(3.2) Atom Age Vampire (Italy-1960) - Alberto Lupo
(2.8) Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959) - Ken Clark/Yvette Vickers
(6.6) The Bat (silent-1926) - Jack Pickford/Louise Fazenda
(2.5) The Beast Of Yucca Flats (1961) - Douglas Mellor/Barbara Francis
(4.2) Black Dragons (1942) - Bela Lugosi/Joan Barclay/Clayton Moore
(2.2) Bloodlust! (1961) - Wilton Graff/Robert Reed/June Kenney
(6.2) Bluebeard (1944) - John Carradine/Jean Parker
(3.2) The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - Jason Evers/Virginia Leith
(7.1) Carnival Of Souls (1961) - Candace Hilligoss/Frances Feist
(3.4) The Corpse Vanishes (1942) - Bela Lugosi/Luana Walters
(2.5) Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961) - Antony Carbone/Betsy Jones-Moreland
(4.6) Dead Men Walk (1943) - George Zucco/Mary Carlisle
(5.6) Dementia 13 (1963) - William Campbell/Luana Anders/Patrick Magee (in support)
(5.4) Doomed To Die (1940) - Boris Karloff/Marjorie Reynolds
(7.0) Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (silent-1920) - John Barrymore/Charles Lane
(5.1) The Fatal Hour (1940) - Boris Karloff/Marjorie Reynolds/Jason Robards Sr. (minor role)
(2.8) The Giant Gila Monster (1959) - Don Sullivan/Fred Graham
(4.9) The Gorilla (1939) - Jimmy, Harry & Al Ritz/Anita Louise/Patsy Kelly/Bela Lugosi (in support)
(6.7) The House On Haunted Hill (1959) - Vincent Price/Carolyn Craig/Richard Long
(7.4) The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (silent-1923) - Lon Chaney/Patsy Ruth Miller
(2.8) Indestructible Man (1956) - Lon Chaney Jr./Max Showalter
(4.7) Invisible Ghost (1941) - Bela Lugosi/Polly Ann Young
(2.8) The Killer Shrews (1959) - James Best/Ingrid Goude
(4.7) King Of The Zombies (1941) - Dick Purcell/Joan Woodbury/Mantan Moreland
(6.9) The Last Man On Earth (USA/Italy-1960) - Vincent Price/Christi Courtland (in support)
(4.6) Last Woman On Earth (1960) - Betsy Jones-Moreland/Antony Carbone
(6.2) The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960) - Jonathan Haze/Jackie Joseph/Jack Nicolson (bit part)
(2.8) The Mad Monster (1942) - Johnny Downs/George Zucco/Anne Nagel/Glenn Strange
(2.4) Maniac (1934) - William Woods/Horace B. Carpenter
(8.4) Metropolis (silent-German-1927) - Alfred Abel/Gustav Fröhlich
(2.5) Monster From A Prehistoric Planet (USA/Japan-1967)
(4.9) The Monster Maker (1944) - J. Carroll Naish/Ralph Morgan
(4.1) The Monster Walks (1932) - Rex Lease/Vera Reynolds/Mischa Auer
(7.9) Night Of the Living Dead (1968) - Duane Jones/Judith O'Dea
(5.3) Nightmare Castle (Italy-1965) - Barbara Steele/Laurence Clift (in support)
(8.1) Nosferatu (silent-Germany-1922) - Max Schreck/Greta Schröder
(5.3) One Body Too Many (1944) - Jack Haley/Jean Parker/Bela Lugosi/Lyle Talbot
(2.4) The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955) - Kent Taylor/Cathy Downs
(7.7) The Phantom Of The Opera (silent-1925) - Lon Chaney/Mary Philbin
(2.6) Revolt Of The Zombies (1936) - Dorothy Stone/Dean Jagger/Bela Lugosi ("The Eyes" - archive footage)
(2.9) The Screaming Skull (1958) - John Hudson/Peggy Webber
(5.9) A Shriek In The Night (1933) - Ginger Rogers/Lyle Talbot
(2.2) Swamp Women (1955) - Beverly Garland/Mike Connors/Ed Nelson (in support)
(4.8) The Terror (1963) - Boris Karloff/Jack Nicholson/Jonathan Haze (in support)
(2.6) Tormented (1960) - Richard Carlson/Susan Gordon
(5.4) The Vampire Bat (1933) - Lionel Atwill/Fay Wray/Melvyn Douglas
(6.5) White Zombie (1932) - Bela Lugosi/Madge Bellamy
(5.2) The World Gone Mad (1933) (Pat O'Brien/Neil Hamilton/J Carroll Naish
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on July 28, 2009
If you're at all familiar with Treeline Studios' "50 movies" anthology collections, then you've probably come to associate them with cheap cardboard boxes filled with B movies for a reasonable price. The Horror Classics movie pack seems to be cut from a very different mold, though.

For starters, the clam-shell case that it comes in is very attractive. This may seem like a silly thing to care about, but it actually looks nice on my movie shelf, whereas my cardboard SciFi Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection looks cheap and annoys me every time I see it. The discs contained within still come in those cheap cardboard sleeves, but they are at least locked securely into a plastic compartment within the clam-shell. They're also nicer looking than the old generic red envelopes. Please note that older versions of this set still come in a cardboard box, so be careful when buying from third party vendors. You want the new edition with the Phantom of the Opera on the cover.

More important than appearance, though, is the content in this collection. Whereas most or all of these collections are filled to the brim with cheap B movies that you'd never consider buying on their own, this anthology contains many of the greatest classic horror films ever made (Phantom of the Opera, Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde, White Zombie, Carnival of Souls, Nosferatu, Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc), as well as a number of other entertaining and well-respected horror films, many of which star legends such as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price. Of course, there are a few of the better B horror films as well, including my personal favorite, Maniac. Most of these films aren't scary by modern standards, but they still manage to set a tone of suspense and excitement, all richly encapsulated in a sense of the grotesque. There's something in these films that you can't find in modern day horror; call it style, artistic merit, pacing, restraint, or anything else that suits you. Whatever that missing ingredient is, it's here.

Regarding quality, you obviously can't expect anything worthy of an HD TV for this price. Most of these films are adequate captures from the same public domain footage that you might see put out by Alpha Video or shown by a local television network after midnight. Fair quality, for the most part. There seems to be more blurriness on the later films (Night of the Living Dead, Little Shop of Horrors, etc), while the older silent films contain cropped aspect ratios (you can still read most title cards) and bad scores (turn off your volume!).

However, there is at least one film in this collection where the quality is inexcusably bad. Metropolis, as an extreme example, looks like someone held a camcorder to a television screen, resulting in a crooked picture, terrible cropping (you can't read anything) and blurriness so bad that you'll swear you're losing consciousness. This is inexcusable considering how many excellent public domain copies there are of this film. And seriously, what is Metropolis doing in a horror anthology anyway?

Honestly, I haven't seen any other movie in this collection that I would consider unwatchable (though I've only seen about a third of them), but quality does waver.

Here's the full list of what I have watched so far and how the quality fared:

*Atom Age Vampire (****): Very watchable, with only the faintest contrast and sound quality problems.

*Black Dragons (****): Aside from some minor graininess, the picture is crisp and the sound is clear.

*Carnival of Souls (****): Looks great. Sound is a little muffled. Nearly as good as a pricier copy.

*Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde (***): Slightly blurry at times. The score is terrible. Pretty watchable with the volume turned off.

*House on Haunted Hill (*****): First rate. Best quality movie in this collection.

*Hunchback of Notre Dame (****): Lots of scratches and film damage, but overall good looking for an old silent film. Bad score. Keep the volume off.

*Invisible Ghost (****): Overall excellent with a slight compromise in sound quality.

*Last Man on Earth (**): Very grainy picture. Inexcusable when much better copies are available in public domain.

*Little Shop of Horrors (***): Blurry. Sound is a bit muffled. Not bad, but it could be a lot better.

*Maniac (****): Mostly excellent. A few scratches/artifacts here and there.

*Metropolis (0 stars): See my comments above.

*Night of the Living Dead (**): A little too blurry and muffled. Honestly, it's not terrible, but there are MUCH better copies available in public domain.

*Nosferatu (***): The cropping/wrong aspect ratio seems to hurt this film more than most, but the quality is decent, and the score is the least terrible of all the silent films in this collection. Very watchable.

*Phantom of the Opera (****): A few too many scratches/artifacts, and there's some blurriness here and there, but it looks pretty good overall. Awful score. Turn the volume off.

*Revolt of the Zombies (***): Very watchable. The sound quality is poor to begin with on this film, so turn up your speakers. A few minor transfer errors towards the start (the worst one causes the contrast to go crazy for about a second), but solid otherwise.

*The Terror (***): I've only watched the beginning so far, but it looks solid. There is a thin white line running down the right edge of the screen at times, but the colors and sound seem to be fine otherwise.

*White Zombie (****): Considering how much I had to pay to get a reasonable quality copy of this (my favorite horror film), I'm surprised how good this one is. The contrast is too bright and there are small jumps in the film from time to time, but the sound was so bad on this film to begin with that it's difficult to find a copy where you can make out all of the dialogue. I can make out all of the dialogue on this one.

All in all, if you're looking to obtain the best of the best classic horror films at an affordable price and are willing to sacrifice some quality, you can't go wrong with this collection. If nothing more, it would serve as an excellent introduction to the genre, containing virtually every great classic horror film ever made (with the exception of the Universal monster films which are still under copyright).
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on September 1, 2010
Wow, what a bargain, especially I paid $12.49, but I guarantee this is worth $30 full price, unlike some of the other mill creek collections, and of note are some of the cult classics like Nosferatu, Dimentia 13, Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few. I am almost considering make a second order of one or two for presents to folks I know, there may never be another set put out like this. Oh, the movies aren't "restored", but who cares, there are "restored" versions of many of these movies out there for large coin, its just some of these I had never seen but always heard of.
The movies I've seen so far, oh for instance, Nosferatu, a silent film from 1922, seems okay to me, there may have been the vampires head cut off when he raises from the coffin aboard ship, and maybe there is a restored version out there, so now that I've seen it here on this set, I will investigate a restored version now that I have seen it for the first time, that is what is awesome on this set.
As an update to my earlier review, I have enjoyed alot of these movies, to include the spectacular 119 min version of metropolis, the silent film that is being released in a very complete version since lost footage was discovered in Argentina. The material on this set seems pretty okay for unrestored, well worth watching for a first time if you have never seen it previously.
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on October 6, 2007
This is the best value for any serious movie collector! The reproductions are fairly good transfers. This is great watching, especially during October!

The collection includes the following:
Carnival of Souls, Atom Age Vampire, Creature from the Haunted Sea, Nightmare Castle, Black Dragons, Invisible Ghost, One Body Too Many, White Zombie, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Screaming Skull, Beast of Yucca Flats, The Terror, Revolt of the Zombies, The Giant Gila Monster, The Fatal Hour, Dead Men Walk, The Mad Monster, Maniac, Metropolis, The Vampire Bat, The Ape, The Monster Maker, The Killer Shrews, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, King of the Zombies, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Blue Beard, The Corpse Vanishes, Night of the Living Dead, Doomed to Die, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, Sr., The Indestructible Man, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Nosferatu starring Max Schreck, Swamp Women, The World Gone Mad, The Little Shop of Horrors, Tormented, The Monster Walks, Monster from a Prehistoric Planet, The Gorilla, A Shriek in the Night, Bloodlust, The Amazing Mr. X, Last Woman on Earth, The Bat, The House on Haunted Hill, The Last Man on Earth, Dementia 13 and Phantom From 10,000 Leagues.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Planet 9 From Outer Space are not included in this wonderful collection.

I repeat this is a MUST for any person that loves classic movies and horror! Don't miss this fantastic deal!
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