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Enter the mausoleum and find out why Fangoria called this the year's biggest genre event!" A jam-packed, 14-disc set including all 13 films from Season 1 plus bonus features including deleted scenes, interviews and more. 13 episodes on 14 DVDs. 2005-06/color/12 hrs., 34 min/NR/fullscreen.
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D: Don Coscarelli
Highly atmospheric and a narrative that is more interesting than your typical slasher fare. However, everything else is quite average.
Dance of the Dead
D: Tobe Hooper
A bleak and ambitious post-apocalyptic setting with a poor central plot. The film decides to play it safe and never lives up to its title but still worth watching for Robert Englund’s show stealing performance and a certain memorable dumpster sequence.
Pick me up
D: Larry Cohen
A fantastic premise and two excellent characters. Avoid reading any plot information about this and just watch it.
...(cig burns, DWH) good.
...(DofD) watchable, thanks to Robert England.
...(Chocolate) fail/no go. movie bout sum bs. guy telepathically gets sodomized and realized he likes it.
...(jenifer) good. Based off true story about online dating.
...(SickGirl, Deergirl) good. Monster movie. Deergirl is horror with comedy elements.
...(homecoming) fail/no go. Too political. sleeper. Talking zombies. Dumb. Skip.
...(Imprint) good. trippy!
...(CBC, PMU) no go. Story all over place.
Good value over all but sum trash here. Look out for season 2 it's hard to find and seen price up in number
I'd rank them up as follows:
1. Cigarette Burns. The best episode of the entire first season. John Carpenter is in full horror mode, working with an excellent script and putting his inimitable stamp on it. The gore flows here and packs a punch and the story is creepy all the way. This film in particular could have easily been stretched to feature length.
2. Haeckel's Tale. Surprisingly good period piece concerning a medical student and his interest in reviving the dead. Owes more than a bit to Michele Soavi's Dellamorte Dellamore but overall this episode is fairly atmospheric and suspenseful.
3. Incident on and off a Mountain Road. Nasty villain, cool gore scenes and a tight story with a satisfying conclusion. Fails to hit the bull's eye yet very entertaining for the most part.
4. Dreams in the Witch House. Stuart Gordon is back in H.P. Lovecraft territory. Atmospheric little flick with some nasty gore and some solid suspense, overall quite effective.
5. Chocolate. Not a bad idea but poorly executed. Henry Thomas does well in a very difficult role to pull off but in the end the material lets him down. It's not horror, not drama so you don't really know how to label it.
6. Dance of the Dead. While not a terrible idea the film doesn't work at all. Annoying fast cuts and intolerable music sink this flick and while the core idea is fairly shocking it's all for naught. Bad performances too apart from Englund who deserves better material.
The extras are extremely good with lengthy documentaries on each film, interviews, all the scripts and more. If you're interested this set is well worth buying.
The casting was perfect, location was perfect, the actors did a superb horrific job.
This show is a horror show but not only exhibits the atrocities of a serial killer but also just how terrifying a bad marriage can be.
I really enjoyed the commentary that was included on the DVD between Don Coscarelli and Joe Lansdale, too. This was a great collaboration all round.
The overall rating is good, minus one star.