The Midnight Horror Collection: Bloody Slashers (Hoboken Hollow / Secrets of the Clown / Room 33 / Curtains)
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Kidnapping. Slavery. Torture. Murder…
For decades the Broderick family built their brutal dominion with the sweat and blood of their captives. Lured with promises of work and shelter, drifters, hobos and migrants found themselves captive at a modern-day slave ranch instead. Inspired by true, horrific crime stories from Texas and beyond, Hoboken Hollow spins a dark tale of violence, terror and slaughter on the farm.
SECRETS OF THE CLOWN
After the brutal murder of his best friend Jim, Bobbie is haunted by visions of his mutilated body, sinister clowns and graphic nightmares of a murder in progress. As Bobbie begins to question his own sanity and the strange clues behind his friend's death, he summons a psychic to contact Jim. And when secrets are revealed, Bobbie learns the hard way that some are never meant to be discovered…
Hidden in the woods is an abandoned institution where many suffered horrible deaths. It is also where a group of road trippers are forced to settle for the night, and where someone is waiting for them—Roxy, a deranged, abused girl with a deadly secret. As the institution takes on a life of its own and mutilated bodies are discovered, the group races to learn Roxy's story and uncover a savage killer in their midst.
The stage is finally set for ""Audra,"" Jonathan Stryker's latest movie, to begin filming. His lead actress, Samantha Sherwood, has been in a psych ward preparing for the prized role…a role that Stryker plans to give to someone else while she does research at the institution.
As six candidates arrive at Stryker's mansion to audition, a deranged murderer stalks to kill them, one by one. Just who is behind the mask, and just how far will they go to make sure the role is theirs?
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If you want to know why CURTAINS is so great, check out my extended review of Curtains's VHS edition.
But what of this DVD? Alas, as others have observed, it does not do CURTAINS justice. While the film is easily 5 stars, this version only deserves 3 stars. Major problems include ...
* Murky visuals. This DVD version is so dark, sometimes it's hard to discern any details in the nighttime scenes. My old Beta tape of this film is visually superior to this DVD version.
* Fullscreen -- or is it? Yes, it plays fullscreen, so that buyers have speculated that it was struck from an old VHS copy. But then I noticed that the faces appeared slightly squeezed. So I hit the "Widescreen" button on my TV, so that the film was stretched out -- and it looked fine! Or were the faces a wee bit too wide?
So I'm not sure if this "fullscreen" version is actually a squeezed widescreen that only needs to be stretched out. I THINK it looks a little better (more normal) in widescreen mode. So is it widescreen? I'm not sure, but it may be.
Even so, the visuals are very dark and murky, such that CURTAINS still cries for a digitally remastered, PROPER widescreen release. And interviews with the leading actors and directors (I understand the original director was replaced at one point).
As for the other films...
* Room 33 is a decent, albeit unoriginal, low-budget supernatural thriller. Some young people, stranded in an abandoned asylum, are picked off by an evil ghost. Professional acting and creepy atmosphere. Some of the ghost effects seem inspired by The Ring and The Grudge. Forgettable but entertaining. 3 stars.
* Secrets of the Clown is about witchcraft and an supernatural clown doll, plus a demon that looks like a clown. This is a more amateurish production than is ROOM 33. The acting is worse, yet I wasn't bothered by it. The dialog appears dubbed in, giving the film a cheap feeling. The makeup and special effects are pretty good. There are some decent shocks. I enjoyed this film, despite its rough "first-time filmmaker" production values. A generous 3 stars, because I wasn't bored.
* HOBOKEN HOLLOW is the weakest of the bunch. I couldn't sit through most of it. It seems to be about an evil farm family who kidnaps drifters, forcing them to work on their farm. Occasionally they torture and kill the drifters. A low-budget film; sordid, mean-spirited, and boring. 1 star.
Worth the money