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Fun for the memories, but if you didn't enjoy them as a kid, I wouldn't recommend them.
on September 13, 2016
These films took me back to my childhood, when we went to big spooky theatres to see these and maybe say them again on late-night TV. They are really fun, but viewed as an adult, it is clear that they range from pretty bad to reasonably good. There are some surprise appearances, such as young Jack Nicholson and Jane Asher, which are surprising and amusing.
Several seem to be roughly based on Tales of Poe, but they mix up the stories and present them with snippets of comedy that detract from the gothic atmosphere that makes Poe so memorable. Perhaps the best one is Pit and the Pendulum, which had many details I found quite chilling, such as the very last image. Then there is the mask of the Red Death and Madhouse, both of which evoke some atmosphere and mystery, but appear thrown together in a rather slapdash manner. The others are, well, just plain awful, with their dueling magicians and stories of the macabre.
Recommended tepidly for us aging boomer.