Wednesday, September 1, 2010
DVD Boxset Review: Cult Terror Cinema 12 Movie Collection
CULT TERROR CINEMA - 12 MOVIE COLLECTION (3 DVD SET) (2010)
Mill Creek Entertainment http://www.millcreekent.com/
I do enjoy a Mill Creek Entertainment budget collection, I must say. They're a company known for bringing cult, horror and public domain schlock to the dirty, unwashed masses, and this set here is probably one their top five collections in my humble estimation. Do yourself a favor and also check out the following collections: CHILLING CLASSICS 50pk, PURE EVIL 50pk and the GOREHOUSE GREATS 12pk. American International Pictures (AIP), a company primarily known for low budget grindhouse cinema, biker, exploitation, and b-movie drive-in fare has recently been acquired by the fine folks at Mill Creek and the CULT TERROR CINEMA set is comprised of 12 AIP titles, a few of which are DVD debuts; while several others are out of print. So, lets dig in...
THE FILMS: THE BABYSITTER (1969), BLOODLUST! (1959), CARNIVAL OF CRIME (1962),THE CRATER LAKE MONSTER (1977), THE CREEPING TERROR (1964), ESCAPE FROM HELL ISLAND (1963), FLESHBURN (1984), THE HEARSE (1980), HORROR HIGH (1974), LAND OF THE MINOTAIR (1976), LURKERS (1988), THE TEACHER (1974)
THE BABYSITTER(1969) "She came to sit the baby... and ended up with Daddy!" Directed by Don Henderson/Starring Patricia Wymer, George E. Carey, Ann Bellamy/B&W/R. Deputy District Attorney, George Maxwell (George E. Carey) is in the middle of a case involving the prosecution of a murderous motorcycle gang member but has a hard time juggling the case with his complicated family life when he begins a tryst with the much younger girl, the titular babysitter, Candy (the super gorgeous Patricia Wymer). The girlfriend of the biker discovers the affair and blackmails George. What a bizarre film, a male fantasy mingled with a biker thriller of sorts, a lot of fun.
RATING *** (3 out of 5 stars)
CARNIVAL OF CRIME (1962) "At the height of wild, frenzied, sensual pleasures... a murderer strikes and terror grips the city!" Directed by George Cahan/Starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Alix Talton, Tonia Carrero/B&W/Unrated. A architect is attempting to complete his new building project at the expense of his relationship with his wife. After his unfaithful wife mysteriously turns up missing, the police suspect he is responsible for her disappearance. The architect must discover what happened to his wife to clear his name. RATING ** (2 out of 5 stars)
LURKERS (1988) "Cathy's not scared. She should be... she's one of them!" Directed by Roberta Findlay/Starring Christine Moore, Gary Warner, Marina Taylor/Color/R. Cathy is a young woman whom endured a truly nightmarish childhood and is haunted by visions of the dead, including her murderous mother. She sees "lurkers", damned souls warning her of danger, telling her not to go back to her childhood home. The film has a bit of a low-rent THE BEYOND or THE SENTINEL feel to it, but it's a bit too meandering and overly long to keep my attention. Director Roberta Findlay, and husband Michael Findlay were pretty famous for a series of grindhouse-style sexploitation films, after her husbands death in ’77 she went on to direct hardcore pornos and again returned to the horror genre in the mid-80’s. Interestingly, Michael Findlay was killed in a helicopter accident on the roof of the Pan Am Building in NYC, slashed to death by the helicopters spinning rotor-blades during a botched landing. RATING **1/2 (2.5 out of 5 stars)