Saturday, December 14, 2013

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS PT. 2: MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT MULTI-PACKS

While Mill Creek Entertainment may not be renowned for their gorgeous audio-visual presentations I think they make-up for in sheer volume and price-pint, you purchase any of their multi-packs and you pretty much have an instant cult-movie collection at a bargain price and they make great stocking stuffers! 

Up first is the GREATEST TERROR CLASSICS - 24 Disc Set which offers up a staggering 100 films classic, obscure and cult movies. This set is actually a repackaging of  the PURE TERROR  and the HORROR CLASSICS ANNIVERSARY EDITION 12-Disc sets at a discounted price - which is awesome. The Horror Classics focused on horror from the 1920's through the early 1960's featuring some choice cuts including Carnival of Souls (1962), Nightmare Castle (1965) with Barbara Steele, the Roger Corman productions of The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Terror (1963), and Dementia 13 (1963), William Castle's The House on haunted Hill (1958) with Vincent Price plus silet-era classics The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and Noseferatu (1922)  - it's a very well-rounded collection that also loaded with quite a few stinkers such as the horrendous atom age stinker The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) with wrestler Tor Johnson (Plan 9 from Outer Space) and The Ape (1940) with Bela Lugosi.


Of the two sets I'm more partial to the PURE TERROR 12-Disc Set which is loaded with tons of great b-move madness and cult cinema oddities including a trio of films from Spanish horror icon Paul Naschy, Lucio Fulci's The House by the Cemetery (1981), the insane Italian actioner Hands of Steel (1986) with John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street), the kiwi-terror Death Warmed Up (1984) and the underrated Euro-chiller The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her Grave (1971) - there's some great treasures on this set, we have plenty of schlock, cult-terror, slashers and drive-in chillers and quite a few groaners too, such as the super-corny My Mom's a Werewolf (1989), but even that  appealed to my love of bad cinema.  Many of these titles are available through other sources with more pristine transfers with supplemental materials but this set will not break your wallet and for what you might pay for three deluxe editions you're getting fifty and one weird adventure into the dusty vaults of obscure cinema.


100 GREATEST TERROR CLASSICS - 24 Disc Set 

Journey into the soul of spine-tingling terror!

For decades, horror films have frightened and delighted audiences by capturing their innermost fears and phobias and projecting them onto the silver screen. Honor your love of horror with this eerie array of cinematic scares, from the earliest silent films through the golden age of monster movies and beyond! Discover the darkest nights of fright and have a screaming good time with this collection of gruesome gold!

The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)
Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)
The Ape (1940)
Atom Age Vampire (1960)
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
The Bat (1959) B&W Vincent Price
The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)
The Black Dragons (1942)
Blood Sabbath (1972)
Bloodlust (1959)
Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)
Bluebeard (1944)
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
Crucible of Horror (1970)
Curse of Bigfoot (1978)
Dead Men Walk (1943)
Death in the Shadows (1985)
Death Warmed Up (1984)
Dementia 13 (1963)
The Devil's Nightmare (1971)
Devil's Possessed (1974)
Doctor Jekyll and the Werewolf (1972)
Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)
Doomed to Die (1940)
Double Exposure (1983)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Silent) (1920)
The Dungeon of Harrow (1962) y
The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (1974)
The Embalmer (1965)
Evil Brain from Outer Space (1956)
Fangs of the Living Dead (1969)
The Fatal Hour (1940)
Frankenstein 80 (1972)
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
The Gorilla (1939)
Grave of the Vampire (1972)
Green Eyes (1934)
Guru, the Mad Monk (1970)
Hands of Steel (1986)
Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
The House That Screamed (1969)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Silent) (1923)
The Indestructible Man (1956)
Invisible Ghost (1941)
It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973)
Keep My Grave Open (1976)
The Killer Shrews (1959)
King of the Zombies (1941)
The Last Man on Earth (1960)
Last Woman on Earth (1960)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
The Mad Monster (1942)
Maniac (1934)
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
The Manster (1962)
Metropolis (1927)
Monster (AKA Monstroid) (1979)
Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (1967)
The Monster Maker (1944)
The Monster Walks (1932)
Mutant (1984)
My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)
Night Fright (1968)
Night of Bloody Horror (1969)
Night of the Blood Beast (1958)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Nightmare Castle (1965)
Nosferatu (Silent) (1922)
One Body Too Many (1944)
Oval Portrait, The (1972)
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1956)
The Phantom of the Opera (Silent) (1925)
Point of Terror (1971) C
Revolt of the Zombies (1936) 

Satan's Slave (1976)
Scared to Death (1946)
The Screaming Skull (1958)
A Shriek in the Night (1933)
Swamp Women (1955)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1960)
The Terror (1963)
Terror Creatures from the Grave (1965)
Terror in the Jungle (1968)
They Saved Hitler's Brain (1963)
The Thirsty Dead (1974)
Tormented (1960)
The Undertaker and His Pals (1966)
The Vampire Bat (1933)
The Vampires' Night Orgy (1973)
The Werewolf of Washington (1973)
White Zombie (1932)
The World Gone Mad (1933) 


It's a fun set, if it came down to choosing one over the other I recommend the PURE TERROR  12-Disc set for it's variety and dearth of 70's and 80's drive-in titles. 


Mill Creek Entertainment usually stick with public domain and Crown International library titles with their budget collections but do occasionally license indie-horror titles such as with the BLOOD BATH 12 Movie Collection a few years back which introduced me to British screamer queen Fiona Horsey (Angst) and here we have a UK-centric collection of low-budget and not altogether inspiring horror movies from the past few years, without exception the quality of the productions and the performances are very poor. If you can pick it up for just a few bucks I'd gift this one to that pain in the ass nephew of yours who routinely snipes your ass on Call of Duty: Ghosts...


FREAK SHOW CINEMA – 12 Movie Set

Over 17 Hours of Freaks and Creeps!

Step right up and feast your eyes on 12 of the freakiest and creepiest midnight movies! Bound together for the first time, this 3 DVD set of cult movie madness is packed with hours of gore and giggles, enough to satisfy even the kookiest of cravings. From flesh-eating zombie armies to demon invasions, this horror collection is certain to keep you gasping, screaming and squirming with over 16 hours of sideshow scares!

Tales of the Dead: Grim Stories of Curses, Horror and Gore (2010)
Five friends gather on Halloween to continue their ritual of telling horror stories. Each one telling a more sinister tale than the next, unaware of the horror that awaits them on this All Hallow's Eve.

Zombie Genocide: Legion of the Damned (2012)
Chaos is rampant as a biochemical terrorist attack rages in several heavily-populated cities. The world will never be the same as the virus spreads across the continent turning thousands of people into a horrific flesh-eating army of the dead.

The Curse of Blanchard Hill (2006)
Victor McShane disappeared on Blanchard Hill in the spring of 1985. Twenty years later, a group of campers take a hike to Blanchard, unaware that a killer is on the loose, killing people without mercy.

Idol of Evil: Hell Is Forever (2009)
David Hilton is a mythological expert. When his friend and colleague, Dr. Kixley, is kidnapped by dangerous Satanists, David is called on by the Vatican to help save Dr. Kixley from an evil end.

Below Ground: Demon Holocaust (2012)
Dave Dommin documents a demon invasion in his hometown offering shelter to four people. Together they struggle to survive the demonic infestation, all the while fighting amongst themselves.

Order Of One: Kung Fu Killing Spree (2011) Sonny and his cohort Ross stand in the way of the city's crime lord, Mr. Park, and his desire to possess the spear that pierced the side of Jesus on the Cross. The spear gives unspeakable power to whoever touches it.

Cold Creepy Feeling: Paranormal Exorcism (2011)
A young couple, Lisa and Jared, escape the Los Angeles rat race for the quiet life in Joshua Tree, California but paranormal visions and voices quickly turn the house of their dreams into a house of nightmares.

Indemnity: Rage Of A Jealous Vampire (2011)
William’s ex-girlfriend Angela wants him dead and it seems she's more than capable of just that as she relentlessly pursues him on a terror trek across the U.S.

Glitter Goddess: Queen Of The Sunset Strip (1991)
Frustrated with her family life, Llana Lloyd rebels by worshipping Alice Cooper, becoming one of the most prolific rock and roll groupies of the 1970s.

Dark Measures: Gang Warfare (2012)
Molly's calm 9 to 5 life is turned upside down when the local gang brutally attacks her. She survives this horrific ordeal only to find the thugs want her dead and are determined to kill her. Molly's only hope is to stand her ground and fight.

By the Devils Hands: The 666 Killer (2011)
Twenty-five years ago, the mysterious 666 Killer left a trail of corpses. When the Killer's thirst for blood has been renewed, only the unsuspecting Jamie Anderson (Susana Gibb) stands in his way. "By the Devil's Hands" explores the dark troubled world of the infamous 666 Killer and the last hypnotic hours of his victims as he continues his campaign of carnage!

Tuck Bushman and the Legend of Piddledown Dale (2009)
Tuck Bushman is an out of luck and out of work TV presenter and creature hunter. When strange things start to happen in the remote Yorkshire village, the mayor Eli Nefarious, offers a reward to the person who can capture the culprit.


The TABOO TALES 12 Movie Collection is some serious fun if you love kitschy weirdness, this collection of cautionary propaganda films meant to scare the youth of America away from sex, drugs and ...artificial insemination!?! A definite novelty item stocking stuffer but if you know someone who adores camp, kitsch and unintentionally hilarious cult cinema this is a no-brainer...


TABOO TALES – 12 Movie Collection

Over 14 Hours of Doped-Up Drama!

Prepare to trip out with the most outlandish and unintentionally hilarious films from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. This three DVD collection of cautionary tales follows the downward spiral of America’s youth as they puff their way through wild parties, jazz music and all the threatening influences of the era! Discover the outrageous insanity lurking around every corner, in this collection of twelve camp classics from the golden age of sinister cinema!

Reefer Madness (1936)
This 1930's cult classic shows, in an unintentionally funny way, how marijuana is "Public Enemy #1". With just a little toke, average teenagers become addicts turning into psycho killers and brazen hussies.

Delinquent Daughters (1944)
Neglected teens, lacking any parental supervision or attention, fall in with a bad crowd and end up drinking, partying and even dabbling in petty crime.

The Cocaine Fiends (1936)
This film is about a small town girl and her brother who are lured to the big city by drug-running gangsters that turn them into cocaine addicts.

Chained for Life (1951)
Employable only as circus performers, Siamese twins Vivian and Dorothy Hamilton live and love in a world not made for them. One is a desperate romantic, the other a cold-blooded killer.

The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
The good townspeople of Tiny Town saddle up their Shetland ponies and take on the evil gunslinger who has been terrorizing them.

The Wild and Wicked (1956)
In this sordid tale, an innocent young girl comes to California to visit her sister and try her hand at stardom. But a burgeoning career as a model quickly turns into a compromising job working for a Hollywood prostitution racket.

Test Tube Babies (1948)
A happily married couple has been trying to have a baby with no luck. Discovering the husband is sterile, their family doctor suggests that they think about artificial insemination, which at the time was considered a scandalous choice.

Mad Youth (1940)
An indiscreet mother and her neglected daughter both live life on the wild side. When the daughter leaves home to stay with a recently-married friend, the two young girls become captives, forced into prostitution.

The Marijuana Menace (1937)
A group of high school students has taken up the bad habit of smoking marijuana, leading them down a path of hedonistic activities.

Sex Madness (1938)
A small-town beauty queen with hopes to make it in the big city faces a serious problem when she is diagnosed with a venereal disease.

Gambling with Souls (1936)
A young housewife longing for the finer things in life turns to frequenting shady bars and gambling. She is forced into prostitution to pay off her losses.

She Shoulda’ Said “No”! (1940)
A young chorus girl loses a lot in her life when she meets a drug pusher and starts selling marijuana to earn extra cash. After her arrest, a cop offers her a dangerous chance at redemption.


Up next is the mandatory zombie-film collection featuring most the of the usual suspects, George A. Romero's seminal Night of the Living Dead (1968), the voodoo zombie classic White Zombie (1932) with Bela Lugosi, the surreal chiller Carnival of Souls (1962) and Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth (1960) which is still the finest adaptation of the story to this day, fun stuff... and then there's everything else... like Jess Franco's completely awful OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES (1981). So, it's not all great and the good stuff here is included on many other collections  including the PURE TERROR 12-Disc Set, but it would make a fun stocking stuffer for a new horror fan such as a son or daughter who love THE WALKING DEAD.... but only if you get it for $5 or less. 

ZOMBIES UN-BRAINED – 12 Film Flesh Fest

Over 16 Hours of Blood, Sweat...AND BRAINS!

Prepare for 12 delicious servings of gut-wrenching gore with this collection of frightening Zombie Films! Loaded with spine-tingling terror and stomach-squirming screams, this 3 DVD set is gushing with gore and so much more. Featuring the masters of horror, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, this collection is sure to satisfy all your nightmare needs!
Starring: Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Mary Carlisle, Dwight Frye and many more.

Carnival of Souls (1962)
What is happening to Mary Henry? The answers reside in an old, deserted pavilion where an otherworldly carnival is taking place in her honor. It is here that Mary will learn what nightmare awaits within.

Dead Men Walk (1943)
Dr. Lloyd Clayton attends the funeral of his twin brother Elwyn, a diabolical sorcerer, after murdering him in a desperate act of self-defense. Yet Elwyn isn't ready for the hereafter and comes back to life as a twisted vampire.

Horror of the Zombies (1974)
A yachtsman and his group are searching for missing women when they come across a fog-enshrouded ship. Aboard the ship are the undead legions of the Knights Templar, who are cursed to roam the Earth to plague the living.

House of the Living Dead (1973)
On a South African plantation, a maniac is on the loose, first killing the estate's animals, then starting on the human members.

King of the Zombies (1941)
When an American admiral goes missing in the Caribbean, two special agents are dispatched to rescue him. But the two suddenly find themselves on an island surrounded by voodoo-practicing zombies.

The Last Man on Earth (1960)
Price plays the sole survivor of a lethal virus that transforms all other humans into vampire-like zombies. He fights them nightly, until, desperately lonely and at the end of his rope, he makes a startling discovery.

Mutant (1984)
A nearby chemical plant has been dumping toxic waste just outside of town, turning the townspeople into mutant zombies. Now, there's nowhere to run as the growing army of blood-thirsty ghouls take over the town.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Johnny and Barbara visit their father's grave in a small town in Pennsylvania, where a re-animated zombie kills Johnny. Barbara escapes to a remote farmhouse where a cross-section of the local citizenry is hiding out.

Oasis of the Zombies (1981)
During World War II, a platoon of German soldiers are attacked by Allied forces. Fifty years later, the son of the only surviving Allied attacker goes on a historic adventure only to discover horrifying Nazi zombies.

The Snake People (1968)
The inhabitants of a small, remote island have been practicing voodoo for years but life on the island is starting to change when blue-faced, snake-liked zombies are beginning to feast on the villagers.

Teenage Zombies (1959)
A group of teenagers becomes stranded upon an island, through the manipulations of a foreign scientist conducting experiments on the remote isle.

White Zombie (1932)
Harron and Madeline decide to get married at Charles' lush plantation. However, Charles becomes smitten with Madeline and enters into an unholy alliance with zombie master Legendre to win possession of her - alive or undead.


The title of this final multi-pack drew me right in - THE BEST OF THE WORST - and it has great eye catching artwork... so how are the films? Pretty terrible, there are exactly three movies here I absolutely love: the stupendously awful Manos: The Hands of Fate (1960), the Francis Ford Coppola shocker Dementia 13 (1963) and Gothic chiller The Terror (1963) starring Jack Nicholson (The Shining) and Boris Karloff (Black Sabbath) and directed by Coppola, Roger Corman, Jack Hill (Foxy Brown), Monte Hellman and even Nicholson - what a glorious mess! Everything else is the worst sort of atomic age sci-fi you've ever seen, it's truth in advertising. There's just no way I could sit down and sit through any of it but you now why I love these sorta of collections? They make fun background movies, play em during parties or when I'm doing chores around the house, you can walk in watch a few seconds and leave and not miss a things - they're just disposable and fun

THE BEST OF THE WORST 12 Horror Movie Collection

12 Movies So Bad, They're Good!

Unravel twelve of the most bizarre and eccentric works of horror in this affectionate and intoxicatingly fun tribute to some of the greatest bad movies ever made! This three DVD collection is a fascinating blend of curious film creations from the 1940s through the 1970s. From Ape Man to cavemen and every bloodthirsty mutant along the way, nothing can prepare you for this enjoyable journey through The Best of the Worst!

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
Everything that can go wrong does on a young couple's terrifying vacation, when they become lost and stop at the door of a mysterious house.

Track of the Moon Beast (1976)
When a young man is stuck with a meteorite fragment, it buries itself deep inside his skull causing him to mutate into a giant reptilian monster at night.

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)
Noted Russian nuclear scientist Joseph Javorsky survives an H-bomb detonation and is transformed into a crazed atomic-mutated beast on a bloodthirsty rampage.

Eegah (1962) 
Smitten with a beautiful teenage girl, Eegah, the last surviving stone age caveman, invades a rockin' pool party to steal her away from her guitar-playing boyfriend.

The Ape Man (1943)
While conducting a bizarre experiment, scientist Jonathan Brewster is transformed into a hideous ape creature. Desperate to reverse the process, Brewster sets out on a killing spree in efforts to find a cure.

The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)
A major holds a brilliant scientist hostage so that he can perfect a machine that will make men transparent. The demented major wants to create an army of invisible men to take over the Earth.

The Atomic Brain (1964)
In a dungeon laboratory inhabited by sub-humans and fresh corpses, a scientist conducts revolting experiments in an attempt to achieve immortality.

Dementia 13 (1963) 
Louise is faced with a dilemma since her husband John has died of a heart attack and she is not included in his mother's will. Traveling to his family's ancestral home in Ireland, Louise hopes to ingrain herself into the family.

Unknown World (1951)
Living under the threat of an atomic holocaust, a group of scientists build a vehicle capable of drilling to the center of the Earth. Traveling 1,500 miles below the planet’s surface, they find an underground cavern which contains an unexpected surprise.

The Terror (1963)
In an early career appearance, Jack Nicholson stars as Lieutenant Duvalier, a Nineteenth Century military officer whose dreams are haunted by a mysterious beauty.

Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
The infamous Dr. Arana is conducting bizarre experiments in the forbidden Mexican desert of Zarpa Mesa. It is rumored that he has created a race of rabid super-women by injecting them with spider venom.

The Incredible Petrified World (1957)
Trapped at the bottom of hostile waters, explorers discover their only chance for survival is a labyrinth of undersea caves. The caverns provide oxygen and shelter for the survivors, but lack an escape route to the surface.


There you have it, some budget-minded stocking stuffers for the horror-minded this year from Mill Creek Entertainment. They're certainly not all b-movie treasure but there's some fun to be had with each of these collections. I highly recommend the PURE TERROR 12-Disc Set (read full review HERE) and those 12-disc collections if you can snag 'em for $5 or less. Keep in mind that Mill Creek also offer a fun selection of Blu-ray double features and a staggering variety of nifty 12 film collections for cheap, too!

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