Monday, 12 January 2015

DVD Review - At Death's Door: 13 Fright-Filled Films

At Death's Door: 13 Fright-Filled Films
Starring: Vincent Price, John Carradine, Barbara Steele, Jack Nicholson
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Retail: $9.98
Running Time: 18 hours 8 minutes
Rating: Not Rated / R
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on a 3-disc DVD set tomorrow from Mill Creek Entertainment is At Death's Door: 13 Fright-Filled Films starring Leslie Den Doven, Alan Scarfe, Kay Hawtrey, Christine Moore, Rosie Holotik, Barbara Steele, John Caradine, Evelyn Stewart, Richard Carlson, John Hudson, Vincent Price, Jack Nicholson and Walter Brandi.

Yes, this type of horror collection will find it's way into the $5 bin at Walmart and if you already own a few of them, then you've probably have seen most of the films in this set. Most of these movies are in the public domain, except for a few that are from Crown International Pictures, Inc., so the picture quality of the films aren't exactly the best.

A major highlight in this set is the underrated 1980 horror flick Funeral Home (93 mins; Rated R) about a young woman spending the summer at her grandmother's to help turn the farmhouse into a bed & breakfast, but then a few of the guests turn up dead. The young woman starts to investigate the strange sounds coming from the basement and discovers a family secret. Despite an R rating, the film's violence isn't very bloody compared to other horror movies from that era.

The weird Luckers (1988; 94 mins; Rated R) is about a woman who has been tormented ever since her mother killed her father when she was a just a young girl. She starts having strange dreams and starts to believe that something from the supernatural world is coming to get her. This has some of the worst acting I have ever seen and despite the slow pacing, I actually liked it.

One of my favorite low-rated horror films is on this set - Don't Look In The Basement (1973; 90 mins; Rated R). The film centers on a nurse arriving at a mental hospital in the middle of nowhere just as the patients start dying off! It is a crazy film!

There are two classic films on the set: House On Haunted Hill (1959; 75 mins; NR) and The Terror (1963; 80 mins; NR), as well as Carnage (1983; 92 mins; Rated R), Cathy's Curse (1977; 82 mins; Rated R); The Ghost (1963; 96 mins; NR); Legacy Of Blood (1971; 83 minutes; Rated R); The Murder Mansion (1972; 84 minutes; NR); Tormented (1960; 75 minutes; NR); The Screaming Skull (1958; 68 minutes; Not Rated); and Terror Creature From The Grave (1965; 82 mins; NR).

Like I already said, some of the films don't have the best picture quality as Mill Creek Entertainment used whatever copies that were given to them. I know that some horror fans will be upset over this, but it doesn't bother me at all. The retail for the DVD set is under 10 dollars, so you shouldn't complain too much, as you are getting 13 movies for a cheap price. Overall, I have enjoyed watching a handful of these old horror films on the At Death's Door: 13 Fright-Filled Films DVD set!

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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