Monday, February 26, 2018

100 Years Of Horror DVD Review

Not Rated; 10 hours 55 minutes; $14.98

I think I might have mentioned a time or two on here about my love for old horror movies, especially the ones made by Hammer Films. Well, with that being said, you can probably guess why I was excited when I learned that Mill Creek Entertainment would be releasing the 26-part documentary series "100 Years Of Horror" hosted by the late, great horror-icon Christopher Lee.

Originally released back 1996, "100 Years Of Horror" chronicles the history of horror movies from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. I'm not for sure why it was called "100 Years" when the producers skipped over the the films from the 1980s. Most of the movie clips featured are from the classic Universal monster flicks, Hammer Films, and other low-budget creature films. It features interviews with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Claude Rains. Additionally, there are interviews with Bela Lugosi, Jr.; Boris Karloff's daughter, Sarah Karloff; and Claude Rains' daughter, Jessica Rains.

The series was produced, written and directed by Ted Newsom, who created BBC's Flesh And Blood-The Hammer Heritage Of Horror.

The episodes on the 3-disc set are:

Dracula And His Disciples
Blood-Drinking Beings
Frankenstein And Friends
Baron Frankenstein
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
Bela Lugosi
Boris Karloff
The Evil Unseeable
Scream Queens
Girl Ghouls
Gory Gimmicks
Mad Doctors
Man-Made Monsters

Final Thoughts

Has anyone every heard of this documentary series before? I'm well aware that there was a condensed 2-hour version released many years ago, but I was unaware of that there were actually 26 episodes (running about 25 minutes each). I wonder what channel did it air on, as there's plenty of blood and a little bit of nudity in the film clips used for the episodes.

Christopher Lee had one of those distinguished voices, so I easily see why he was hired as the narrator of the series. Plus, he appears in many of the Hammer Films that are featured throughout the series. Each episodes centers on a specific horror genre, such as witches, mummies, Dracula, etc., and horror icons Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi get their own separate episodes.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed watching "100 Years Of Horror." It's an interesting documentary series that will appeal to old school horror fans. 

*Note- I received a complimentary copy from Mill Creek Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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