We usually reserve our gift guides for the Christmas shopping season but we have a couple of folks we want to bring to your attention during haunting season. The first of these is Mill Creek Entertainment. The folks over at Mill Creek Entertainment specialize in bringing classic television and films back to life for your home theatre. You’ll find plenty of classic films and shows on DVD and even Blu-ray. We’ll be talking about that closer to Christmas. They also have a few sweet horror titles for you to check out. This is not a paid advertisement.
Strait Jacket & Berserk Double Feature: (Blu-ray)
We’re giving a copy of this one away as part of 31 Nights Of Terror. It’s a double dose of Joan Crawford in a couple of twisted mother and daughter films. Strait-Jacket comes straight from William Castle and both films were inspired by Hitchcock’s famous Psycho. So if you want your Mommie Dearest with a side of chills this is the double feature for you.
Hammer Films Double Feature Never Take Candy From A Stranger & Scream Of Fear: (Blu-ray)
The House Of Hammer was the direct heir to the Universal horror films of the 30’s and 40’s. The 60’s and 70’s belonged to Hammer. This double feature brings you two more obscure titles from the British studio. Never Take Candy From A Stranger is also known as Never Take Sweets From A Stranger. This is as chilling as anything Hammer has done in its monster or horror days. The film is quite realistic in its setting and portrayals. Felix Alymer is absolutely creepy as the town pedophile. There is a scene where he is following two girls in the woods, and his expression will tear right through your spine. It’s a brutally spot-on portrayal. Janina Faye is also quite good as the young girl subjected to the slimy criminal. Her range of emotions is so realistic that the film is almost too effective. It’s more than fair warning to persuade anyone who is sensitive to these kinds of images should really skip this film, in spite of just how good it really is.
Scream Of Fear was originally called A Taste Of Fear and was the first of many Hammer attempts to cash in on Hitchcock’s Psycho. It became almost a sub-genre over at Hammer with such films as Maniac, Hysteria, and Nightmare. It was the first film at Hammer to be produced by the legendary Jimmy Sangster, who also wrote the script. It also featured Susan Strasburg in the starring role. She was, of course, daughter to the famous Lee Strasburg.
Chillers The Complete 12-Part Anthology Series:
In the tradition of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone this 1990’s show was hosted by the original Psycho himself Anthony Perkins. It’s a collection of horror stories based on the works of Patricia Highsmith who also has a Hitchcock connection. She wrote the story that Strangers On A Train was based upon. The episodes feature the likes of Ian McShane, Tuesday Weld, Ian Holm and Bill Nighy. You get 12 hour-long episodes on 2 DVD’s.
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