Monday, March 13, 2017

Faces of Horror from Mill Creek

Faces of Horror - They're Coming To Get You!

When A Stranger Calls
(1979) - Color - Rated R
Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley, Rachel Roberts, Ron O’Neal

“It contains some great horror moments, biting social commentary and a truly great performance by Tony Beckley in his final film role.” - / Rhett Miller

A terrified young incessantly ringing phone...and whispered threats set the stage for one of the most suspenseful thrillers ever filmed. Carol Kane stars as the baby-sitter who is tormented by a series of ominous phone calls until a compulsive cop (Charles Durning) is brought on the scene to apprehend the psychotic killer. Seven years later, however, the nightmare begins again when the madman returns to mercilessly haunt Kane, now a wife and mother. No longer a naive girl, though still terrified, but prepared, she moves boldly to thwart the maniac’s attack in scenes that culminate in a nerve-shattering conclusion.

Happy Birthday To Me
(1981) - Color - Rated R
Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracy Bregman, Lisa Langlois

“Happy Birthday to Me is an entertaining, sometimes goofy, piece of retro horror that slasher fans should track down.” - / Judge David Johnson

Get ready for a taut mystery-shocker that will keep you at your wit’s end and at the edge of your seat. Popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening - her friends are ruthlessly murdered one-by-one. Will she be the next victim or is she the killer? The terrifying truth is finally uncovered at Virginia’s 18th birthday party and you’re invited!

Double Exposure
(1983) - Color - Rated R
Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, Cleavon Little

A photographer who specializes in taking pictures for men’s magazines is disturbed by his recurring dreams dealing with the apparent murder of his models. When his models begin showing up gruesomely killed, the photographer and his psychiatrist fear he may indeed be a killer. The photographer struggles to find out the truth behind the killings, whether he is responsible or he is being set up by someone else.

Click: The Calendar Girl Killer
(1990) - Color - Not Rated
Troy Donahue, Ross Hagen, Hoke Howell

This suspenseful tale takes place in the world of high fashion photography, where a psychotic killer stalks the models who have gathered at a photographer's remote ranch. As the bodies begin to appear, the depravity in which the victims were murder indicates a twisted and sadistic mind. The remaining models and the photographer must protect themselves at all costs, while wondering if the killer is one of them or some stranger who is butchering them.

Don’t Answer the Phone!
(1980) - Color - Rated R
James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence

A deranged Vietnam veteran becomes a serial killer who targets the female models he photographs in their lingerie. After the killer dispatches each victim, he calls the female host of a radio show to talk about his problems and behavior. While the police attempt to track him down, the killer decides to set his sights upon the radio psychologist and begins stalking her.

Scream Bloody Murder
(1975) - Color - Rated R
Fred Holbert, Leigh Mitchell, Robert Knox

A young man kills his own father and is subsequently set to a mental institution where he remains for many years. Upon his release, he returns home to discover his mother has remarried and, after growing to dislike his new step-father, murders the gentleman as well as his own mother. The crazed man then turns his attention to a young artist whom he has become obsessed with and continues his murderous ways in order to be with her.

Silent Night, Bloody Night
(1974) - Color - Rated R
Patrick O’Neal, John Carradine, Walter Abel

A man inherits his family’s mansion that has been unoccupied for years and was at one time a mental hospital. Desperate to sell for much-needed cash, he sends his attorney to the mansion to prepare it for sale. Unfortunately at the same time, a deranged killer escapes from a nearby institution and returns to the town and the mansion, both which hold some dark and sinister secrets.

Savage Weekend
(1976) - Color - Rated R
Christopher Allport, James Doerr, Marilyn Hamlin

A rich New York City businessman decides to take his fiancee and a few friends upstate to his vacation home to relax. Everyone seems to be enjoying their time resting, drinking and enjoying each others company. This good time is spoiled by the appearance of a masked killer who begins stalking and then butchering the vacationers one by one.

The Demon
(1979) - Color - Rated R
Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Craig Gardner

A deranged killer is stalking the citizens of a small-town, brutally killing a family and abducting the daughter. The town is terrified of these events and is unable to find the killer. Only a former cop with psychic abilities appears to be the town’s hope of tracking down the murderer and finding the missing girl.

The Manipulator
(1971) - Color - Rated R
Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Luana Anders

A has-been movie make-up man has gone over the edge by kidnapping an actress and hiding her on the back lot sound stage of an old movie studio. While there, he forces the actress to perform scenes from various productions, all the while shouting orders to imaginary crew members and spiraling further into madness. Faced with death through starvation or by his hand, the actress must try to reason with a man who has clearly lost his mind.

My Thoughts

Anyone who enjoys a good horror flick will love this collection of cult classics that are now available on DVD. Releases range from 1970 to 1990, so you are getting a taste of three different decades. The films came out great on DVD and  makes seeing them again even more fantastic. Everything is so vivid, especially the gory scenes. The set includes ten fantastic slasher films, each of which features a deranged killer:

When A Stranger Calls - A babysitter is tormented by a crazy murderer.

Happy Birthday To Me - A new one to me! A girl who was in an accident and has memory loss keeps losing her friends to freak accidents.

Double Exposure - The models of a photographer keep getting murdered, and he's afraid he might be the one doing it.

Click: The Calendar Girl Killer - A crazed serial killer is out to get a group of models at a ranch.

Don't Answer the Phone - A Vietnam veteran is ,killing the models he photographs.

Scream Bloody Murder - A man who went to an asylum for killing his father returns to get the rest of his family.

Silent Night, Bloody Night - A serial killer returns to a mansion that used to be his asylum and finds some new victims.

Savage Weekend - A masked killer turns up a  business man's cabin and ruins his weekend getaway.

The Demon - A serial killer is terrorizing a town and kidnaps a child. Only a physic cop can save the day.

The Manipulator- Micky Rooney stars in this film about a make-up artist gone mad who kidnaps an actress.

I just loved this DVD set. Each movie is a 5-star film that horror fans everywhere will appreciate.  Getting them all for one low price also makes this collection a great value for the money.